Course Offerings Fall 2020

 

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Descriptions for Fall 2020 Philosophy Courses

PHIL 101 – Introduction to Philosophy (Humanities Core)
Prof. Beardsley:  MoWeFr 10 – 10:50 A.M.
Representative philosophical topics, such as mind and body, the grounds of knowledge, the existence of God, moral obligation, political equality, and human freedom, are discussed in connection with contemporary philosophers and figures in the history of philosophy.

PHIL 106 – Language, Knowledge, and Power (Social Scientific Approaches Core or Knowledge, Identity, and Power Requirement)
Prof. Liao:  MoWeFr 10 - 10:50 A.M.  
                   MoWeFr 11 – 11:50 A.M.
This course investigates the ways in which power relations—such as racism, sexism, and ableism—structure two significant areas of individual and collective behavior: language and knowledge. It shows the necessity of philosophizing in critical engagement with the world by connecting social phenomena with social scientific theories. It also shows philosophy’s strength in making fundamental inquires and bridging academic disciplines by drawing on diverse types of empirical evidence.

PHIL 210 – Ancient Greek Philosophy (Humanities Core; Classics Major/Minor)
Prof. Protasi:  MoFr Noon – 1:20 P.M.
A survey of the origins of Western philosophy in Ancient Greece, beginning with the Presocratics and covering Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic philosophy. In this course students are introduced to the answers some of the most influential ancient philosophers have given to the question: “How can we be happy?” In addition to learning what these philosophers thought, students are stimulated to think about these questions from their own modern perspective, and reflect on the extent to which their modern viewpoint differs. Finally, but not least importantly, students learn to read and interpret texts that were written millennia ago. In the process, they encounter argumentative techniques that are still as current as the theses defended through them.

PHIL 250 – Moral Philosophy (Bioethics Emphasis, Neuroscience Minor)
Prof Liao:  TuTh 9:30 – 10:50 A.M.
This course examines a number of ethical theories - theories attempting to provide a systematic account of our beliefs about what is right and wrong, good and bad. The course examines a range of answers to questions like the following: What makes for a good life?  What, if anything, is of value?  What does morality require?  Should we care about moral requirements and, if so, why? Is there a connection between morality and freedom? In addition to a careful study of various classic views, we will consider recent defenses and critiques of these views.

PHIL 325 – 19th Century Philosophy
Prof Beardsley:  TuTh 12:30 – 1:50 P.M.
This course is an introduction to philosophical systems of Hegel, Feuerbach, Marx, J.S. Mill, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. Topics include the nature of history and historical change, the extent of human freedom, the relation between individuals and their cultures, the historical and psychological importance of religious, moral, and philosophical consciousness, and the nature of truth.

Pre-requisites: One previous course in Philosophy.

PHIL 360 – Aesthetics (Humanities Minor; Interdisciplinary Humanities Pathways: Artist as Humanist and Visual Culture)
Prof. Protasi:  TuTh 2 – 3:20 P.M. 
This course is a critical examination of the problems that arise in trying to understand the creation, nature, interpretation, evaluation, and appreciation of works of art. Art is viewed in its relation to other aspects of culture such as morality, economics, and ecology. A variety of classical and contemporary perspectives are examined.

Other Courses Taught by Philosophy Professors

SSI1 146A – The Good Life (Seminar in Scholarly Inquiry 1)
Prof. Protasi:  MoWeFr 9 – 9:50 A.M.