Systematic critical examination of some fundamental problems of philosophy. Focus on the nature of philosophy and philosophical analysis. Examples from the major areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of religion and ethics.
NOTE: All Philosophy courses except PHIL 111 emphasize the ability to write short essays. There are no formal prerequisites for any Philosophy course.
PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 101H - Introduction to Philosophy (Honors)
The course introduces students to the foundational theories and methods of philosophical analysis, using a particular theme or subgenre-such as art, ethics, or truth-to at once focus student inquiry, while broadening the interdisciplinary nature of the course. Students learn to write and speak critically about philosophical theories, with emphasis on interpretation as well as relationships between philosophy and other academic disciplines.
ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently.
PHIL 111 - Critical Thinking
Principles of thinking and problem solving, deductive and inductive logic and fallacies. Includes the analysis of formal and informal arguments.
PHIL 151/RS 151 - World Religions
Introduction to many of the worlds major religious traditions (including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam) as well as other selected ancient and modern religious traditions. The course will also consider the nature and significance of religious experience, the impact of religion on culture, basic approaches to the study of religion, and different theories used to interpret religious beliefs and practices.
PHIL 152/RS 152 - Philosophy of Religion
Systematic and historical analysis of philosophical problems of religion, such as the problem of evil and theodicy, the conflict between religion and science, the relationship between faith and reason, the nature of religious language, and arguments about the nature and existence of God.
PHIL 202 - Philosophy of Love and Sexuality
Analysis of concepts of love from Plato to Freud and to contemporary feminism. Discussion of selected problems in sexual ethics related to topics such as marriage, monogamy, promiscuity, adultery, perversion, rape and homosexuality.
PHIL 211 - Ethical Problems
A study of theories of morality and values and their application to selected topics in personal and social ethics such as euthanasia, abortion, capital punishment, sex and marriage, human and animal rights, the environment, hate speech, world hunger and poverty and censorship.
PHIL 215 - Social and Political Philosophy
Examination of some classical and contemporary social and political theories. Analysis of key concepts, e.g., justice, freedom, political obligation, socialism and democracy.