Introduction to Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion
50:730:101:01
M/W 9:35 am – 10:55 am
Professor Agule
Development of skills in reasoning. Consideration of what an argument is, how arguments go wrong, and what makes an argument valid. Application of techniques for clarifying meaning, evaluating, and constructing arguments. Enrollment not open to students who have taken 50:730:201. Formerly 50:730:141. Fulfills new general education requirement in Logical and Quantitative Reasoning (LQR).

Introduction to Current Moral and Social Issues
50:730:105:01
M/W 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Professor Agule
Introduction to moral theory and application to selected contemporary issues. Possible topics include abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, punishment, equality, sexism, racism, affirmative action, privacy, obligations to the world’s needy, treatment of animals, drug use, and the meaning of life. Formerly 50:730:315,316. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV).

Introduction to Philosophy
50:730:111:01
F 12:30 pm – 3:20 pm
Professor Gentzel
An exploration of central philosophical problems, such as truth, justice, mind, and person, with a view to surveying the field and locating particular philosophical specialties within it such as logic, ethics, and metaphysics. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV).

Introduction to Philosophy
50:730:111:90
Online
Professor Young
An exploration of central philosophical problems, such as truth, justice, mind, and person, with a view to surveying the field and locating particular philosophical specialties within it such as logic, ethics, and metaphysics. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV).

History of Philosophy I
50:730:211:01
M/W 3:45 pm – 5:05 pm
Professor Betz
The beginnings and early developments of Western philosophy. Readings selected from among the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Sextus-Empiricus, Plotinus, Augustine, Maimonides, Aquinas, and Occam. Topics may include the nature of argument, knowledge, political loyalty and political dissent, justice, normative ethics, causality, the nature of the self, and the existence of God. Satisfies requirement for the Philosophy Major and Minor. Fulfills new general education requirement in Heritages and Civilizations (HAC).

American Philosophy
50:730:218:90
Online
Professor Rooney
Introduction to the contributions of American philosophers in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries to inquiries into the nature of experience, truth, goodness, and society, with particular attention paid to the tradition of American pragmatism. Readings selected from among Emerson, Peirce, James, Dewey, Mead, Royce, Lewis, Rorty, and Putnam. Formerly 50:730:367. Fulfills new general education requirement in US in the World (USW).

Self and Identity
50:730:222:01
T/Th 11:10 am – 12:30 pm
Professor Denehy
An exploration of the nature of the self, with emphasis on the conditions for remaining the same person over time and the relation between selfhood and moral responsibility.

Ethics
50:730:226:01
TH 8:00 am – 10:50 am
Professor Yates
An examination of fundamental issues in ethical theory through the works of contemporary philosophers and key figures in the History of ethics such as Aristotle, Kant, and Mill. Topics may include human goodness, moral obligation, rights and duties, the relation of happiness to duties, the idea of role obligations specific to professional contexts, and the possibility of objective justifications of value judgments as contrasted with views from moral nihilists, skeptics, and relativists.  Satisfies requirement in ethical/political/social theory for Philosophy Major and Minor. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV).

Philosophy of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
50:730:247:01
TH 2:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Professor Yates
Critical examination within social philosophy of sex, gender, and sexuality. Topics include ways we understand sexual attraction and desire, the relationship between biological sex and gender roles, ideas of femininity and masculinity as they are reinforced through cultural and social norms, the regulation of sexuality and marriage, the publicity of sex and sexuality, and the relationship and tension between multiculturalism and feminism. Class includes applications of concepts to contemporary debates concerning parenting, pornography, sex education, same sex marriage, harassment law, and sexual reassignment. Satisfies requirement in ethical/political/social theory for Philosophy Major and Minor. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV).

Biomedical Ethics
50:730:249:01
M/W 12:30pm – 1:50 pm
Professor Chwang
Exploration of moral issues in medicine and medical research. Course will typically focus on issues raised by the creation and termination of life and include topics such as abortion, stem cell research, cloning, prenatal screening for disability, right to medical care, human experimentation, genetic enhancement and eugenics, animal experimentation, the diagnosis of death, and euthanasia. Formerly 50:730:349. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV).

Biomedical Ethics
50:730:249:90
Online
Professor Yates
Exploration of moral issues in medicine and medical research. Course will typically focus on issues raised by the creation and termination of life and include topics such as abortion, stem cell research, cloning, prenatal screening for disability, right to medical care, human experimentation, genetic enhancement and eugenics, animal experimentation, the diagnosis of death, and euthanasia.  Formerly 50:730:349. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV).

Biomedical Ethics
50:730:249:91
Online
Professor Gentzel
Exploration of moral issues in medicine and medical research. Course will typically focus on issues raised by the creation and termination of life and include topics such as abortion, stem cell research, cloning, prenatal screening for disability, right to medical care, human experimentation, genetic enhancement and eugenics, animal experimentation, the diagnosis of death, and euthanasia. Formerly 50:730:349. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV). 

Biomedical Ethics
50:730:249:92
Online
Professor Gentzel
Exploration of moral issues in medicine and medical research. Course will typically focus on issues raised by the creation and termination of life and include topics such as abortion, stem cell research, cloning, prenatal screening for disability, right to medical care, human experimentation, genetic enhancement and eugenics, animal experimentation, the diagnosis of death, and euthanasia. Formerly 50:730:349. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV).

Biomedical Ethics
50:730:249:93
Online
Professor Young
Exploration of moral issues in medicine and medical research. Course will typically focus on issues raised by the creation and termination of life and include topics such as abortion, stem cell research, cloning, prenatal screening for disability, right to medical care, human experimentation, genetic enhancement and eugenics, animal experimentation, the diagnosis of death, and euthanasia. Formerly 50:730:349. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV).

Biomedical Ethics
50:730:249:94
Online
Professor Young 
Exploration of moral issues in medicine and medical research. Course will typically focus on issues raised by the creation and termination of life and include topics such as abortion, stem cell research, cloning, prenatal screening for disability, right to medical care, human experimentation, genetic enhancement and eugenics, animal experimentation, the diagnosis of death, and euthanasia. Formerly 50:730:349. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV).

Ethics and Business
50:730:251:90
Online
Professor Sacks
Social and moral problems that arise in the context of business: profit motive, corporate social responsibility, use and abuse of corporate power, truth in advertising, consumer rights, strikes, stockholders’ rights, preferential hiring. Contemporary case studies augmented with basic texts in ethics.  Formerly 50:730:260. Fulfills new general education requirement in Ethics and Values (EAV).

Ethics of Food
50:730:252:01
M/W 2:05 pm – 3:25 pm
Professor Betz
Exploration of ethical issues concerning individual food choices, food policies, and the cultural importance of culinary traditions. Course will analyze arguments concerning vegetarian and vegan diets, for organic and/or local food choices, and about policies we should collectively adopt to shape the processing, marketing, and sale of food within communities.

Philosophy of Science
50:730:334:01
M/W 2:05 pm – 3:25 pm
Professor Chwang
Examination of major philosophical issues concerning science. Topics selected from among science and pseudoscience; scientific explanation, method, theories, laws, and falsification; scope and limits of science; revolutions in science; science and ethics. Fulfills new general education requirement in Physical and Life Sciences (PLS).

Independent Study in Philosophy
50:730:389:01
By Arrangement
Staff
An individual reading and research project under the guidance of a member of the philosophy department in an area of interest to the department.

Independent Study in Philosophy
50:730:390:01
By Arrangement
Staff
An individual reading and research project under the guidance of a member of the philosophy department in an area of interest to the department.