Lower Division Courses
An introduction to philosophy through the study of selected problems and figures. Emphasis will be placed upon learning to read, write and think critically. Students may take more than one topic. (HUMANITIES)
- PHI-202.1 The Good Life
A study of how we ought to live. (HUMANITIES)
- PHI-202.3 Bioethics
A study of the ethical issues relating to the research and practice of medicine. Topics may include: genetic testing, reproductive and end-of-life decisions, the role of value in assessing evidence and the definition of "disease." (HUMANITIES)
- PHI-202.4 Justice
A study of the nature of justice. Specific topics may include: civil disobedience, punishment v. rehabilitation, and the death penalty. (HUMANITIES)
- PHI-202.5 Knowledge & Morality
An introduction to philosophy through the investigation of the links between what we know about the world and how we should act. Topics may include: Is there such a thing as moral knowledge or is morality merely a matter of individual or cultural preferences? Is knowing what is right necessary for consistently doing what is right? If I really know that something is right, does that mean I will I do it? Readings may include selections from Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche and Kohlberg. (HUMANITIES)
An introduction to symbolic logic through first order predicate logic.
Prereq.: FYS-101 or equivalent. A close reading and consideration of Plato's masterpiece, The Republic, focusing on its theories of justice, the good life, education and their interrealtions. (HUMANITIES)
Fall, winter, spring. Prereq.: One course in philosophy and permission. Intended for non-majors or freshman/sophomore level students who have declared a philosophy major or minor. This course does not fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirement for independent work. See independent study guidelines.