Philosophy

Critical Thinking

PHIL105

Students examine the nature of both formal and informal reasoning in order to think more clearly and avoid biases. In addition to studying informal fallacies, students learn basic patterns of deductive and non-deductive argument analysis. Examples from across disciplines help students apply critical thinking to all areas of inquiry.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Ethics

PHIL111

A critical examination of the foundations of ethical theory; contributions of eminent philosophers of ethics are evaluated. The source material used consists of analytic studies from great religious thinkers and philosophers. Students learn to begin to formulate an intellectual basis for their own ethical behavior.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Philosophy of Religion East and West

PHIL115

The nature and meaning of religion in different cultures is investigated and the major ideas of different religions are studied. Exploration and analysis of psychological, sociological, and anthropological implications of mystical, legalistic, and secular forms of religion.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Basic Problems of Philosophy

PHIL125

Investigation of enduring problems in the area of semantics, epistemology, religion, and ethical theory through presentation of philosophers influential in developing the major historic and contemporary positions. Nature of philosophical analysis and judgment emphasized.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Existentialism

PHIL140

A study of an influential modern philosophical movement, including such philosophers and writers as Dostoevski, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Jaspers, Camus, Sartre, and Buber. Includes an analysis of the influence of this movement on contemporary deconstructionism and post modernism.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Aesthetics

PHIL145

An examination of the major philosophical issues raised in connection with music, the visual arts, literature and poetry, craft, and contemporary media art. Topics include the concept of beauty, critical evaluation, artistic truth, and meaning in the arts. Traditional, as well as contemporary viewpoints will be addressed.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None