101 Philosophical Problems (4) Introduction to philosophy based on classical and modern texts from Plato through the 21st century. Sample topics include free will, the mind-body problem, the existence of an external world.
102 Ethics (4) Philosophical study of morality (e.g., ethical relativism; justification of moral judgments; concepts of duty, right, and wrong).
103 Critical Reasoning (4) Introduction to thinking and reasoning critically. How to recognize, analyze, criticize, and construct arguments.
110 Human Nature (4) Consideration of various physiological, cultural, psychological, and personal forces that characterize human beings, taking into account issues of class, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
120 Ethics of Enterprise and Exchange (4) Moral examination of business by considering the nature of enterprise and exchange. Topics include corporate and consumer responsibility, meaningful work, and leadership.
123 Internet, Society, and Philosophy (4) Introduction to philosophical problems of the Internet. Primary focus on social, political, and ethical issues with discussion of epistemological and metaphysical topics.
130 Philosophy and Popular Culture (4) Engages in critical philosophical reflection about and through popular culture, including movies, music, graphic novels, and sports.
170 Love and Sex (4) Philosophical study of love, relationships, marriage, sex, sexuality, sexual identity, and sexual representation.
199 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)
211 Existentialism (4) Basic ideas of the Christian and atheistic divisions of the existentialist movement; some attention to the philosophical situation that generated the existentialist rebellion.
213 Asian Philosophy (4) Introduction to classic writings in the Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and other Asian philosophical traditions.
216 Philosophy and Cultural Diversity (4) Philosophical investigation of the implications of cultural diversity for identity, knowledge, and community, from the perspectives of several American cultures.
307, 308 Social and Political Philosophy (4,4) Major social and political theorists from Plato through Marx. Inquiry into such ideas as justice, natural law, natural rights, and the social contract.
309 Global Justice (4) Introduction to philosophical problems of globalization and justice related to global poverty, citizenship, human rights, and issues of identity, multiculturalism, war, terrorism, environmentalism, and health care.
310 History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval (4) Focuses primarily on Plato and Aristotle. Examines their roots in pre-Socratic philosophy and their influence on medieval philosophers such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas.
311 History of Philosophy: Modern (4) Survey of European philosophy through Hume, including the work of Descartes, Locke, and Spinoza.
312 History of Philosophy: 19th Century (4) Traces Kant’s influence on such philosophers as Hegel, Nietzsche, and Marx.
315 Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (4) Introduces basic questions of philosophy through topics central to feminism.
320 Philosophy of Religion (4) Philosophical investigation of the nature of "religion" (e.g., the nature of the sacred, spirituality, and transcendence). Prereq: one philosophy course.
322 Philosophy of the Arts (4) Survey of classical and contemporary theories of art and aesthetic experience, with examples from various arts. Prereq: one philosophy course.
323 Moral Theory (4) Study of the most important traditional ethical theories; modern philosophical analysis of moral terms and statements. Prereq: one philosophy course.
325 Logic, Inquiry, and Argumentation (4) Explores the means and ends of argumentation and inquiry by considering deductive reason, argumentation and emotion, and ethical and social dilemmas in inquiry.
330 Philosophy and Disaster (4) Philosophical and interactive course on disaster preparation, with contemporary, historical, and current event readings; students also learn a new practical skill. Offered alternate years.
331 Philosophy in Literature (4) Selective study of major philosophical ideas and attitudes expressed in the literature of Europe and America. Prereq: one philosophy course.
332 Philosophy of Film (4) Explores questions about the aesthetic dimensions of film, its relation to the other arts, and the treatment of philosophical questions in films.
335 Medical Ethics (4) Introduces theoretical tools and concrete case studies for formulating, analyzing, and evaluating ethical judgments raised by contemporary biomedical practice.
339 Introduction to Philosophy of Science (4) Examines theories of scientific practice, rationality, objectivity, values in science, and the role of science in society. Prereq: one philosophy course.
340 Environmental Philosophy (4) Considers the nature and morality of human relationships with the environment (e.g., the nature of value, the moral standing of nonhuman life).
342 Introduction to Latin American Philosophy (4) History of Latin American philosophy through the study of ideas, issues, problems, and forms of thinking in the work of key periods, movements, and authors.
343 Critical Theory (4) Examines the methodological, epistemological, moral, and political dimensions of critical theory. Prereq: one philosophy course. Offered alternate years.
344 Introduction to Philosophy of Law (4) Introduces central problems in the law; examines the nature of legal reasoning.
