Fall 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHIL 101-01 Intro to Philosophy
Instructor: James Haile
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.
0900:TR   EASTC 405
PHIL 101-02 Intro to Philosophy
Instructor: James Haile
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.
1030:TR   EASTC 405
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 104
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 DIV 1.a. distribution requirement and the QR graduation requirement. Offered every semester, or every three out of four semesters.
0900:TR   DENNY 104
PHIL 103-02 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 DIV 1.a. distribution requirement and the QR graduation requirement. Offered every semester, or every three out of four semesters.
1500:MR   DENNY 104
PHIL 201-01 Ancient Philosophy
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
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 251-01 Philosophy of Religion
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
This course focuses on philosophical issues arising from religious belief and practice.Topics treated may include: the existence and nature of god or gods; the contested relation of a god to moral values; faith and reason as sources of belief or ways of believing, as expressed in classic texts by thinkers such as Aquinas, Hume, Kierkegaard, and William James, as well as in contemporary texts. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
1330:MR   EASTC 301
PHIL 256-01 Philosophy of Mind
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell, Jeffrey-Joseph Engelhardt
Course Description:
This course investigates the nature of the mind and its relation to the brain, body, and the surrounding world. Analyses of these topics will draw on information from fields such as psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or computer science. Prerequisite: one previous course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor.
1030:MWF   EASTC 301
PHIL 261-02 The Selves of Jean-Paul Sartre
Instructor: James Haile
Course Description:
Jean-Paul Sartres works span over four decades and over numerous subject matter and genre ranging from philosophy to literature to politics. In this course we will be analyzing the different selves of Sartres works, asking the question: what is the relationship between these various selves explored throughout his intellectual career? The course will be themed around the following: The Existential Self; The Political Self; and The Literary Self.
1500:TF   EASTC 301
PHIL 391-01 Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell, Jeffrey-Joseph Engelhardt
Course Description:
This seminar focuses on the conceptual foundations of cognitive science as well as some relevant contemporary discussions. Topics may include the nature of introspection, implicit attitudes, "mental pointing", or the nature of mental imagery.
1330:TF   EASTC 212
PHIL 401-01 Senior Seminar
Instructor: Susan Feldman
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
PHIL 550-01 Moral Realism and Moral Disagreement
Instructor: James Sias
Course Description: