Fall 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHIL 101-01 Intro to Philosophy
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
Course Description:
An introduction to Western philosophy through an examination of problems arising in primary sources. How major philosophers in the tradition have treated such questions as the scope of human reason, the assumptions of scientific method, the nature of moral action, or the connections between faith and reason.
0930:MWF   DENNY 212
PHIL 101-02 Intro to Philosophy
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
Course Description:
An introduction to Western philosophy through an examination of problems arising in primary sources. How major philosophers in the tradition have treated such questions as the scope of human reason, the assumptions of scientific method, the nature of moral action, or the connections between faith and reason.
1130:MWF   ALTHSE 08
PHIL 102-01 Moral Problems
Instructor: James Sias
Course Description:
An introduction to ethics treating normative ethical theories and their philosophical underpinnings, with consideration of contemporary moral problems.
0930:MWF   DENNY 110
PHIL 103-01 Logic
Instructor: Susan Feldman
Course Description:
The study and practice of forms and methods of argumentation in ordinary and symbolic languages,focusing on elements of symbolic logic and critical reasoning, including analysis and assessment of arguments in English, symbolizing sentences and arguments,constructing formal proofs of validity in sentential and quantificational logic.This course fulfills the Humanities (Division I A) distribution requirement and the QR graduation requirement. Offered every semester, or every three out of four semesters.
0900:TR   DENNY 211
PHIL 113-01 Philosophy and the Environment
Instructor: Susan Feldman
Course Description:
This course introduces students to philosophy by exploring ideas about, and valuation of, the non-human natural environment. We will analyze concepts of nature, natural, wilderness, and attitudes which go along with them, probe the ramifications of treating non-humans as rights holders, examine the distinction between anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric views, and that between holist and individualist outlooks. Our readings will include classic and contemporary works in environmental philosophy.
1330:TF   DENNY 104
PHIL 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Edward Webb, Mark Shirk
Course Description:
Cross-listed wtih POSC 180-01.
1330:TF   DENNY 110
PHIL 201-01 Ancient Philosophy
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to central questions, claims and arguments in ancient philosophy, centering on the work of Plato and Aristotle. Potential questions include: What is the value of reason and knowledge? What is knowledge? Is it always better to be just than unjust? What constitutes a good human life? What kind of thing is a human being?Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
1030:TR   EASTC 300
PHIL 204-01 American Philosophy
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
An introduction to major philosophical texts and themes originating in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This course will cover such thinkers as Emerson, James, Peirce, Dewey, and Santayana and themes such as naturalism, transcendentalism, in particular, pragmatism. Contemporary developments in the American philosophical tradition may also be included.Prerequisites: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
1030:MWF   EASTC 301
PHIL 220-01 Biomedical Ethics
Instructor: Susan Feldman
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PMGT 220-01.
1500:MR   EASTC 301
PHIL 253-01 Social and Political Philosophy
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
The class will grapple with attempts to understand contemporary politics philosophically. Movements and figures will include Richard Rorty's neo-pragmatism, Foucault's genealogy, Habermas's discourse ethics, Baudrillard's simulacra, and Judith Butler's argument that gender is a performance rather than a biological category.
1330:T   EASTC 301
PHIL 255-01 Philosophy of Law
Instructor: Douglas Edlin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LAWP 255-01.
0930:MWF   DENNY 203
PHIL 261-01 Moral Psychology
Instructor: James Sias
Course Description:
"This course explores ethical issues related to various psychological conditions, illnesses, and disorders. These issues will include: addiction and moral responsibility, psychopathy and evil, the difference between mental illness and personality disorder, and our duties to patients with Alzheimer's."
1330:MR   STERN 103
PHIL 301-01 Metaphysics
Instructor: Jeffrey-Joseph Engelhardt
Course Description:
This seminar will treat key issues in metaphysics, such as the self and personal identity, free will, universals and particulars, causation, reductionism, naturalism, realism and anti-realism, and the very possibility of metaphysics. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, at least two at the 200 level, or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the WID graduation requirement.
1500:TF   EASTC 212
PHIL 401-01 Senior Seminar
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
A seminar focusing in depth on a selected philosophical topic, author or text with special emphasis on student philosophical writing and voice. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, at least one at the 300-level, or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the DIV 1.a. distribution requirement.
1330:W   EASTC 212