PHI 2400: Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. Cr. 3.
This course satisfies the General Education Requirement in Philosophy and Letters (PL).

Religious beliefs provide subject matter for philosophical study: Are the traditional arguments for the existence of God credible? Does the existence of evil conflict with a belief in God's omnipotence and omnibenevolence? What is the value of religious experience?

The College of Liberal Arts offers a Minor in Religious Studies.  For information about this program, click here.

PHI 2550: Introduction to Philosophy of Science. Cr. 3.
This course satisfies the General Education Requirement in Philosophy and Letters (PL).

Distinguishing science from non-science; how scientific knowledge is established; what constitutes scientific progress; whether science is cumulative; the place of science in the enterprise of knowledge and rational belief.

PHI 2650: Philosophy of Psychology. Cr. 3.

The field of psychology raises many philosophical questions about our minds and our knowledge of them. This course introduces students to some central examples of these questions and answers. Can we build at intelligent computer? Is your own mind just a piece of software that your brain is running? Is there a "language of thought"? Are we much less rational than we think? How can we understand each other's minds? Can there be laws in psychology? What is consciousness, and can it be studied scientifically? We will address these and other questions via the work of philosophers, psychologists, and cognitive scientists.

PHI 3500: Theory of Knowledge. Cr. 3.
This course satisfies the General Education Requirement in Philosophy and Letters (PL).

The distinction between knowledge and belief is germane to every field of inquiry. What is the difference between knowledge and belief? Do we know anything at all? Are we ever in a position of being certain about beliefs pertaining to an objective world? Is our belief in an objective world based on our subjective experiences?

PHI 3550: Metaphysics. Cr. 3.
This course satisfies the General Education Requirement in Philosophy and Letters (PL).

A survey and examination of some of the enduring questions of metaphysics concerning the nature of reality. Topics include: the nature of physical objects, abstract entities, the concepts of time and change, the relation between mind and body, causation, and the nature of metaphysics.


PHI 3600: Space, Time, and the Philosophy of Physics. Cr. 3.

This course satisfies the Science, Technology and Society Exposure Requirement (ST).

Prereq: one course in philosophy or in a physical science or consent of instructor. A survey of some principle problems concerning the concepts of space and time and their relation to physical theories. Topics include: our knowledge of the geometric features of the world, the existence of space and time, time without change, the passage of time, the philosophical foundations and implications of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, and the explanation of motion and the General Theory of Relativity. No prior knowledge of modern physics will be presupposed.


PHI 5230: Philosophy of Science. Cr. 4.

This course satisfies the Science, Technology and Society Exposure Requirement (ST).

Prereq: PHI 1850 or 1860 or any course from the Philosophical Problems group or consent of instructor. Intensive investigation and discussion of special topics or particular authors in the philosophy of science.


PHI 5500: Topics in Metaphysics. Cr. 4.

Prereq: any course from the Philosophical Problems group or consent of instructor. Intensive investigation and discussion of special topics or particular authors in metaphysics.


PHI 5530: Topics in Epistemology. Cr. 4.

Prereq: any course from the Philosophical Problems group or consent of instructor. Intensive investigation and discussion of special topics or particular authors in the theory of knowledge.


PHI 5550: Philosophy of Mind. Cr. 4.

Prereq: any course from the Philosophical Problems group or consent of instructor. Intensive investigation and discussion of special topics or particular authors concerned with the nature and status of the mental and theories about the mental.


PHI 5570: Philosophy of Language. Cr. 4.
(Cross-listed with LIN 5570)

Prereq: PHI 1850 or 1860 or any course from the Philosophical Problems group or graduate student in linguistics consent of instructor. Intensive investigation and discussion of philosophical problems concerning meaning, truth, and the nature of language.

PHI 5630: Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy I.  Cr. 4. 

Prereq: PHI 1850 or 1860 or any course from the Philosophical Problems group or consent of instructor. Major works, movements, and writers in the analytic tradition in the twentieth century up to the 1940's. Frege, Russell. Moore, the early Wittgenstein, Carnap.


PHI 5640: Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy II. Cr. 4.

Prereq: PHI 1850 or 1860 or any course from the Philosophical Problems group or consent of instructor. Major works, movements, and writers in the analytic tradition in the twentieth century from the 1940's to the present. Quine, Austin, Ryle, the later Wittgenstein.


PHI 7790: Seminar in Philosophy of Language. Cr. 5 (Max. 10).
(Cross-listed with LIN 7790)

Prereq: one 5000-level philosophy course or consent of instructor.


PHI 7800: Seminar in Philosophy: Special Topics. Cr. 4 (Max. 8).

Prereq: one 5000-level philosophy course or consent of instructor.


PHI 7850: Seminar in Epistemology. Cr. 4 (Max. 8).

Prereq: one 5000-level philosophy course or consent of instructor.


PHI 7860: Seminar in Metaphysics. Cr. 4 (Max. 8).

            Prereq: one 5000-level philosophy course or consent of instructor. 


PHI 7890: Seminar in the Philosophy of Science. Cr. 4 (Max. 8).

Prereq: one 5000-level philosophy course or consent of instructor.

 


 

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