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2021 Courses

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
 

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 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
 
 

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

 


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

 

 

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

2020 Courses

Fall Schedule of Classes 2020

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

001 2:00PM - 2:50 PM MWF VIRTUAL 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: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Proficiencies and Experiences: 2016 Quantitative Reasoning

001 9:30AM - 10:50AM TR VIRTUAL Ehring
002 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR DALL 116 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: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

001 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF FOSC 158 Barnes
002 2:00PM - 3:20PM TR FOSC 133 Chuard
003    2:00PM - 3:20PM   TR   HYER 102   Lockard

 


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

001 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR VIRTUAL Fisher
002 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR VIRTUAL Thompson

 


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

 

001 2:00PM-3:20PM
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: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

 

001 11:00AM - 11:50AM MWF VIRTUAL Crabill
002 11:00AM - 11:50AM MWF VIRTUAL Hiltz
003 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Crabill
004 12:00PM - 12:50PM 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: CC Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Inquiry
*Breadth: 2016 Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

 

001 9:00AM - 9:50AM MWF VIRTUAL Daley
002 11:00AM - 11:50AM MWF VIRTUAL Daley
003 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Hiltz
004 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR VIRTUAL Liberman
005 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR VIRTUAL Matey
006    2:00PM - 2:50PM   MWF   VIRTUAL   Parker-Ryan

 


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

001 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Crabill
002 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Crabill
003H 8:00AM - 9:20AM TR VIRTUAL Daley
004C 8:00AM - 9:20AM TR VIRTUAL Daley
005 9:30AM - 10:50AM TR VIRTUAL Daley
006 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Parker-Ryan

 


3305. Philosophy and Gender
Considers whether or not there are differences between the sexes and whether or not Western science, philosophy, and ethics have been dominated by male thinking. Also, current issues such as pornography, censorship, rape, and reproductive technologies. Students examine writings by feminist philosophers and their critics.

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

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

 


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.

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

001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR VIRTUAL 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 or neuroscience minor.

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

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

3317. Philosophy of Perception
We see penguins (and other things), we hear trumpets (and other things), we smell fresh bread (and other things), taste mustard, touch water, etc. Perceptual experiences like these raise many central philosophical questions. Do they represent reality in an accurate way? Can they provide knowledge about our environment? Is there a special kind of consciousness such experiences instantiate, and if so what is it? This course addresses a host of questions about the nature of our perceptual experiences and surveys some of the answers, including some of the more significant results obtain by the cognitive neurosciences. Counts towards the cognitive science minor.

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

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

 


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 & 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 VIRTUAL 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 only offered in the Fall term.

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

 

001 10:00AM - 10:50AM MWF DALL 357 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 & Fine Arts

001 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR VIRTUAL Robinson


3375. Topics in Moral Philosophy: Feminist Philosophy
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 & Fine Arts

 

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

3377. Animal Rights
Explores the nature of nonhuman animals, their moral status, and the way we treat them. First we will consider questions about the minds of animals. Are animals conscious? Can they think about the future? Are they self-aware? Exploring those questions will prepare us for our second set of topics about the moral status of animals. Do animals have rights like humans do? Do we have moral obligations to animals? Is there a difference between the moral status of animals that fall into different categories (pets, domesticated animals, and wild animals)? Third, we will examine the way animals are used for food, for entertainment, and in biomedical research. What laws already protect animals and what changes are needed?

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

 

001 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF VIRTUAL Kazez

 

 

Spring Schedule of Classes 2020

*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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Proficiencies and Experiences: Quantitative Reasoning

001 9:30AM - 10:50AM TR HYER 204 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.

*Breadth: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

001 9:30AM - 10:50AM TR HYER 111 Barnes
002 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR HYER 100 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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR HYER 111 Thompson
002 3:30PM - 4:50PM TR HYER 111 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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

 

001H 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR DALL 152 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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

 

001 9:00AM - 9:50AM MWF HYER 200 Crabill
002 10:00AM - 10:50AM MWF HYER 111 Crabill
003 9:00AM - 9:50AM MWF HYER 110 Daley
004 10:00AM - 10:50AM MWF HYER 110 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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

 

001 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF HYER 204 Hiltz
002 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF HYER 204 Hiltz
003 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR HYER 100 Liberman
004 3:30PM - 4:50PM TR HYER 100 Matey
005   2:00PM - 2:50PM   MWF   HYER 110   Parker-Ryan
006    5:00PM - 7:50PM   W   HYER 110   Gollop

 


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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: Technology and Mathematics

001 8:00AM - 9:20AM TR HYER 107 Daley
002 9:30AM - 10:50AM TR HYER 107 Daley
003 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF HYER 110 Parker-Ryan
004H 1:00PM - 1:50PM MWF HYER 201 Crabill
005C 1:00PM - 1:50PM MWF HYER 201 Crabill
006 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF HYER 200 Crabill
007   11:00AM - 11:50AM   MWF   HYER 111   Parker-Ryan

 


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

*Depth: Humanities and Fine Arts

001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR HYER G01 Fisher

 


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

*Depth: Humanities and Fine Arts

001 2:00PM - 3:20PM TR DALL 105 Howell


 


3319. Identity, Persons, and Other Objects
Persons and individuals like you and me raise a host of central philosophical questions. You are, we assume, the very same person you were three minutes ago, distinct from all the other individuals on the surface of the planet. But how is that so, and how is it even possible? Persons, just like tables, chairs, and other particular objects, seem to retain their identity through time despite the changes the go through: they persist and survive change. Does this mean each particular person (and each particular table) has a very specific essence it keeps throughout its life? What exactly constitutes a person? And what do we mean by identity anyway, in this context? And what of the powerful arguments suggesting that persons (and other objects) cease to exist whenever they go through the most trivial change, or that the existence of persons and other objects is a mere illusion? This course will consist in a systematic survey of some of the central answers to some of these and other related questions.

