Fall 2021

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHIL 101-01 Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Emily Kelahan
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.
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MWF
DENNY 104
PHIL 102-01 Introduction to Ethics
Instructor: Jim Sias
Course Description:
An introduction to the philosophical study of morality, focusing on concepts of right and wrong, virtue and vice, and wellbeing. This course provides students the opportunity to hone their ethical reasoning skills by critically examining how some of historys most influential philosophers thought about issues in morality. Students will also develop more general skills, such as evaluating philosophical arguments, and expressing and defending their own ideas in writing.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MWF
EASTC 411
PHIL 103-01 Logic
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
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.Offered every semester, or every three out of four semesters.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MWF
ALTHSE 08
PHIL 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Kathryn Heard
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 180-01. An introduction to the history of political thought, focused on such problems as the nature of justice, the meaning of freedom, the requirements of equality, the prevalence of moral dilemmas in political life, the question of whether we ought to obey the law, and the importance of power in politics. We will also discuss how these issues continue to resonate today.This course is cross-listed as POSC 180.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
DENNY 313
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.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
KAUF 187
PHIL 256-01 Philosophy of Mind
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
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.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
KAUF 186
PHIL 261-01 Sex
Instructor: Jeff Engelhardt
Course Description:
This course investigates sex, sexual activity, sexual orientations, and related philosophical topics. We'll consider questions such as, Is sex important? What is morally good sex, if there is such a thing? What is a sexual orientation? What roles should sex, sexual activity, and sexual orientation play in our lives?
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, MR
EASTC 301
PHIL 302-01 Ethical Theory
Instructor: Jim Sias
Course Description:
This seminar will explore major issues or texts in classical or contemporary moral philosophy. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, at least two at the 200 level, or permission of the instructor. Offered at least once every two years.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
EASTC 112
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.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, T
EASTC 112
PHIL 550-01 Moral Blame and Criminal Punishment
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
Course Description:

PHIL 550-02 Misfortune and Happiness
Instructor: Jim Sias
Course Description: