Philosophy

Philosophy courses challenge you to consider yourself and the world you live in with a critical eye.

Philosophy 100

Introduction to Philosophy

(HAP)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Examination of some of the central issues and speculative theories in the philosophical tradition.

Philosophy 110

Introduction to Logic

(MQR)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Introduction to the informal techniques of critical thought and the formal analysis of argument structure.

Philosophy 115

Introduction to Ethics

(HAP)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Examination of fundamental moral questions, such as the best way of life, the relation between happiness and moral excellence, and the nature of ethical reasoning, as treated by major philosophers.

Philosophy 120

Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

(HAP)

Spring. Credit, four hours. This course is an introduction to the central concepts in social and political philosophy, such as liberty, equality, justice, and fairness.

Philosophy 131

Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

(HAP)

On demand. Credit, four hours. This course is an introduction to the central themes in the philosophy of religion, such as the nature of religious experience, the question of God’s existence, and the relation of faith and reason.

Philosophy 131

Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

(HAP)

On demand. Credit, four hours. This course is an introduction to the central themes in the philosophy of religion, such as the nature of religious experience, the question of God’s existence, and the relation of faith and reason.

Philosophy 200

Ancient Greek and Medieval Philosophy

(HSC)

Fall. Credit, four hours. No prerequisites, but is more suitable for sophomores. This course will introduce principal figures and topics in ancient Greek and medieval philosophy.

Philosophy 202

Renaissance and Modern Philosophy 

(HSC)

Fall. Credit, four hours. No prerequisites, but is more suitable for sophomores. This course will introduce principal figures and topics in Renaissance and modern philosophy.

Philosophy 204

19th and 20th Century Philosophy 

(HSC)

Spring. Credit, four hours. No prerequisites but this class is more suitable for sophomores or students who have taken English 185. This course will introduce principal figures and topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophy.

Philosophy 282R

Directed Study

TBA. Variable credit, one to four hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member.

Philosophy 317

Environmental Ethics

(HAP)

Every other year. Credit, four hours. This course considers advanced topics in environmental ethics. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy.

Philosophy 382R

Topics in Philosophy 

(HAP)

On demand. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Varies depending on topic. Intensive study of a special problem or a set of related problems in philosophy. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.