PHIL 101 3 Units
Introduction to Philosophy
This course is a general introduction to the major problems and questions as pondered by philosophy's great thinkers. Attention is directed to both classic and modern philosophy and will include various voices from the history of philosophy as a basis for discussion of issues such as epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics.
PHIL 101H 3 Units
Introduction to Philosophy - Honors
This course is a general introduction to the major problems and questions as pondered by philosophy's great thinkers. Attention is directed to both classic and modern philosophy and will include various voices from the history of philosophy as a basis for discussion of issues such as epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics. This course is intended for students in the Honors Program but is open to all students who desire more challenging coursework.
PHIL 102 3 Units
Critical Thinking and Writing
This course is an introduction to critical thinking focusing on argument and evidence and the ability to write coherent argumentative essays. Topics include recognition of the structures of reasoning in natural language, the evaluation of such reasoning (including informal fallacies), the uses and abuses of language, and an investigation of the rhetorical devices common in our culture. Students practice critical thinking by writing substantive arguments and essays.
PHIL 103 3 Units
Introduction to Logic: Argument and Evidence
Introduction to the techniques of critical thought, including language analysis, inductive and deductive logic, symbolic logic, and the development of the scientific method.
PHIL 105 3 Units
Introduction to Ethics
This course is an introduction to ethics focusing on the analysis of the basic ideas and principles underlying moral conduct. Theories such as utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, and many others will form the basis of the course. Specific ethical problems arising in disciplines such as business, health care, administration of justice, and politics, as well as specific ethical problems confronting individuals, will also be addressed in this course.
PHIL 112 3 Units
Philosophy in Literature
This course addresses ethical and metaphysical themes as presented in literature from the classical to the modern period. Philosophical problems such as freedom and determinism, the nature of virtue, the meaning of death, and the individual's relationship to the state and the structure of reality are explored through the encounter with novels, plays, short stories, and film.
PHIL 180 3 Units
Death and Dying
This course is a study of dying, death, and bereavement. Medical, ethical, legal, philosophical, and religious considerations will be explored. (This is also offered as RELIG 180)