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Courses

Spring 2018

                 

Spring 2018

 

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.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics I
** 2016 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics
** Proficiencies & Experiences/Quantitative Reasoning

001


3:30PM – 4:50PM


TTH


HYER0111


Professor Lockard

002


9:30AM - 10:50AM


TTH


HYER0204


Professor Ehring




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.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics I
** 2016 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics
** Proficiencies & Experiences/Oral Communications – for Professor Fisher’s course only

001


11:00AM – 12:20PM


TTH


HYER0111


Professor Fisher

 002

 12:30PM – 1:50PM

 TTH

 FOSC0153

 Professor Chuard

003


2:00PM - 3:20PM


TTH


HYER0107


Professor Chuard

 



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.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics I
** 2016 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics


001


12:30PM - 1:50PM


TTH


HYER0111


Professor 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.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics I
** 2016 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics


001


2:00PM – 3:20PM


TTH


DALL0105


Professor 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.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics I
** 2016 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics

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

 

001


8:00AM - 9:20AM


TTH


HYER0107


Professor Daley

002


11:00AM – 11:50AM


MWF


HYER0110


Professor Egerstrom

003


2:00PM – 2:50PM


MWF


HYER0204


Professor Egerstrom

004


12:00PM – 12:50PM


MWF


HYER0201


Professor Daley

701

 

5:00PM – 6:20PM

 

MW

 

HYER0201

 

Professor Bartlett



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.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics I
** 2016 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics

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

 

001


9:00AM - 9:50AM


MWF


HYER0110


Professor Egerstrom

002


10:00AM - 10:50AM


MWF


HYER0110


Professor Egerstrom

003


1:00PM – 1:50PM


MWF


HYER0110


Professor Hiltz

004


11:00AM - 11:50AM


MWF


HYER0111


Professor Hiltz

005


3:30PM - 4:50PM


TTH


HYER0106


Professor Matey



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.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics I
** 2016 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics
** 2016 Technology and Mathematics

001H


9:00AM – 9:50AM


MWF


HYER0107


Professor Daley- Honors

002C


9:00AM – 9:50AM


MWF


HYER0107


Professor Daley- Hilltop

003

 

10:00AM – 10:50AM

 

MWF

 

HYER0111

 

Professor Daley


3305. Philosophy of Gender

This course will cover topics in the metaphysics and ethics of gender. In the first half of the class, we’ll consider what gender is: Is it real or socially constructed? Is it essential to us or superficial? Are there gender universals or is gender nominalism more plausible? Are there two genders or more than two? Can you be one gender on the inside and another on the outside?  Exploring these questions will provide the foundation for the second half of the class, which will be about current ethical debates involving gender. We’ll discuss several issues about being transgender: bathroom bills, the right to compete in sports, and eligibility for military service. We’ll also cover debates about equality and fairness in the workplace and in the family: Is it problematic for women to be primary caregivers? What ways of advancing women are fair and just?  Finally, we’ll discuss the men’s rights movement: Is there a need for such a movement? Are men victims of sexism?
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics II
**
2016 Humanities and Fine Arts
** Proficiencies & Experiences/Oral Communications
** Proficiencies & Experiences/Human Diversity

001


12:00PM – 12:50PM


MWF


HYER0110


Professor Kazez

 


3310. Advanced Topics in Philosophy:

Metaphilosophy: Philosophy of Philosophy
This course considers strengths and weaknesses of various methodologies for doing philosophy and links this to current research in Philosophy of Mind, Language, and Cognitive Science involving how concepts refer to things in the world.  Many philosophers have claimed to have been doing "conceptual analysis", and it is interesting to consider whether their methodology really would be likely to reveal facts about the actual referents of philosophical concepts, or whether it is instead more likely just to reveal common misconceptions.  Considered methodologies include the use of intuition in philosophy, naturalized approaches, pragmatist approaches and "experimental philosophy".  This course should be especially useful for philosophy majors and others interested in exploring a variety of approaches applicable to problems in many areas of philosophy.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics II
**
2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

001


3:30PM – 450PM


TTH


HYER0G01


Professor Fisher

 

