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Undergraduate Philosophy

2015 Spring Term

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3 Units

TRUTH AND THE MEDIA (GH)

Philosophy 121

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.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (GH)

Philosophy 241

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.


3 Units

ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (GH)

Philosophy 248

A critical examination of ethical issues and problems arising from human interaction with non-human animals and the natural environment. Topics, such as the moral status of non-human animals, the moral bases of an environmental ethics, biodiversity, and sustainable development, will be considered by examining the writing of philosophers representing various perspectives.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO AESTHETICS (GH)

Philosophy 271

An analysis and discussion of problems as to the nature of art, artistic truth or insight, aesthetic appreciation, evaluation of works of art, creativity, and the role of the artist in society.


3 Units

19TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY (GH)

Philosophy 346

This course concentrates on the main movements in 19th century philosophy. Selections from principal works of major philosophers of the period, such as Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marx, Husserl, Peirce, and James, will be critically examined.


3 Units

EXISTENTIALISM

Philosophy 364

Existentialism is the philosophy of the individual - existing, concrete individual, As a reaction against totalitizing systems that leave individuals as small cogs in the wheel of history. Existentialists tackle questions about what it means to be an individual and the struggle of living in freedom - and so shall we.


3 Units

PHILOSOPHY OF GENDER AND RACE

Philosophy 381

This course examines the philosophical assumptions underlying concepts of gender and race. Topics include: historical and contemporary arguments about race and gender as biological categories; the relationship between the use of these categories and the persistence of sexism and racism; and race and gender in theories of subjectivity.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Philosophy 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable

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