Current Course Offerings

2021 Courses

Fall Schedule of Classes 2021

*for a complete listing of Philosophy courses visit the official 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.

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Quantitative Reasoning

001 12:00PM - 12:50 PM MWF DALL142 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.

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Quantitative Reasoning

001 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR DLSB 131 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.

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

001 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF HYER 107 Barnes
002 2:00PM - 3:20 PM TR FOSC 158 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.

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

001 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR FOSC 155 Thompson
002 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR HYER 102 Fisher

 


1316. Introduction to Ethics
An introduction to ethics, or moral philosophy, that focuses on questions in ethical theory. Examines topics such as: What makes our lives good or bad, better or worse? What makes our actions morally right or morally wrong? Is the distinction between doing harm and allowing harm a morally relevant one? Can our intentions affect the rightness/wrongness of our actions? When and why is it morally permissible for the state to punish someone for breaking the law?

 

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

 

001 9:30AM - 10:20AM
TR DLSB 131 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.

 

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

 

001 11:00AM - 11:50AM MWF HYER 102 Crabill
002 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF HYER 102 Crabill
003 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF DALL 142 Hiltz
004 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF DALL 142 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.

 

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

 

001 9:00AM - 9:50AM MWF HYER 107 Daley
002 11:00AM - 11:50AM MWF ULEE 117 Daley
003 1:00PM - 1:50PM MWF HYER 107 Parker-Ryan
004 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF HYER 107 Parker-Ryan
005 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR HYER 111 Matey

 


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

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Breadth: 2016 Technology and Mathematics

001 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF HYER 107 Parker-Ryan
002 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF HEROY 152 Crabill
003H 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR HYER 204 Daley
004C 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR HYER 204 Daley
005 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF HEROY 152 Crabill
006 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR HYER 107 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. Prerequisite: PHIL 1301 or its equivalent. Counts towards the cognitive science minor.

*Breadth: 2016 Technology and Mathematics 
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

001 2:00PM - 3:20PM TR DALL 357 Lockard

 


3310. Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy and Video Games
A topics offering that seeks to take advantage of the wide variety of issues that can be fruitfully explored in a course in advanced philosophy. May be repeated for credit. Recently offered topics include: the philosophy of human emotions; the metaphysics of necessity; meaning and methodology.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

001 3:30PM - 4:50PM TR HYER 106 Thompson

 


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 or neuroscience minor.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry 
*Depth: 2016 Humanities & Fine Arts
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Quantitative Reasoning

001 3:30PM - 4:50PM TR HYER 0G1 (basement) Fisher

 


3323. Philosophy of Psychology and Neuroscience
What sorts of explanations do cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists seek about cognitive functions and the nature of our minds? What assumptions, and what evidence, do such explanations rest upon? Counts towards the cognitive science or neuroscience minor.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities & Fine Arts
*Foundation: 2016 Ways of Knowing
*Proficiencies and Experiences: CC Writing

001 3:30PM - 4:50PM TR CLEM 325 Matey

 


3324. Consciousness: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches
How do recent empirical findings in cognitive psychology and neuroscience advance our understanding of the nature of consciousness? What philosophical issues do such findings and their explanations raise? Counts towards the cognitive science minor.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts
*Foundation: 2016 Ways of Knowing
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Information Literacy
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Oral Communication
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Writing
*Proficiencies and Experiences: CC Oral Communication
*Proficiencies and Experiences: CC Writing

001 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR DALL156 Chuard

 


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 not offered in the Spring term.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities & Fine Arts

 

001 10:00AM - 10:50AM MWF DALL142 Barnes

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? 

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

001 11:00AM -11:50AM MWF DALL 142 Hiltz

3378. The Good Life: An Inquiry into Individual and Social Ethics 
Provides skills for reasoning ethically about a good life as an individual and society, drawing on resources from philosophy, theology, and political science. 

 
001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR ULEE 243 Long

3379. Environmental Ethics
Explores society’s ethical obligations concerning the natural world. Topical issues like climate change, endangered species, recycling, the population explosion, and wilderness preservation are covered from a variety of philosophical perspectives. 

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities & Fine Arts
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Oral Communication

001 1:00PM - 1:50PM MWF HYER 106 Kazez


3380. Ethics: Morality, Self-Interest, and Justice
Explores issues in normative ethical and political theory, with a particular emphasis on morality, self-interest, and justice. Topics vary, but the following are representative. Might enlightened self-interest be the basis of morality? Is a morally right action one that maximizes overall happiness or well-being, or are there moral rights or duties that prohibit the sacrifice of individuals or their interests for the sake of the greater good? Does individual well-being (or self-interest) consist of pleasure and freedom from pain? Do our subjective interests (our desires or preferences) determine what is ultimately best for us, or are there desire-independent goods, such as knowledge or moral virtue? To what extent, if any, does justice permit inequality of income or wealth? Do individuals have “natural” rights that prohibit the state from using certain means (e.g., taxes and transfers) to promote greater social welfare or less economic inequality? 

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities & Fine Arts

001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR DALL 102 Robinson

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?

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities & Fine Arts

001 2:00PM - 3:20PM TR DALL 142 Howell

 

Spring Schedule of Classes 2021

*for a complete listing of Philosophy courses visit the official SMU catalog




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.

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Quantitative Reasoning

001 9:30AM - 10:50AM TR VIRTUAL Ehring
002   11:00AM - 12:20PM   TR   DLSB 131   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.

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

001H 10:00AM - 10:50AM MWF HYER 204 Barnes
002 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Parker-Ryan
003    2:00PM - 3:20PM   TR   DALL 116   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.

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR VIRTUAL Thompson
002 3:30PM - 4:50PM TR VIRTUAL Fisher

 


1316. Introduction to Ethics
An introduction to ethics, or moral philosophy, that focuses on questions in ethical theory. Examines topics such as: What makes our lives good or bad, better or worse? What makes our actions morally right or morally wrong? Is the distinction between doing harm and allowing harm a morally relevant one? Can our intentions affect the rightness/wrongness of our actions? When and why is it morally permissible for the state to punish someone for breaking the law?

 

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

 

001 9:30AM - 10:50AM TR VIRTUAL 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.

 

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

 

001 10:00AM - 10:50AM MWF VIRTUAL Crabill
002 11:00AM - 11:50AM MWF VIRTUAL Crabill
003 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Hiltz
004 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF VIRTUAL 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.

 

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

 

001 9:00AM - 9:50AM MWF VIRTUAL Hiltz
002 10:00AM - 10:50AM MWF VIRTUAL Daley
003 11:00AM - 11:50AM MWF VIRTUAL Daley
004 1:00PM - 1:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Parker-Ryan
005   9:30AM - 10:50PM   TR   VIRTUAL   Liberman
006    3:30PM - 4:50PM   TR   VIRTUAL   Matey

 


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

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Breadth: 2016 Technology and Mathematics

001 1:00PM - 1:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Crabill
002H 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Crabill
003C 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Crabill
004 9:30AM - 10:50AM TR VIRTUAL Daley
005 11:00AM - 12:20AM TR VIRTUAL Daley
006 2:00PM - 3:20PM TR VIRTUAL Howell

 


3310. Advanced Topics in Philosophy: Personal Identity
May be repeated for credit.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR VIRTUAL Ehring

 


3310. Advanced Topics in Philosophy: The Future of Humanity
May be repeated for credit.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

002 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR VIRTUAL Fisher

 


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. Counts towards the cognitive science minor.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

001 2:00PM - 3:20PM TR DALL 142 Lockard

 


3315. Philosophy of Mind
A systematic treatment of the nature of consciousness, self, and person. Counts towards the cognitive science or neuroscience minor.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Writing

001 3:30PM - 4:50PM TR VIRTUAL Thompson

3321. Time, Space, and Metaphysics
Does time pass? Do the past and the future exist? Is space a thing? What are the laws of nature? This course introduces some central issues in the metaphysics of science.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts
*Proficiences and Experiences: 2016 Information Literacy
*Proficiences and Experiences: 2016 Oral Communication
*Proficiences and Experiences: 2016 Writing
*Proficiences and Experiences: CC Oral Communication
*Proficiences and Experiences: CC Writing

001 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR HYER 204 Chuard

 


3323. Philosophy of Psychology and Neuroscience
What sorts of explanations do cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists seek about cognitive functions and the nature of our minds? What assumptions, and what evidence, do such explanations rest upon? Counts towards the cognitive science or neuroscience minor.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts
*Foundation: 2016 Ways of Knowing
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Information Literacy
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Oral Communication
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Writing
*Proficiences and Experiences: CC Writing

001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR VIRTUAL Matey

 


3352. History of Western Philosophy - Modern
Survey course in the history of modern philosophy covering the modern period, from Descartes to Hume, including Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, and Berkeley. Examines 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. Please note: this course is not offered in the Fall term.
  
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts
*Depth: 2016 History, Social and Behavioral Sciences

 

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

3372. Liberty
Investigates the topics of freedom and autonomy primarily from the standpoint of social and political philosophy. Students explore the nature of freedom and its role in a good society along with the nature of autonomy (self-governance) and its role in a good life. Also, the distinction between negative and positive liberty, the nature of coercion, the republican theory of freedom, the nature of personal autonomy, the value of freedom, and other topics.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts
*Proficiences and Experiences: 2016 Information Literacy

001 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF HYER 201 Barnes


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.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR VIRTUAL Robinson

 


3375. Topics in Moral Philosophy: The 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. Recently offered topics include the meaning of life, neuroethics, Plato’s ethical thought, practical rationality, and procreation & parenthood.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

002 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Kazez


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

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities & Fine Arts

001 2:00PM - 3:20PM TR VIRTUAL Liberman

May Schedule of Classes 2021

*for a complete listing of Philosophy courses visit the official SMU catalog



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.


*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

001 10:00AM - 2:00PM M-F VIRTUAL Lockard

 


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.

 

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

001 10:00AM - 2:00PM M-F VIRTUAL Daley

 


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.

 

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

 

001 9:00AM - 11:00AM M-F VIRTUAL Matey
    12:00PM - 2:00 PM            

 


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

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Breadth: Technology and Mathematics

001 12:00PM - 4:00PM M-F VIRTUAL Parker-Ryan

 

 

Summer 1 Schedule of Classes 2021

*for a complete listing of Philosophy courses visit the official SMU catalog

 

 

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.

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Quantitative Reasoning

0011 3:00PM - 4:50PM M-F HYER 100 Lockard
 

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 not offered in the Spring term.

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

 

0011 2:00PM - 3:50PM M-F HYER 200 Barnes
 
 

Summer 2 Schedule of Classes 2021

*for a complete listing of Philosophy courses visit the official SMU catalog

 

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.

 

*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry

 

0012 3:00PM - 6:00PM TuWTh VIRTUAL Daley

 


3315. Philosophy of Mind
A systematic treatment of the nature of consciousness, self, and person. Counts towards the cognitive science or neuroscience minor.

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

0012 1:00PM - 2:50PM M-F VIRTUAL Fisher

 


3352. History of Western Philosophy - Modern
Survey course in the history of modern philosophy covering the modern period, from Descartes to Hume, including Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, and Berkeley. Examines 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. Please note: this course is not offered in the Fall term.
  
*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Depth: 2016 History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
*Depth: 2016 Humanities and Fine Arts

 

0012 2:00PM - 3:50PM M-F VIRTUAL Hiltz
 

Summer July B Schedule of Classes 2021

*for a complete listing of Philosophy courses visit the official SMU catalog


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

*Breadth: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: 2016 Technology and Mathematics

012B 12:00PM -3:50PM M-F VIRTUAL Parker-Ryan