Philosophy

Fall 2018

Fall Schedule of Classes 2018

*for a complete listing of courses offered visit the offical SMU catalog

 

 

1300. Introduction to Critical Thinking 
Learning to analyze, evaluate, and present information in order to better assess one's own beliefs and to persuade others more effectively.
*Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

001   11:00AM - 11:50AM     MWF   DALL0357    Hiltz 

 


 

1301. Elementary Logic
An introductory course in symbolic logic. Logic provides a means for determining whether the purported conclusion of an argument really does follow from the premises. In symbolic logic, mechanical procedures are developed for determining whether a given argument is valid. The techniques and skills acquired through logic have important applications not only within other academic areas such as the sciences and humanities, but may be of use within various professional areas, including law. Satisfies elective requirements in the following majors and minors: philosophy; law and legal reasoning.
*Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Quantitative Reasoning

001


9:30AM – 10:50AM


TTH


HYER0200


Ehring

002


11:00AM - 12:20PM


TTH


ULEE0303


Lockard




1305. Introduction to Philosophy
A general introduction to the central questions of philosophy; topics include the theory of knowledge, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, ethics and political philosophy. Typical questions might include: Can we know the world outside our minds? Is it rational to believe in a God who allows evil to exist? Do the laws of physics allow for human freedom? Is morality more than a matter of opinion? Can there be unequal wealth in a just society? Readings will include classical authors such as Plato, Descartes, Locke, Hume and Mill, as well as contemporary philosophers. The focus of the course will be on arguments for and against proposed solutions to key problems of philosophy.
*Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

001   3:00PM - 3:50PM  MWF    HYER0200    Barnes 
002    12:00PM - 12:50PM  MWF   HYER0111    Howell 
 003   2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF   HYER0111   Parker-Ryan



1306. Introduction to Philosophy – Mind, Machines, and Persons
A focused introduction to the central questions of philosophy, with an emphasis on the mind and the self. Typical questions might include the following: Does the soul exist? Is the mind the same thing as the brain? Can animals feel pain? Can they think? Can a computer think? Might the mind be a computer? What is consciousness? Can people understand experiences radically different from their own? What is the self? Can one survive the death of the body? The focus of the course is on arguments for and against proposed solutions to philosophical problems concerning mind, machines, and persons.
*Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

 

   001    11:00AM - 12:20PM    TTH    HYER0106     Fisher
 002H       3:30PM - 4:50PM     TTH    DALL0102   Thompson



1316. Introduction to Ethics
Introduces philosophical ethics focusing on questions in ethical theory. Topics vary, but the following are representative. What makes our lives good or bad? What makes our actions morally right or morally wrong? Is there a real, objective difference between good and bad, right and wrong? Why be moral? Focus on arguments for and against major positions on issues such as these.
*Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

 

001    9:30AM - 10:50AM    TTH    HYER0102    Robinson 

 


1317. Business Ethics

Examines the moral dimensions of actions and practices in the business world. Students explore ethical theories and standards of evaluation for actions and practices generally, and discuss how these theories and standards apply to a variety of issues in business. Topics vary, but the following are representative: advertising, capitalism vs. socialism, corporate culture, product quality and safety, the responsibilities of corporations to the societies that sustain them, the use of animals in product testing, and working conditions and compensation.
*Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

Satisfies elective requirements in the following majors and minors: philosophy; ethics.

 001   9:30AM - 10:50AM    TTH    DALL0102    Daley 
 002   8:00AM - 9:20AM    TTH    HYER0110    Crabill 
 003    1:00PM - 1:50PM   MWF    HYER0201    Crabill 
 004   2:00PM - 2:50PM    MWF    DLSB0110     Hiltz
 005   3:00PM - 3:50PM    MWF    FOSC0158     Hiltz 


1318. Contemporary Moral Problems

An introduction to philosophical ethics focusing on questions in applied ethics. Students begin by exploring ethical theories and philosophical methods. The majority of the course is devoted to applying those theories and methods to some of the most controversial and pressing issues confronting contemporary society. Topics vary, but the following are representative: abortion, animal rights, affirmative action, capital punishment, economic justice, euthanasia, sexuality, war and terrorism, and world hunger. Class discussion is an important component of the course, as is reading and (in some sections) writing argumentative essays about these issues.
*Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

May be used to fulfill requirements in the following majors and minors: philosophy; ethics.