345 Place in the Cosmos (4) Explores the relation between humans and the cosmos as a matter of place by comparing seminal texts in the history of philosophy. Offered alternate years.
350 Metaphysics (4) Traditional issues in metaphysics selected from among such topics as substance, existence, time, causation, God, the nature of individuals, and the meaningfulness of metaphysics. Prereq: one philosophy course.
399 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)
401 Research: [Topic] (1–21R)
403 Thesis (1–12R)
405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–21R)
407/507 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R) Recent topics include Eastern Philosophy, Feminist Theory, Nonviolence. Prereq: one 300-level PHIL course.
410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–5R)
415 Continental Philosophy: [Topic] (4R) Survey of significant areas in the Continental tradition (e.g., phenomenology, critical social theory, deconstruction, feminism, and hermeneutics). Junior standing required. R when topic changes.
420 American Philosophy: [Topic] (4R) Survey of significant areas in the American tradition (e.g., 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century thought, African and Native American thought, feminism, recent pragmatism, the self, and pluralism). Junior standing required. R when topic changes.
421/521 Ancient Philosophers: [Topic] (4R) Concentrates on the work of a single philosopher, typically Plato or Aristotle. Prereq for 421: PHIL 310. R when philosopher changes.
425 Philosophy of Language (4) Philosophical theories of language and meaning, with special attention to the nature of concepts and reasoning. Junior standing required.
433/533 17th- and 18th-Century Philosophers: [Topic] (4R) Concentrates on the work of a single philosopher, typically Descartes, Locke, Hume, Leibniz, Berkeley, or Kant. Prereq for 433: PHIL 310, 311. R when philosopher changes.
441 Philosophy of the Arts: [Topic] (4) Systematic study of the meaning and value of aesthetic experience in everyday life and in the arts: painting, music, literature. Junior standing required.
443 Feminist Philosophy: [Topic] (4R) Examines contemporary feminist contributions to philosophy. Prereq: one 300-level PHIL course. R once with instructor’s consent for maximum of 8 credits.
451/551 Native American Philosophy (4) Survey of Native American philosophy focusing on philosophical perspectives in historical traditions and contemporary Native American philosophy. Offered alternate years.
452 Philosophy and Race (4) Surveys the philosophical contribution to studies of race including intellectual history, philosophy of science, racism and its remedies, media studies, and cultural criticism. Prereq: one philosophy course at the 300 level.
453/553 19th-Century Philosophers: [Topic] (4R) Concentrates on the work of a single philosopher, typically Hegel, Nietzsche, Marx, or Kierkegaard. Prereq: PHIL 312. R when philosopher changes.
463/563 20th-Century Philosophers: [Topic] (4R) Concentrates on the work of a single philosopher (e.g., Wittgenstein, Dewey, Quine, Merleau-Ponty, C. I. Lewis, or Foucault). Junior standing required. R when philosopher changes.
471 (H) Honors Thesis Workshop (2) Study methods of philosophical research and writing; develop an honors thesis project.
475 (H) Honors Seminar (4) In-depth study of a particular area or problem in philosophy for students pursuing departmental honors.
503 Thesis (1–16R)
601 Research: [Topic] (1–16R)
602 Supervised College Teaching (1–16R)
603 Dissertation (1–16R)
605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–16R)
607 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R) Recent topics include Emerson, Philosophy of Race, Schelling.
610 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–5R)
614 Issues in Ethics (4) Examination of ethical theory. Major standing required.
615 Continental Philosophy: [Topic] (4R) Explores philosophical problems and traditions in contemporary European philosophy. Major standing required. R when topic changes.
620 American Philosophy: [Topic] (4R) Treats issues in classical and contemporary American philosophy. Major standing required. R when topic changes.
625 Philosophy of Language (4) Philosophical theories of language and meaning, with special attention to the nature of concepts and reasoning. Major standing required.
641 Social and Political Philosophy: [Topic] (4R) Examination of classical and current problems in social and political philosophy including the nature of justice, legitimacy of the state, conditions of war and peace. R when topic changes.
643 Feminist Philosophy: [Topic] (4R) Explores contemporary feminist philosophy. Major standing required.R when topic changes.
645 Environmental Philosophy: [Topic] (4R) Pursues advanced questions in environmental philosophy regarding a particular tradition or problem area. Major standing required.R when topic changes.
657 Philosophy and Race: Contemporary Issues (4) Examination of contemporary discussions regarding race including biology and race, race in medicine, reparations, perspectives on race in Continental and American philosophy.
658 Philosophy of Mind (4) Analyzes basic concepts and problems in psychology. Major standing required.