Consciousness: Philosophical and Empirical
What is consciousness, and where to find it? This course surveys different ways in which recent findings in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience advance our understanding of consciousness, and how such findings can fit into contemporary theories of consciousness, both in philosophy of mind and in cognitive neuroscience. We begin by distinguishing different concepts of consciousness, so as to isolate what exactly philosophical and psychological theories of consciousness aim to capture. We then consider the question of location: which neural structures might be responsible for the fact that we are conscious, and how to find out. Having compared different theoretical models of consciousness, we then focus on visual consciousness: how to distinguish vision from pure cognition, the various perceptual deficits which can help circumscribe the different aspects of visual consciousness, how visual consciousness interacts with memory, as well as the role conscious attention plays in shaping visual consciousness. The last module is concerned with the time of consciousness: how our conscious experiences unfold in time and whether temporal constraints on neuronal processing (brain time) can help us understand the mechanisms underlying consciousness.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics II
**
2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

003


3:30PM – 4:50PM


TTH


HYER0204


Professor Thompson

 


3312. Introduction to Philosophy of Language.
A systematic treatment of such topics as the nature of linguistic reference, meaning, synonymity, truth, vagueness, and metaphor. Also, issues relating to the goals and methodology of linguistics, such as the status of semantic descriptions, and the nature versus nurture controversy in language acquisition theories.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics II
**
2016 Humanities and Fine Arts
** Proficiencies & Experiences/Writing and Information Literacy

001


11:00AM - 12:20AM


TTH


HYER0100


Professor Lockard


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.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics II
**
2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

001


12:30PM – 1:50PM


TTH


HYER0200


Professor Ehring

 


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.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics II
**
2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

 

002


12:30PM – 1:50PM


TTH


HYER0100


Professor Matey


3352. History of Western Philosophy (Modern). Please note - this course is not offered in the Fall
Survey course in the history of modern philosophy covering the modern period, from Descartes to Hume, including Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, and Berkeley. We will examine many seminal writings in philosophy on such key issues as rationalism and empiricism, the nature of external reality and one’s knowledge of it, the existence and nature of God, the relation between mind and body, causation, induction, and the nature of morality and moral action. Satisfies one part of the history requirement for philosophy majors; may be used to satisfy the history requirement for philosophy minors.
** 2012 Historical Context II
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics II
** 2016 History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
** 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

001


2:00PM - 2:50PM


MWF


FOSC0152

Professor Hiltz




3371. Social and Political Philosophy.
Explores central questions in social and political philosophy. Topics vary, but the following are representative. What forms of government are most reasonable and morally defensible? What is justice, and how might it be embodied in a system of government? Are there such things as natural rights? What is the basis for saying that we have rights to freedom of speech and religion? What would constitute a just or fair distribution of the benefits and burdens of social cooperation? Do citizens in a modern, democratic state have a moral obligation to obey its laws? When, if ever, is it legitimate for a state to go to war?
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics II
**
2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

001


9:00AM - 9:50AM


MWF


HYER0200


Professor Hiltz



3374. Philosophy of Law.
This course explores some central and interrelated issues in philosophy of law, or jurisprudence, with a particular emphasis on the role that morality plays in our understanding of law and in the interpretation and application of the law. Here are some of the questions we will consider: When and why does the content of law – what the law is – depend on the content of morality – on what is right and wrong, just and unjust, fair and unfair, etc.? When and how does interpreting and applying laws (statutes, precedents, etc.) involve making value judgments, including moral judgments? Does the United States Constitution enact the “original understanding” of freedom of speech, due process of law, equal protection of the laws, and so on? Or does it, instead, direct us to apply our own, perhaps quite different, understandings of these concepts? (The latter view is called “the moral reading” of the Constitution.) Is there a moral obligation to obey the law? When and why is punishing those who break the law morally justified? Satisfies elective requirements in the following majors and minors: philosophy, ethics, human rights, and law and legal reasoning.
** 2012 Philosophical & Religious Inquiry & Ethics II

** 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

001


9:30AM – 10:50AM


TTH


HYER0107


Professor Robinson