Course Descriptions – Philosophy

PHIL 1300 – Introduction to Philosophy – 3 hours. This course explores the relevance of philosophy to real life. It probes the problems of knowledge, existence and values, with the purpose of indicating the scope, the method, and the terminology of philosophical thinking. Selected philosophical essays will be read. Offered every Fall.

PHIL 3100, 3200, 3300 – Topics in Philosophy – 1-3 hours. This course permits advanced study of philosophy. Subject matter will vary. Topics might include the views of a particular philosopher, exploration of political philosophies, or current ethical questions. Offered on an irregular basis.

PHIL 3301 – Introduction to Ethics – 3 hours. What is right and what is wrong, and how do I decide in this complex and uncertain world? This course is a critical examination of major alternative viewpoints on the ethical life, as formulated in selected writings. Offered every spring.

PHIL 3302 –Logic – 3 hours. This course is a philosophical inquiry into the skills and dispositions required for understanding and applying reasoning and critical & logical thinking. We will also examine the neuroscience underlying how our unconscious and conscious brains “think.” This course is discussion oriented and centered on application. Offered on an irregular basis.

PHIL 3350 – Philosophy of the Christian Religion – 3 hours. A reading course in Christian controversies. The student will read early Church Fathers, as well as medieval, Reformation, and modern theologians. Philosophical critics of Christianity will be studied as well. Stress will be placed on significant moments of change in Christian doctrine, especially the Trinitarian debate (fourth-fifth centuries), the Protestant Reformation (sixteenth-seventeenth centuries) and interaction with modernist thought (eighteenth-twentieth centuries). Cross-listed with REL 3350. Offered on an irregular basis.

PHIL 3395 – History of Philosophy I: Classical and Medieval Philosophy – 3 hours. One of two courses that explore the intellectual foundation of the modern world (with PHIL 3396). This course explores the development of Western philosophical thought from the beginning of Greek philosophy through the close of the medieval period. Offered on an irregular basis.

PHIL 3396 – History of Philosophy II: Modern and Contemporary Philosophy – 3 hours. One of two courses that explore the intellectual foundation of the modern world (with Phil 3395). This course traces Western philosophy from the close of the medieval period to the present. Offered on an irregular basis.