*Depth: Humanities and Fine Arts

001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR HYER 200 Ehring

 


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.

*Depth: Humanities and Fine Arts
*Proficiences and Experiences: Information Literacy
*Proficiences and Experiences: Oral Communication
*Proficiences and Experiences: Writing

001 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR HYER 111 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.

*Depth: Humanities and Fine Arts
*Foundation: Ways of Knowing
*Proficiencies and Experiences: Information Literacy
*Proficiencies and Experiences: Oral Communication
*Proficiencies and Experiences: Writing

001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR HYER 110 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.
  
*Depth: Humanities and Fine Arts
*Depth: History, Social and Behavioral Sciences

 

001 11:00AM - 11:50AM MWF HYER 110 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?

*Depth: Humanities and Fine Arts

001 9:00AM - 9:50AM MWF HYER 107 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.

*Depth: Humanities and Fine Arts
*Proficiences and Experiences: Information Literacy

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

 


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. Recently offered topics include the meaning of life, neuroethics, Plato’s ethical thought, practical rationality, and procreation & parenthood.

*Depth: Humanities and Fine Arts

002 2:00PM - 3:20PM TR HYER 107 Robinson and Thompson

 

 


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

*Depth: Humanities & Fine Arts

001 3:30PM - 4:50PM TR HYER 204 Liberman

 


3382. The Ethics of Sport
A course on the nature and value of sport and ethical issues that arise for athletes, spectators, and others involved in the practice of sport.

001 1:00PM - 1:50PM MWF HYER 111 Kazez

 

2019 Courses

Fall Schedule of Classes 2019

*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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Proficiencies and Experiences: Quantitative Reasoning

001 2:00PM - 2:50 PM MWF HYER 110 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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Proficiencies and Experiences: Quantitative Reasoning

001 9:30AM - 10:50AM TR HYER 200 Ehring
002 12:30PM- 1:50PM TR HYER 200 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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

001 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF FOSC 158 Barnes
002 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR DALL 306 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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

001H 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR DALL 357 Fisher
002 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR FOSC 123 Thompson
003 3:30PM - 4:50PM TR HYER 111 Thompson

 


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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

 

001 2:00PM-3:20PM
TR HYER 102 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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

 

001 11:00AM - 11:50AM MWF FOSC 158 Crabill
002 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF HYER 110 Crabill
003 8:00AM - 9:20AM TR HYER 110 Daley
004 9:30AM - 10:50AM TR DALL 156 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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics

 

001 11:00AM - 11:50AM MWF FOSC 152 Hiltz
002 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF HYER 111 Hiltz
003 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF HYER 111 Parker-Ryan
004 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF HYER 102 Hiltz
005 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR HYER 106 Liberman

 

 


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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Breadth: Technology and Mathematics

001H 9:00AM - 9:50AM MWF HYER 110 Daley
002C 9:00AM - 9:50AM MWF HYER 110 Daley
003 11:00AM - 11:50AM MWF FOSC 123 Daley
004 2:00PM - 2:50PM MWF HYER 201 Crabill
005 3:00PM - 3:50PM MWF HYER 201 Crabill
006 2:00PM - 3:20PM TR FOSC 155 Howell

 


3305. Philosophy and Gender
Considers whether or not there are differences between the sexes and whether or not Western science, philosophy, and ethics have been dominated by male thinking. Also, current issues such as pornography, censorship, rape, and reproductive technologies. Students examine writings by feminist philosophers and their critics.

*Breadth: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics 
*Depth: Humanities & Fine Arts
*Proficiences & Experiences: Oral Communication

001 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF HYER 102 Kazez

 


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.

*Breadth: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Depth: Humanities and Fine Arts
*Proficiencies and Experiences: Writing

001 12:30PM - 1:50PM TR HYER 106 Ehring

 


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

*Breadth: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics 
*Depth: Humanities & Fine Arts

001 3:30PM - 4:50PM TR HYER 204 Fisher

 


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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry (not Ethics based)
*Depth: Humanities & Fine Arts
*Foundation: Ways of Knowing
*Proficiencies and Experiences: Information Literacy
*Proficiencies and Experiences: Oral Communication
*Proficiencies and Experiences: Writing

001 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR DALL 116 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 only offered in the Fall term.

*Breadth: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Depth: Humanities & Fine Arts

 

001 10:00AM - 10:50AM MWF DALL 357 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: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Depth: Humanities & Fine Arts

001 11:00AM - 12:20PM TR HYER 100 Robinson

 


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

*Breadth: Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics
*Depth: Humanities & Fine Arts

001 9:30AM - 10:50AM TR HYER 102 Liberman