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Philosophy

Course Descriptions


* Meets Humanities requirement

PHI 150: *Introduction to Philosophy 3-0-3
This course will familiarize the student with the major categories of classic, Western philosophical tradition, ranging from antiquity to the modern era. Students will explore the positions of major philosophical thinkers as they comment on the categories under discussion. Interpretation and communication of the philosophical works of each writer are analyzed. (FA, SP, SU)

PHI 150H: Introduction to Philosophy (Honors) 3-0-3
This course will familiarize the student with the major categories of classic, Western philosophical tradition, ranging from antiquity to the modern era. Students will explore the positions of major philosophical thinkers as they comment on the categories under discussion. Interpretation and communication of the philosophical works of each writer are analyzed. Honors sections of Introduction to Philosophy stress critical thinking and requires completion of an additional significant project beyond non-honors sections of the course. (FA, SP)

PHI 151: *Introduction to Logic 3-0-3
PHI 151 is an introduction to the principles and methods of logic. Deduction, induction, informal fallacies, and other means of valid reasoning are emphasized. (FA, SP)

PHI 152: *Introduction to Ethics 3-0-3
Students will examine various moral philosophers' attempts to prescribe ethical norms applicable to humanity. This course also focuses on the fundamental principles of moral right and wrong and their applications. (FA, SP, SU)

PHI153: Bioethics 3-0-3
This course will philosophically investigate issues arising in the field of bioethics. Theoretical issues will include basic ethical theory, focusing especially on autonomy, justice, beneficence, and nonmaleficence. Topics may include reproduction, euthanasia, informed consent, medical experimentation on human beings, genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell research. (FA,SP,SU,IN)

PHI 155: *Introduction to the Bible 3-0-3
This course examines the Bible through historical, literacy, and philosophical perspectives. Principles and methodology necessary for the academic study of scripture are introduced. (FA, SP)

PHI 157: *War, Peace, and Religion 3-0-3
This course examines the religious philosophies of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism concerning the issues of war and peace, including the concepts of just war theory and pacifism. (FA)

PHI 251: *Religions of the World 3-0-3
This course focuses on the impact that religions have had on history and humanity. The basic beliefs and lifestyles of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are presented. (FA, SP)