PHI - Philosophy


PHI 205Introduction to PhilosophyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Humanities
Credit is not allowed for both PHI 205 and PHI 210.
Introduction to selected problems of enduring philosophical importance, including such topics as the nature of morality, knowledge, human freedom, and the existence of God. Content varies with different sections.


PHI 210Representation, Reason and RealityUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Credit is not allowed for both PHI 210 and PHI 205
This course is an introduction to philosophical issues concerning topics such as language, thought, knowledge, reason, truth, and reality through the study of problems, puzzles, and paradoxes. Not both PHI 205 and PHI 210 may be used towards satisfaction on PHI major or PHI minor requirements.


PHI 214Issues in Business EthicsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Humanities
An analysis and evaluation of major issues in business ethics. Topics include the social responsibility of business; social justice and free enterprise; the rights and duties of employers, employees, manufacturers, and consumers; duties to the environment, the world's poor, future generations, and the victims of past injustices; the moral status of the corporation; and the ethics of advertising.


PHI 221Contemporary Moral IssuesUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Humanities
Philosophical analysis and theory applied to a broad range of contemporary moral issues, including euthanasia, suicide, capital punishment, abortion, war, famine relief, and environmental concerns.


PHI 250Thinking LogicallyUNITS: 3 - Mathematical Sciences
Deductive arguments attempt to guarantee their conclusions. Inductive arguments attempt to make their conclusions more probable. Using a small number of simple, powerful logical techniques, this course teaches you how to find, analyze and evaluate deductive and inductive arguments, and thus how to avoid the most common errors in reasoning.


PHI 298Special Topics in PhilosophyUNITS: 3
Selected studies in philosophy that do not appear regularly in the curriculum. Topics will be announced for each semester in which the course is offered.


PHI 300Ancient PhilosophyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring, Humanities
Western philosophy of the ancient world, with special emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.


PHI 301Early Modern PhilosophyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring, Humanities
Western philosophy of the 17th and 18th centuries, including such philosophers as Descartes, Hobbes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.


PHI 30219th Century PhilosophyUNITS: 3 - Humanities
Western philosophy of the 19th century, including such philosophers as Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche.


PHI 305Philosophy of ReligionUNITS: 3 - Humanities
The existence and nature of God, including such topics as traditional proofs of God, skeptical challenges to religious belief, miracles, the problem of evil, faith and reason, and religious experience.


PHI 309Contemporary Political PhilosophyUNITS: 3 - Humanities
Prerequisite: One PHI course
Current theories about basic concepts in political philosophy, such as liberty, equality, justice, natural rights, and democracy, with special attention to disputes concerning the nature of a just social order.


PHI 310ExistentialismUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Humanities
Philosophy of Existentialism, including such thinkers as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Doestoevsky, Sartre, Heidegger, and Camus.


PHI 312Philosophy of LawUNITS: 3 - Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Fundamental legal issues such as what constitutes a law or legal system. Justifications of legal interference with individual liberty. Philosophical legal issues illustrated by specific legal cases.


PHI 313Ethical Problems in the LawUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prerequisite: PHI 221, 275, or 375
Explores uses of the legal system, including such topics as the death penalty, plea bargaining, legalizing euthanasia, censorship, Good Samaritan laws, the insanity defense, civil disobedience, preferential treatment.


PHI (STS) 325Bio-Medical EthicsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Interdisciplinary examination and appraisal of emerging ethical and social issues resulting from recent advances in the biological and medical sciences. Abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, compromised infants, aids, reproductive technologies, and health care. Focus on factual details and value questions, fact-value questions, fact-value interplay, and questions of impact assessment and policy formulation.


PHI 330MetaphysicsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Humanities
Prerequisite: One PHI course
Problems of metaphysics, including such topics as: possibility and necessity, paradoxes of time travel, nature of space and time, free will and determinism, causation, mind-body problem and identity-over-time.


PHI 331Philosophy of LanguageUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prerequisite: One PHI course
Introduction to traditional and modern accounts of the relations between language and reality, the nature of truth, problems of intentionality and propositional attitudes.


