2020 Spring Term
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INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
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.
CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES
An analysis and critical examination of contemporary moral issues related to business, science, and social policy as developed by current participants in the debate and moral philosophers of various periods and philosophical perspectives.
A discussion of ideas that are basic to thinking about society, its purposes, and its structure. Such ideas as justice, equality, rights, obligations and freedom are examined.
KNOWLEDGE AND REALITY
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?
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Science is an important human enterprise. This course is designed to provide a more philosophical understanding of science so that one can critically assess claims people make about evidence, confirmation, theory, model, simulation, causation, etc. It presupposes no previous knowledge of philosophy or any particular science, only a serious curiosity about them.
20TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY
This course concentrates on the main movements in 20th century philosophy. Selections from principal works of major philosophers of the period, such as Ayer, Wittgenstein, Quine, Carnap, Heidegger, Sartre, Irigary, Lyotard, and Derrida will be critically examined.
This course covers a range of moral issues surrounding sex and sexuality through the lens of contemporary analytic philosophy. Topics include but are not limited to: gender identity, gender equality, discrimination, sexual exploitation, consent, prostitution, and pornography. PHILSPHY 261: Introduction to Ethics is recommended but not required.
An introduction to feminist philosophy including its relation to other philosophical traditions, its historical development, and its relevance to concerns in areas such as ethics, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable