PHI-202   Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits

A topical 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. Specific topics are listed below.

PHI-202.1   The Good Life 3 credits

A study of how we ought to live. This course will include careful study of one or more texts from ancient philosophy, e.g. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.

PHI-202.3   Bioethics 3 credits

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." .

PHI-202.4   Justice 3 credits

A study of the nature of justice. Specific topics may include: civil disobedience, punishment v. rehabilitation, and the death penalty. .

PHI-202.5   Knowledge & Morality 3 credits

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, and Nietzsche.

PHI-202.6   Personal Identity 3 credits

Students will read primary material from contemporary and historical sources on the problems of personal identity, such as what it means to be a person and whether we are the same person through time.