Department of Philosophy - Undergraduate Electives      

PHIL 3380. Asian Philosophy: The course in Asian Philosophy will examine selected issues in traditional Asian philosophes (Daoism, Confucian, Buddhism) in East Asian cultures (China, Japan, Korea) and selected topics in classical Indian philosophy in relation to their respective roles in changes in contemporary Asian cultures resulting from contemporary Western cultural influences following from globalization and technological advances. Requirements will include weekly 1 page responses to readings, participation class discussions, midterm take home exam, and research paper on a topic focused on the current state of philosophy in one of the cultures of 15 to 20 pages, with class presentation on research topic at end of course.




Phil 3610: Ancient Philosophy: For ancient philosophers, the big questions were always intimately involved in the questions of the nature of society, justice, authority, and the good life.  This study of selected texts in ancient philosophy will have a special focus on ancient political and social thought.  Texts include selections from the presocratics and sophists. Plato’s Meno, Protagoras, Gorgias, and Republic; Aristotle’s Physics, Nicomachean Ethics, Rhetoric, and Politics, Plotinus’ Enneads, and selections from and testimonies concerning the Cynics and Stoics.  This class will satisfy requirements for both the Social/Political and History of Philosophy tracks for the philosophy major.


     P3610 Ancient Philosophy Spring 2018


PHIL 3665. Phenomenology and Existentialism: Some of the most important figures of the existentialist movement will discussed. The course will be conducted as a discussion of representative texts by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Heidegger against the background of the history of the “death of God” in the modern West.


    P 3665 Phenomenology and Existentialism Spring 2018


PHIL 3750. Philosophy of Law:  An inquiry into the nature and foundation of law, with particular attention to natural law, legal positivism and rights-based theories of law, theories of punishment and responsibility, and the relationship between law and morality. For further information contact Dr. Grant Silva at


PHIL 3770. Feminist Philosophy: The history of philosophical views of women and a critical introduction to different types of feminism, e.g., liberal, existentialist, radical, Marxist, and socialist feminism. Includes such topics as feminist theory of knowledge, political theory, and ethics.

                 P3770 Feminist Philosophy Spring 2018






PHIL 4000/5000. Modern Logic: This course on symbolic logic begins with propo-sitional logic and then moves on to predicate logic. Emphasis is on under standing and constructing deductive proofs, as well as symbolizing arguments. Over the course of the semester we will examine truth tables, the nature of statements, logical relations, counterexamples, and natural arguments.

PHIL 4330. Business Ethics: An application of theories of ethics to the moral dimensions of business endeavors and their effects on individuals, organizations, and society. Selected topics may include issues of responsibility, discrimination and affirmative action in the workplace, whistle blowing, economic justice, environmental impact, and the effects of the "global economy."


PHIL 4335. Biomedical Ethics. Examination of fundamental ethical issues that arise in the practice of medicine and other health care professions. Among possible topics are the definition of death, the morality of suicide and euthanasia, patient-physician confidentiality, informed consent, refusal of lifesaving medical treatment, the morality of abortion, genetic engineering, human cloning, the allocation of scarce medical resources, and other issues involving health care and society. 



   P433?Biomedical Ethics



PHIL 4470. Philosophy of Science: Examination of fundamental epistemological and metaphysical issues that arise in the practice of science. Among possible topics are theories of scientific method, problems of confirmation, models of scientific explanation, scientific revolutions, the observational-theoretical distinction, the reality of theoretical entities, the relation between science and religion, science and art, and the limits of scientific knowledge.


    P 4470 Phil of Science Spring 2018


Phil 4931: Topics in Philosophy, Cognitive Science: How do we acquire and integrate information about the world? Do our beliefs affect the way in which we perceive the world? Is the mind like a computer? These are some of the central questions that cognitive science aims to answer. Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study the mind using theories and methods from philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, anthropology, computer science, and artificial intelligence. Students will become familiar with foundational issues as well as some of the current debates about various aspects of cognition, such as perception, conceptualization, and embodied cognition. Junior standing and instructor consent required. To request a permission number, please go to


    P4931 Cog Sci Capstone spring 2018


Phil 4953/5953: Seminar: Moved by Compassion: We often talk about the value of compassion in human life. But what is compassion? What sort of role should it have in human life? Is it the same as pity? Does it involve sympathy and empathy? Is it connected with justice? Is compassion only shown in personal situations or can people acting together manifest compassion? There is no simple answer to these questions. The course will explore these and many other questions through a wide range of readings from Ancient Greece, the Old Testament, The New Testament, through the Byzantine and Latin Christian traditions and into the modern and contemporary periods. Texts from the Buddhist tradition will be considered along with a range of texts from the social sciences. This is a seminar, so students will be expected to frame their own questions and positions on the topics we investigate.   


    p4953 Seminar on Compassion Spring 2018

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