001   12:00PM - 12:50PM    MWF    HYER0200    Hiltz 
 002   11:00AM - 11:50AM    MWF    FOSC0158    Crabill 
 003   12:00PM - 12:50PM    MWF    HYER0110    Daley 
 004   3:30PM - 4:50PM    TTH    HYER0111    Matey 
 005   2:00PM - 3:20PM    TTH    HYER0102    Liberman 
 006   2:00PM - 2:50PM    MWF    HYER0110    Crabill 



1319. Technology, Society, and Value
Advances in technology are raising many ethical issues that require serious considerations. We will discuss issues surrounding such technologies and how they affect the views of warfare, privacy, human enhancement, and artificial intelligence.
*Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Technology and Mathematics

001H


9:00AM – 9:50AM


MWF


DLSB0110


Professor Daley- Honors

002C


9:00AM – 9:50AM


MWF


DLSB0110


Professor Daley- Hilltop

003

 

11:00AM – 11:50AM

 

MWF

 

FOSC152

 

Professor Daley

 


3301. Intermediate Logic

Introduces the formal theory of the logical systems students have already learned to use: sentential logic and predicate logic. Students learn to prove the completeness and soundness of both of these systems. Also, simple nonstandard logical systems such as modal, epistemic, or deontic logic if time permits.
*Technology and Mathematics
*Humanities and Fine Arts

001   2:00PM - 3:20PM    TTH    FOSC0157    Lockard 

 


3302. Problems in the Philosophy of Religion

The philosophy of religion, considering such problems as religious experience, human freedom, good and evil, belief in God, and immortality.
*Humanities and Fine Arts

001C   12:30PM - 1:50PM    TTH    HYER0107    DeTemple 

 


3314 Metaphysics.
Some of the most central and traditional questions in philosophy are metaphysical: Do objects really exist? What are they? And what are persons: do we persist over time, can we survive change? Are we really free, or are all our actions determined by the laws of nature? Are our minds simply reducible to our brains? Are there such things as souls? How about the properties of things – objects have sizes and shapes, we have nationalities and genders, but what are these properties exactly? Can we know anything about the ultimate structure of reality? Does it include God? Is science the only way to discover what really exists and how things really are? This course offers a systematic approach to these questions and others.
*Humanities and Fine Arts
*Writing (REQUIRED Proficiencies and Experiences)

001   12:30PM - 1:50PM    TTH    HYER0106    Ehring 

 


3316. Minds, Brains, and Robotics 
Topics may include neural networks, artificial intelligence, perception and action, consciousness, robotics, dynamical systems, embodied cognition, game theory, and the evolution of cognition. Prerequisites: Two courses in fields related to cognitive science (philosophy, computer science, computer engineering, psychology, linguistics, biology, or anthropology). Counts towards the cognitive science minor.
*Humanities and Fine Arts

001   3:30PM - 4:50PM    TTH    HYER00G1    Fisher 

 


3323. Philosophy of Psychology and Neuroscience
This course focuses on several issues of contemporary interest to both philosophers and psychologists. Topics to be discussed include: nature of the self and personal identity, moral psychology, self-knowledge and the reliability of introspection, free will versus determinism. Historically, these questions have their roots in philosophy but they have now moved to some degree into the purview of science. As cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists weigh in on these issues, some philosophers raise concerns about the extent and even possibility of such contributions. However, many philosophers take a keen interest in these scientific developments and there has also been much of collaborative work and work crossing these disciplinary lines.
*Ways of Knowing
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Humanities and Fine Arts

001   12:30PM - 1:50PM    TTH    DLSB0132    Matey 

 


3351. History of Western Philosophy (Ancient)
A study of the major philosophers from Thales to Plotinus, including Plato and Aristotle. Please note: this course is only offered in the Fall term.
*Humanities and Fine Arts
*Writing (REQUIRED Proficiencies and Experiences)

001   10:00AM - 10:50AM    MWF    DALL0357    Barnes 

 


3356. American Philosophy
Historical development and contemporary themes in American philosophy. Varying emphasis may be placed on trends (e.g., Native American thought, pragmatism), historical figures (e.g., Dewey, Quine), or influential contemporary figures (e.g., Brandom).
*Historical Contexts
*Humanities and Fine Arts

 

 701   5:00PM - 6:20PM    MW    HYER0106    Bartlett 




3375. Topics in Moral Philosophy: Ethics of Pleasure and Pain
A topics offering that seeks to take advantage of the wide variety of issues that can be fruitfully explored in a course in moral philosophy. May be repeated for credit. 
*Humanities and Fine Arts


001    12:30PM - 1:50PM    TTH    FOSC0153    Robinson/Thompson 

 

3375. Topics in Moral Philosophy: Meaning of Life
A topics offering that seeks to take advantage of the wide variety of issues that can be fruitfully explored in a course in moral philosophy. May be repeated for credit. 
*Humanities and Fine Arts

 

002    2:00PM - 2:50PM    MWF    HYER0201    Kazez 



3376. Bioethics
An examination of ethical questions arising within medical practice, medical research, and the life sciences.
*Humanities and Fine Arts

001   11:00AM - 12:20PM    TTH    DALL357    Liberman 

 


3381. Neuroethics

Neuroethics concerns the ethical questions raised by the brain sciences. Is neuroenhancement morally problematic? Should the use of brain scans be limited? What does neuroscience tell us about ethical judgment?
*Humanities and Fine Arts

001   2:00PM - 3:20PM    TTH    FOSC0155    Howell