Undergraduate Courses (Master)

Please note that not all of the courses listed below will be available during the current semester. Please check with the department as to the availability of a particular class.

PHI 1000 - Intro to Philosophy

Description: The issues of God, persons and nature, and knowledge. Readings include sources which give special consideration to the classical and Christian perspectives.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Summer 2012, Summer 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010

PHI 2010 - Logic & Critical Thinking

Description: The study of logic and critical thinking. Topics include: argument identification and analysis; formal and informal logic; fallacies; inductive argument; the role of argumentative structures in various philosophical traditions.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012

PHI 2115 - Ethics for Health Care Prof

Description: Rights and duties of the patient/client and the members of the health care team, death and dying, genetic engineering and manipulation.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012

PHI 2116 - Bioethics

Description: Theories and conceptions of human suffering, death and life; issues of suicide, bereavement, grief and euthanasia.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2011, Fall 2010

PHI 2121 - Environmental Ethics

Description: The relation of the physical and biological environment to ethical values. Priorities among environmental, economic and political values as a basis for ethical decisions.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010

PHI 2130 - Business Ethics

Description: Social justice and charity as principles of order in economic life and relationships: topics include consumer rights, corporate social responsibility, and ecology.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2007, Fall 2006, Spring 2006, Fall 2005

PHI 2140 - Phil of Criminal Justice

Description: Philosophical dimensions of criminal justice; law and morality, criminal versus civil disobedience, philosophical presuppositions of the insanity defense, philosophical problems in controlling and correcting criminal and delinquent behavior.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2009

PHI 2150 - Engineering Ethics

Description: Whistle-blowing, conflicts of interest, political contributions, and the social responsibility of engineers.

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PHI 2160 - The Ethics of War

Description: Just war theory, total war, nuclear deterrence and nuclear war, disarmament, genocide, war crimes and atrocities, terrorism, non-violent resistance, and pacifism.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010

PHI 2170 - Mass Media Ethics

Description: The impact of the changing communications technologies on the human person and society; freedom of the press, violence; pornography and censorship, confidentiality of sources, advertising ethics and codes of ethics and standards of practice.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2003, Fall 2001, Fall 2000, Fall 1999

PHI 2180 - Computer Ethics

Description: Codes of professional ethics, unauthorized access, ownership of software, and the social responsibility of computing professionals.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010

PHI 2190 - Freedom

Description: Human freedom analyzed from a metaphysical and political perspective; readings from classical and contemporary sources on such topics as determinism, slavery, rights, authority and dissent.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009

PHI 2300 - Philosophy of Law

Description: The nature and function of law, relation of law to ethics, the judicial process, the role of constitutions, the rights of citizens, law and international relations.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010

PHI 2400 - Social & Political Phil

Description: Social and political philosophers and the influence of their theories on the philosophical foundation of modern culture and society; emphasis on such conceptions as society, the state, justice and equality, and the social and political nature of persons.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012

PHI 2410 - Philosophy of Sex & Love

Description: Embodiment, the nature of sexuality, the types of love, sexual ethics, marriage, sexual differences, and sexual discrimination.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009

PHI 2420 - Philosophy of Women

Description: Nature and status of women from ancient times to the present, with consideration of the more general context of self-identity; contemporary feminist theories; feminism as a political movement.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012

PHI 2430 - Eco-Feminism

Description: Basic positions in eco-feminism as they relate to the philosophical and religious traditions of the West.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2011, Fall 2007, Spring 2007, Fall 2002

PHI 2440 - Amer Indian Thought & Culture

Description: Religious and philosophical concepts of personhood community, and nature; contrast of European and Euro-American Indian philosophies.

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PHI 2450 - Catholic Social Thought

Description: Catholic Social Thought from Rerum Navarum to the present. Its Aristotelean-Thomistic grounding. The Church's challenge to analyses of contemporary social, political, and economic systems.

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Last Offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012

PHI 2550 - Technology & Society

Description: Case studies of specific technologies (such as television, automobiles, health technology) and critical examination of ethical Philosophical and policy issues that these technologies raise.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011

PHI 2650 - Philosophy of Sport

Description: Nature of play, sport and game with special emphasis on the role of sport in modern society.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2008

PHI 2700 - Philosophy of Science

Description: Philosophical implications of specific laws and theories; Newton's laws, energy, evolution, relativity, atomic theory. Methodological problems of observation, discovery, testing; scientific realism, revolutions in scientific thought.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2008, Fall 2007, Spring 2006

PHI 2710 - Theories of Knowledge

Description: Nature and limits of human knowledge, kinds of knowledge, the nature of perception, subjectivity, belief, doubt, truth, and certitude.

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Last Offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011

PHI 2750 - Philosophy of Art

Description: The principles and causes of beauty and art with special reference to the formation of art objects and the cultural context of philosophy and art.

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Last Offered: Spring 2012, Fall 2008, Fall 2007, Fall 2006

PHI 2760 - Philosophy & Literature

Description: Philosophical ideas in selected literary works; examination of the relation of literature to philosophy; fiction and truth, modes of communication.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Summer 2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2012, Spring 2012

PHI 2800 - Philosophy of History

Description: Theories concerning the nature of history, the idea of progress, historical inevitability, the role of the "great man".

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Spring 2010

PHI 2900 - Philosophy of Religion

Description: The meaning of God, the experience of the Divine, nature of revelation, negative theology, the absence of God.