PHI 332Philosophy of PsychologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prerequisite: One PHI course or one PSY course
Problems and controversies that overlap the boundary between philosophy and psychology: the mind/body problem, behaviorism vs. cognitivism, the prospects for artificial intelligence, and language and the questions of innate knowledge.


PHI 333Knowledge and SkepticismUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Humanities
Prerequisite: One PHI course
Analysis of such central concepts as knowledge, belief, and truth, and the investigation of the principles by which claims to knowledge may be justified.


PHI 340Philosophy of ScienceUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Nature of science highlighted by differences between science and pseudoscience, relationships between science and religion, and roles of purpose-directed (teleological) and causal explanation in physical, life and social sciences.


PHI 375EthicsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring, Humanities
Examination of traditional questions of philosophical ethics: What are the principles of moral conduct? What sort of life is worthy of a human being? Includes both classic and contemporary literature.


PHI 376History of EthicsUNITS: 3 - Humanities
Prerequisite: One PHI course
Topics in the history of ethics. Philosophers to be studied may include Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Butler, Hume, Kant, Sidgwick and Nietzsche.


PHI 401Kant's Critique of Pure ReasonUNITS: 3 - Humanities
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHI. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 401 and PHI 501.
A text-based critical study of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason Focusing on such topics as perception, judgment, knowledge, space, time, substance, causation and reality. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 401 and PHI 501.


PHI 420Global JusticeUNITS: 3 - Humanities
Prerequisite: One PHI course. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 420 and PHI 520.
The applications of the ideas of justice and right beyond and across the borders of individual nation states, attending to the facts of globalization and their consequences for political and economic justice and human rights. Topics: skepticism about global justice; transnational distributive justice, pollution, and poverty; national sovereignty, self-determination, and intervention; the ethics of war; international human rights; and global democracy. No one can receive credit for both PHI 420 and PHI 520.


PHI (PSY) 425Introduction to Cognitive ScienceUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prerequisite: One upper-level PHI, PSY, CSC or Linguistics course. Credit is not allowed for PHI 425 and PHI/PSY 525.
Philosophical foundations and empirical fundamentals of cognitive science, an interdisciplinary approach to human cognition. Topics include: the computational model of mind, mental representation, cognitive architecture, the acquisition and use of language. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI/PSY 425 and PHI/PSY 525.


PHI 440The Scientific MethodUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prerequisite: One PHI course. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 440 and PHI 540.
Detailed examination of core issues in the philosophy of science: the confirmation of scientific theories, falsification, projectibility, the nature of scientific explanation, laws of nature, and causation. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 440 and PHI 540.


PHI 447Philosophy, Evolution and Human NatureUNITS: 3 - Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prerequisite: One 300 level or higher course in Philosophy, Biology, Psychology or Anthropology. Credit is not allowed for PHI 447 and PHI 547.
This course covers philosophical issues in the evolutionary study of human cognition: the role of adaptationism; the values of psychological vs. behavioral approaches; the phenotypic gambit; the evolution of morality and altruism; the nature of culture and the possibility of cultural evolution; innateness, genetic determinism and development; and case studies of evolutionary explanation of human behavior or psychology. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 447 and PHI 547.


PHI 475Ethical TheoryUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: PHI 375 or PHI 376. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 475 and PHI 575.
An introduction to some central themes and issues in ethical theory. Topics in normative and meta-ethics such as consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics, constructivism, realism, relativism, subjectivism, and expressivism. Readings primarily from contemporary literature.


PHI 494Research and Writing in EthicsUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: PHI 250 or LOG/MA 201 or LOG/MA 335 and one other PHI course. Corequisite: One of (PHI 275,298,306,309,310, 311, 313,325,375, 376, 420, 422, 475, or 498)
A substantial paper in ethics, assigned by the instructor of the corequisite; enrollment subject to departmental approval; may be repeated for credit.


