Courses

Courses for Summer 2019

Session A

  • PHIL 1. Short Introduction to Philosophy
    • An introductory course in western philosophy.
  • PHIL 4. Introduction to Ethics
    • An examination, at an introductory level, of such ethical issues as: why be moral, moral relativism, the nature of virtues and vices; and possibly consideration of practical ethical problems such as abortion or war.
  • PHIL 100D. Philosophy of Mind¬†
    • Discussion of some central questions about the mind: are people identical to their bodies? What is it to feel, believe, or desire something? What distinguishes intelligent thinking from a computer's activities? What is the connection between language and thought?
  • PHIL 112. Philosophy of Religion
    • A study of some of the following topics: religious language, the existence and nature of god, the problem of evil, religious experience, religion and morality, the rationality of religious belief.
  • PHIL 183. Beginning Modern Logic
    • An introduction to the concepts and methods of moder symbolic logic. Emphasis is placed on problems of translating english expressions into logical symbols and on the development of skills in using the formal proof procedures of sentential and predicate logic.

Session B

  • PHIL 3. Critical Thinking
    • Practical reasoning, argumentation, and the analysis of language as instruments of sound thinking in everyday life.
  • PHIL 4. Introduction to Ethics
    • An examination, at an introductory level, of such ethical issues as: why be moral, moral relativism, the nature of virtues and vices; and possibly consideration of practical ethical problems such as abortion or war.
  • PHIL 100B. Theory of Knowledge
    • Investigates fundamental questions surrounding the nature of human knowledge and human justification, such as: What do I know? What am I justified in believing? What is it to know something? What is it to hold a justified belief?
  • PHIL 143. Punishment and Responsibility¬†
    • An examination of some of the philosophical problems of punishment and responsibility: The rationale of punishment and the legal doctrine of Mensrea; the analysis of conditions of responsibility, relations between punishment, responsibility, retribution, guilt, shame, etc.