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Last Offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007

PHI 2910 - Mysticism & Philosophy

Description: The metaphysical interpretation of God, humans and the world implicit in the writings of selected mystics; epistemological issues such as mysticism and logic, the value of mystical experience, mysticism and psychedelic experience, mysticism and ethics.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2012

PHI 2920 - Asian Philosophies

Description: Sources of Eastern philosophies; aspects of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and/or Sufism.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2009, Spring 2008

PHI 2990 - Topics in Philosophy

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011

PHI 2993 - Internship

Description: Departmentally related and academically creditable field work experience. See department chair for more information. Permission of Department Chair required.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2013, Summer 2013, Summer 2012, Fall 2011

PHI 2996 - Internship

Description: Departmentally related and academically creditable field work experience. See department chair for more information.

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Credit Hours: 6

Last Offered: Summer 2013, Summer 2012, Fall 2011, Summer 2011

PHI 3020 - History of Ancient Philosophy

Description: Plato, Aristotle and selected pre-Socratic and Hellenistic philosophers in the context of ancient and classical Greek civilization.

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Last Offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012

PHI 3030 - History of Medieval Philosophy

Description: Philosophical movements from the early Middle Ages to the rise of modern philosophy; the influence of later Medieval speculation upon thinkers of the modern period; readings from Augustine, Aquinas, Bonaventure, and others.

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Last Offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010

PHI 3040 - Hist of Early Mod Philosophy

Description: The systems of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, and the empiricists - Locke, berkeley, and Hume; Kant; selections read and evaluated.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010

PHI 3050 - Kant & 19th Cent Philosophy

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Last Offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Fall 2007, Spring 2007

PHI 3100 - Augustine & Antiquity

Description: Life and thought of Saint Augustine; the problem of certitude, the problem of evil, the nature of history, human knowledge and God, the soul-body relations, and political philosophy.

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Last Offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2005, Fall 2001, Spring 1997

PHI 3120 - Augustine & Modernity

Description: Influences of Augustine's major teachings in shaping medieval and modern thought. Augustine's position on human nature, human freedom, sin and grace, history, and the nature and end of society.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2009, Fall 1999, Fall 1998

PHI 3160 - History of Islamic Phil

Description: Islamic thought, concentrating particularly on Islamic medieval theology and philosophy.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2008, Spring 2005, Fall 2004, Fall 2002

PHI 3410 - Thomas Aquinas

Description: Historical influences in the formation of St. Thomas' thought; specific contributions of Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism; theory of knowledge, being, persons and morality.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Fall 2005

PHI 3720 - Marx & Marxism

Description: Marx on the theories of human nature, freedom and history; related developments in Marxist thought.

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Last Offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009

PHI 3730 - American Philosophy

Description: The growth of philosophy in America, concentrating on the thinkers of the classical period, especially Peirce, James, Royce, Dewey, and Santayana.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2006

PHI 3740 - Analytic Philosophy

Description: Major themes and trends in analytic philosophy: Russell, logical positivisim, Wittgenstein and present day linguistic philosophy.

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PHI 3990 - Topics in Hist of Philosophy

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PHI 4100 - Plato & Aristotle

Description: Selected texts and themes from Plato and Aristotle.

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Last Offered: Fall 2005

PHI 4110 - Metaphysics

Description: Questions regarding the nature and possibility of metaphysics; selected texts from Greek philosophy to the present.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2007, Fall 2006, Fall 2005

PHI 4120 - Philosophy of Biology

Description: Key assumptions of the contemporary sciences: the meaning of life, the relevance of science, the structure of the life sciences, the "doctrine" of DNA and molecular genetics, evolutionary theory, ecology and the "Gaia" hypotheses, and the ethical and social issues spawned by new advances in biology and molecular genetics.

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PHI 4140 - Phil of Contemporary Music

Description: Critical listening to rock pop, jazz, rap, funk, punk, dance, and ambient music; relation of music to noise; theories of Hanslick, Nietzsche, Adorno, Barthes, Foucault, Deleuze, and Cage.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Fall 2010, Fall 2009

PHI 4150 - Philosophy & Film

Description: Analysis of selected classics and current films from the perspective of basic philosophical concepts and questions.

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Last Offered: Fall 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2012, Summer 2012

PHI 4200 - Philosophy of Language

Description: Major classical and contemporary philosophical theories concerning language, including the relationship of language to thought, experience and reality; theories of meaning, communication, linguistics, translation, poetic and religious language.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 1998, Spring 1998

PHI 4210 - Environmental Philosophy

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PHI 4600 - Psychoanalysis & Philosophy

Description: Philosophical implications of Freudian theory as it relates to the individual and culture; the role of the unconscious; interpretation, structure of the ego, human sexuality and the foundations of civilization.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Spring 2008, Spring 2006, Fall 2005, Spring 2005

PHI 4610 - Philosophy of Mind

Description: The nature of mind, soul, consciousness; the mind-brain relationship; classical and contemporary philosophical approaches; the nature of person identity and moral responsibility.

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Last Offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010

PHI 4800 - French Existen & Phenom

Description: The development of phenomenology and existentialism in post-war France; the challenge to this thought by structuralism. Sartre, Marcel, Camus, Merleau-Ponty, Ricoeur, Levinas.

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Last Offered: Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Spring 2010

PHI 4850 - German Existen & Phenom

Description: Individual and mass society, freedom, our consciousness of the world, and death in the writings of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl and Heidegger.

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Last Offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Fall 2010, Fall 2008

PHI 4875 - Hermeneutics

Description: Problem of interpretation; the possibility of a presuppositionless interpretation, interpretation, pre- understanding and the hermeneutic circle, historical, literary, scriptural and artistic interpretation.

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Last Offered: Fall 2008, Spring 2000, Fall 1998

PHI 4900 - Feminist Theory

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PHI 4990 - Independent Study & Research

Description: Topic chosen by the student and approved by the professor and the chair.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012

PHI 5000 - Adv Sem for Phil Majors

Description: Special topic in philosophy or current interest to faculty and students. Course is open to Philosophy majors and minors and graduate students with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy.

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Credit Hours: 3

Last Offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012