2015 Fall Term
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TRUTH AND THE MEDIA (GH)
There is a vast array of media outlets, political talking heads, and mass-marketed paraphernalia that claim to know what you should know, how you should feel about it, and what the best things are for you. We live thoroughly media-ted. This course critiques our current media culture on the veracity/rationality of their epistemic claims.
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (GH)
An introduction to philosophical thought. Representative philosophers and representative issues, such as the nature of ethical reasoning, rival theories of knowledge, and the individual's relation to society, are considered. The emphasis is on argument and analysis, and on issues which are relevant to philosophical problems.
This course introduces key ethical approaches as Kantian ethics, utilitarianism, and feminist ethics and addresses their application to issues in health care practice. Ethical issues to be addressed may include: end-of-life decisions, family planning, genetic technology, access to health care, and the role of health care professionals.
By examining basic concepts, methods, and techniques for evaluating argumentation, this course aims at developing students' abilities to recognize, criticize, and construct arguments. The relationship between language and good reasoning will also be considered.
INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (GH)
A study of the main Western theories of moral value and obligation. These theories will be analyzed in terms of their adequacy for solving moral problems and their ability to articulate the morally good life. Consideration will also be given to challenges to normative ethics.
KNOWLEDGE AND REALITY (GH)
This course examines key philosophical positions and figures regarding knowledge (epistemology) and reality (metaphysics). We will ask questions such as: What do we know? How do we know? What is reality? Why is there a world? What is space? What is time? and What is social ontology?
CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY (GH)
An introduction to the major figures in Greek philosophy, including representative pre-Socratic philosophers, Plato, and Aristotle, focusing on Classical sources of philosophy of science, ethics, political philosophy, and theory of knowledge.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable