Academic Catalog

Philosophy (3600)

3600:511. Plato. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Detailed study of the origin and development of Plato's Theory of Forms and the related theories of knowledge, ethics, and politics.

3600:514. Aquinas. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. An in depth examination of the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas covering his contributions in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political theory, and philosophical theology.

3600:515. Augustine. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. An in depth examination of the philosophy of St. Augustine covering his contributions in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political theory, and philosophical theology.

3600:518. 20th Century Analytic Philosophy. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Study of ideal and ordinary language movements in 20th century British and American philosophy. Deals with such figures as Russell, Carnap, Ayer, Moore, Wittgenstein, Ryle and Austen.

3600:521. Philosophy of Law. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Identification and critical evaluation of classic and contemporary theories and assumptions of law, including legal reasoning, justice, natural law, punishment, etc.

3600:524. Existentialism. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: permission of instructor. In-depth inquiry into the thought of Kierkegaard, Jaspers, Heidegger, Sartre, Tillich and other existentialists with their concern for the human condition.

3600:526. Phenomenology. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. In-depth inquiry into methodology of Husserl and Heidegger and their influence upon Western European and American thought.

3600:532. Aristotle. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Detailed study of Aristotle's metaphysics, philosophy of nature, philosophy of mankind and ethics.

3600:534. Kant. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Study of Kantian system of thought and its relation to history of philosophy. Includes thorough investigation of one or more of Kant's philosophical works.

3600:555. Philosophy of Feminism. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Study of feminist critiques of, and alternatives to, traditional western philosophy, including topics in ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and religion.

3600:561. Neuroethics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Discussion and evaluation of contemporary theories of moral agency arising from developments in neuroscience.

3600:562. Theory of Knowledge. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Examination of nature of knowledge; theories of perception, conception and truth, problem of induction and relation of language to knowledge.

3600:564. Philosophy of Science. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Nature of scientific inquiry, types of explanation, laws and causality, theoretical concepts and reality. Also considers critics of hypothetical-deductive view of science, e.g., Hanson and Kuhn.

3600:571. Metaphysics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Theories about ultimate nature and ultimate explanation of reality. Uses readings from classical and contemporary sources.

3600:580. Seminar in Philosophy. (3 Credits)

(May be repeated, for additional credit, with change of topic). Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Varying philosophical topics not covered in regular course offerings.

3600:581. Philosophy of Language. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Contemporary philosophies about nature of language and its relation to reality and human thinking. Includes discussion of views of linguists such as Chomsky.

3600:665. Ethics of Science. (3 Credits)

Examination of the foundational issues surrounding ethics and science as well as consideration of applied ethical issues of scientists, science, new technologies and society.