Illustration of orbiting planets. Spring 2016 Courses

PHL 100: Introduction to Philosophy — Introductory survey of philosophy, its nature, methods and problems. Topics typically include, among others, God, freedom, knowledge, right and wrong. Classical and/or contemporary readings.

PHL 115: Contemporary Moral Issues — Survey of contemporary moral problems and dilemmas; introduction to methods and concepts of moral philosophy. Topics may include abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, economic justice, homosexuality, animal rights, and respect for nature.

PHL 116: Bioethics — Moral problems and dilemmas in medicine and health affairs; elementary methods and concepts of moral philosophy. Problems typically include, among others, AIDS and human and animal experimentation.

PHL 120: Practical Reasoning
Survey of skills in critical thinking and scientific reasoning, including the ability to identify different kinds of arguments, recognize common fallacies of reasoning, and evaluate analogical, causal, and statistical arguments.
  • M/W/F 10:10 - 11:00 a.m., Professor Ball
  • M/W/F 12:20 - 1:10 p.m., Professor Ball

PHL 135: The Rule of Law — Law and legal institutions and processes, with emphasis on civil law. Development of legal ideas in such areas as torts, contracts, and property law. Role and history of legal institutions within political framework. Relations between courts and legislatures.

PHL 204: Philosophy and Christianity — What Christians believe and why they believe it; foundations of Christian philosophical thought. Christian concepts of God, Christ, salvation, atonement, faith, and ethics.
  • W 5:00 - 7:30 p.m., Professor Stephens

PHL 230: Social/Political Philosophy — Survey of contemporary debates concerning fundamental principles of political life. Topics typically include justification of political authority, the proper role of government in society, economic justice, freedom and rights, and the free enterprise system. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course.

PHL 239: Classical Thought of India, China, and the West — Conceptions of self, society, and natural world.

PHL 290: Philosophy in Film

PHL 291: Philosophy and Superheroes

PHL 292/492: Neuroethics — Ethical issues related to neuroscience and other sciences of the mind; methods and concepts of moral philosophy. Topics typically include: privacy and side effects of brain technologies; neuroscientific threats to free will; moral responsibility and mental illness; emotion and reason in moral judgment; cognitive enhancement and personality change; ethically sound research practices.

PHL 335: Philosophy of Law — Theories of the nature of law (natural law, realism, positivism, critical legal theory); interpretation of precedents, statutes, and Constitution; Constitutional protections such as freedom of speech and religion and the right of privacy; selected issues in criminal and civil law.

PHL 341: History of Philosophy: Descartes to Hume — Philosophy in modern era, focusing on continental rationalism and British empiricism; emphasis on theories of knowledge and reality; science, religion, and modernism. One previous PHL course or permission of instructor required.

PHL 375/475: Philosophy of Mind — Mind; its nature, forms, and functions. Concepts of mind/body, consciousness, rationality, and personal identity; free will. One previous PHL course or permission of instructor required.

PHL 408: Metaphysics — Reality; its basic elements, principles of existence and identity, and appearance and reality. Concepts of cause, matter, mind, realism, and anti-realism. Two previous PHL courses or permission of instructor required.

PHL 490: Philosophy of Science

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