PHI 495Research and Writing in History of PhilosophyUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: PHI 250, LOG 201 or 335 and one other PHI course, Corequisite: One of PHI 298, 300, 301, 302, 303, 310, 401 or 498
A substantial paper in history of philosophy, assigned by the instructor of the corequisite; enrollment subject to departmental approval; may be repeated for credit.


PHI 496Research and Writing in Contemporary PhilosophyUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: PHI 250, LOG 201 or 335 and one other PHI course, Corequisite: One of PHI 298, 305, 306, 330, 331, 332, 333, 340, 425, 440, 445, 447 or 498
A substantial paper in contemporary philosophy, assigned by the instructor of the corequisite; enrollment subject to departmental approval; may be repeated for credit.


PHI 497Research and Writing in Logic, Representation and ReasoningUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: LOG 201 or 335, and one other PHI course, not PHI 250, Corequisite: One of LOG 335, 435/535, 437, PHI 298, 330, 331, 332, 333, 340, 425/525, 440/540, 445/545, 447
A substantial paper in logic, representation and reasoning, assigned by the instructor of the corequisite. enrollment subject to departmental approval; may be repeated for credit


PHI 498Special Topics in PhilosophyUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Six credits in PHI courses
Detailed investigation of selected topics in philosophy. Topics determined by faculty members in consultation with head of the department. Course may be used for individualized study.


PHI 501Kant's Critique of Pure ReasonUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 501 and PHI 401.
A text-based critical study of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason focusing on topics such as perception, judgment, knowledge, space, time, substance, causation, and reality. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 401 and PHI 501.


PHI 520Global JusticeUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 520 and PHI 420.
The applications of the ideas of justice and right beyond and across the borders of individual nation states, attending to the facts of globalization and their consequences for political and economic justice and human rights. Topics: skepticism about global justice; transnational distributive justice, pollution, and poverty; national sovereignty, self-determination, and intervention; the ethics of war; international human rights; and global democracy. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 420 and PHI 520.


PHI (PSY) 525Introduction To Cognitive ScienceUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Credit is not allowed for PHI 525 and PHI/PSY 425.
Philosophical foundations and empirical fundamentals of cognitive science, an interdisciplinary approach to human cognition. The computational model of mind, mental representation, cognitive architecture, the acquisition and use of language. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI/PSY 425 and PHI/PSY 525.


PHI 540The Scientific MethodUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 540 and PHI 440.
Detailed examination of core issues in philosophy of science: confirmation of scientific theories, falsification, projectibility, nature of scientific explanation, laws of nature, and causation. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 440 and PHI 540.


PHI 547Philosophy, Evolution and Human NatureUNITS: 3
Credit is not allowed for both PHI 547 and PHI 447. Graduate Standing Required.
Core philosophical issues in the evolutionary study of human cognition: the role of adaptationism; the value of psychological vs. behavioral approaches; the phenotypic gambit; the evolution of mortality and altruism; the nature of cultural evolution; innateness, genetic determinism and development; and case studies of evolutionary explanation of human behavior and psychology. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 447 and PHI 547. Graduate standing required.


PHI 575Ethical TheoryUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 575 and PHI 475.
An introduction to some central themes and issues in ethical theory. Topics in normative and meta-ethics such as consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics, constructivism, realism, relativism, subjectivism, and expressivism. Readings primarily from contemporary literature. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 475 and PHI 575.


PHI 598Special Topics in PhilosophyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring


PHI 696Summer Thesis ResUNITS: 1


PHI 798Advanced Topics In PhilosophyUNITS: 3
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Detailed investigation of selected advanced topics in philosophy. Topics determined by faculty members in consultation with head of department.


PHI 816Introduction to Research EthicsUNITS: 1
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Institutional rules guiding the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and their philosophical justification. Rudiments of moral reasoning and their application to RCR. Topics: plagiarism, falsification and fabrication of data, and ethics versus custom, law, science, and religion.


PHI 896Summer Dissert ResUNITS: 1