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Philosophy course catalog


TIMOTHY BLOSER, Associate Professor
B.A., Princeton; Ph.D., Stanford

ROMAN P. BONZON, Professor
B.A., Haverford; M.A., Ph.D., Pittsburgh

DEKE GOULD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Flagler College; M.A., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Syracuse University

DOUGLAS PARVIN, Associate Professor
A.B., Harvard; Ph.D., Rutgers

HEIDI STORL, Professor, Chair
B.A., Capital; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State

Major in Philosophy

27 credits, including PHIL-110 or PHIL-310, PHIL-240, PHIL-242, PHIL-340 and PHIL-440. Senior Inquiry: PHIL-441 or PHIL-451 or Senior Inquiry in another major. Students proposing to do graduate work in philosophy are strongly advised to take PHIL-310, PHIL-342 and PHIL-450.

Minor in Philosophy

21 credits, including PHIL-110 or PHIL-310, PHIL-240, PHIL-242 and at least 6 credits from the 300 or 400 level.

Minor in Ethics

21 credits, including the following:

• Core courses: either RELG-203 or RELG-203a; either PHIL-203 or PHIL-205; and PHIL-323
• Complementary courses: two of RELG-323, RELG-325, RELG-326, RELG-378, RELG-371, RELG-327; and one of PHIL-322, PHIL-331 or PHIL-325
• At least one additional course from those listed above.

Logic and Critical Reasoning

The department offers two courses in reasoning for students wishing to improve their analytical skills, ability to evaluate and construct arguments, and knowledge of logical concepts: PHIL-110 Critical Reasoning (3) and PHIL-310 Modern Formal Logic (3)

Introduction to/History of Philosophy

Of the following seven courses, all except 340 and 342 are introductory. 201, 203 and 205 are topical. 240, 242, 340 and 342 cover particular historical periods. Beginning students are advised to choose from the 200-level courses.

PHIL-201 (PH) Knowledge and Values (3)
PHIL-203 (PS) Social Ethics (3)
PHIL-205 (PH) Life and Death (3)
PHIL-240 (PP) Classical Philosophy (3)
PHIL-242 (PP) Modern Philosophy (3)
PHIL-340 Classics of Western Philosophy (3)
PHIL-342 Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (3)

Philosophy of Special Subjects

These courses are organized around specific subjects. Each assumes some interest in the relevant subject. All are open to students regardless of major.

PHIL-311 (PP) History and Philosophy of Science (3)
PHIL-315 Studies in Epistemology (3)
PHIL-318 (PH) Philosophy of Language (3)
PHIL-321 (PA) Philosophy of Art (3)
PHIL-322 (PH) Political Philosophy (3)
PHIL-323 (PH) Moral Philosophy (3)
PHIL-329 (PH) Philosophy of Mind (3)
PHIL-331 (PH) Philosophy of Religion (3)
PHIL-341 (PH) Phenomenology and Existentialism (3)

Individual and Advanced Studies

Although intended primarily for majors and minors in philosophy, these courses may be taken by other interested students, with permission of the relevant faculty.

PHIL-399 Directed Study (1+)
PHIL-400 Independent Study (1+)
PHIL-440 Advanced Seminar (3+)
PHIL-450 Senior Thesis (1+2)

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.

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