INTRODUCTION TO CURRENT MORAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES
50:730:105:01
T/TH 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
Professor Chwang

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.

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.

INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
50:730:111:02
T/TH 9:35 am – 10:55 am
Professor Rooney

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.

READING SEMINAR
50:730:190:01
M 2:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Professor Agule

In this small, seminar-style course, students will work through either one significant book or a similarly substantive collection of essays, with the topic varying by semester. Students will engage in intensive close reading of the philosophical texts, identifying particular arguments, premises, and claims for assessment during student discussion in the seminar meetings. The course meets for 1/3 the time of a regular course, that is, on average one hour a week (or two hours every other week). This course can be repeated up to three times for credit. (Note that there is also a similar course in Religion, 50:840:190, which can be taken up to an additional three times).

SYMBOLIC LOGIC
50:730:201:01
M/W 9:35 am – 10:55am
Professor Agule

An introduction to modern symbolic logic, with an emphasis on methods for the evaluation and construction of deductive arguments, and on the concepts of validity, consistency, and implication. Additional topics may be selected from among the following: informal fallacies, logic and ordinary language, induction, the scientific method, syllogistic logic, and the relation between logic and other areas in philosophy.

HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY II
50:730:212:01
M/W 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Professor Betz and Professor Moran

The development of philosophy from its modern beginnings in Descartes. Readings selected from the classical modern period, from Descartes through Kant. Topics include the relationship between mind and body, the origins and extent of human knowledge, skepticism and belief, and the nature of personal identity.

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY
50:730:218:90
By Arrangement
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.

NATURE OF MIND
50:730:221:01
T 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
Han Li

What is the mind? Is it part of physical reality, or something separate? Can science explain the nature of the mind? Is it possible for a properly programmed computer to have a mind? If the mind is completely physical, is it located entirely in the brain? We will investigate these questions, and contrast philosophical approaches to them with the methods employed in neuroscience and empirical psychology.

DEBATE ETHICAL ISSUES ACROSS DISCIPLINES
50:730:240:01
T/TH 11:10 am – 12:30 pm
Professor Betz

This course trains students in ethical reasoning and argumentation through both the study of ethics as a discipline and the practice of ethical debate in an ethics bowl competition. Students gain not only an understanding of ethical ideas and argumentation, but also skills in constructing arguments, oral communication, close reading, community outreach, and event organization.

BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
50:730:249:01
T/TH 3:35 pm – 4:55 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.

BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
50:730:249:90;91
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.

BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
50:730:249:92;93
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.

BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
50:730:249:94;95
Professor Denehy

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.

BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
50:730:249:96;97
Professor Sacks

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
Environmental Philosophy
50:730:250:01
M/W 2:05 pm – 3:25 pm
Professor Betz

Exploration of ethical issues concerning the environment. Course will typically focus on issues raised by the moral justification for coercing individuals and corporations, just distribution of resources, moral rights of animals, and the study of topical issues such as clean air standards, population control, land use.

ETHICS AND BUSINESS
50:730:251:90
Professor Young

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.

ETHICS AND THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY
50:730:329:C1
W 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
Professor Rooney

Exploration of moral and social issues pertaining to emerging technologies. Topics covered include human enhancement, artificial intelligence, robotics, reproductive technology and cloning, and artificial life.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHILOSOPHY
50:730:389:01
By Arrangement
Professor Chwang

An individual reading and research project under the guidance of a member of the philosophy department in an area of interest to the department. Prerequisite: Permission of department.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHILOSOPHY
50:730:390:01
By Arrangement
Professor Agule

An individual reading and research project under the guidance of a member of the philosophy department in an area of interest to the department. Prerequisite: Permission of department.