PHI 2320 (PL): Introduction to Ethics. Cr. 3-4.

An introduction to some classical and modern views concerning such questions as: What determines the rightness and wrongness of actions? What is the nature of moral reasoning? What constitutes a moral life. [Only Honors students may register for four credits.]

PHI 2330: Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy. Cr. 3.

An introduction to the basic issues of political philosophy, such as the nature of the state, the ways of justifying its power and authority over its citizens; a philosophical analysis of central concepts like those of freedom, justice, and equality. Selected readings from some of the following: Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, and Rawls.

PHI 2360: Feminist Perspectives in Philosophy. Cr. 3.

An examination of work by feminist philosophers.

PHI 2390: Philosophy of Human Rights. Cr. 3

Addresses central issues in the philosophy of human rights, including questions about the foundation, content, and application of human rights. The course examines different approaches to the foundation of human rights and considers whether human rights have one unique foundation or plural foundations. 

PHI 3270: Foundations of Law. Cr. 3.

The legal system we live under commands, forbids, punishes, and defines responsibilities and harm. Common-sense morality: what is it and what is its relation to law? Statutory interpretation: do judges create new law? Punishment: why do we have it, and what rights do the accused have? What is the legal concept of harm and responsibility? Prereq: upper division undergraduate status. No credit after PHI 5270. 
PHI 3700 (PL): Philosophy of Art. Cr. 3.

What are art works? Why are they so moving? What is the nature of the experience they offer? This course introduces the student to some of the schools of thought on these issues. It also attempts to deal with the specific natures of the various artistic media, such as: drama, literature, film, painting, photography, music, and opera.

PHI 5240: Special Topics in Social and Political Philosophy. Cr. 4 (Max. 8).

Selected topics and readings from major social and political philosophers. Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prereq: any philosophy course at the 2000-level or above or major in political science or consent of instructor. 

PHI 5260: Philosophy of Sex and Gender. Cr. 3

This course explores ethical and conceptual issues surrounding sex, gender, and sexual orientation. Specific topics include conceptual analysis of sex, gender, and sexual orientation; sexual perversion, natural law, consent, marriage, adultery, “casual” sex, polygamy and polyamory, prostitution, and pornography. Prereq: upper division undergraduate status or consent of instructor. 

PHI 5270: Philosophy of Law. Cr. 4.

Intensive investigation of special topics or particular authors in the philosophy of law. Prereq: any philosophy course at the 2000-level or above or per-law or law student standing or consent of instructor. 

PHI 5280: History of Ethics. Cr. 4.

A survey and discussion of historically important moral philosophers from Plato to Mill. Prereq: any philosophy course at the 2000-level or consent of instructor. 

PHI 5300: Foundations of Ethics. Cr. 4.

Prereq: any philosophy course at the 2000- level or consent of instructor. Important twentieth century moral philosophers in the analytic tradition, such as G.E. Moore, W.D. Ross, Hare, Stevenson, Baier, and Rawls.

PHI 7830: Seminar in Aesthetics.  Cr. 4 (Max. 8).

Prereq: PHI 3700 or consent of instructor.

PHI 7840: Seminar in Ethics. Cr. 4 (Max. 8).

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


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