INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC, REASONING, AND PERSUASION
50:730:101:92
M/W 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Professor Young
Hybrid Section-Some Meetings ONLINE, go to http://canvas.rutgers.edu
(Gen Ed: LQR)

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.

INTRODUCTION TO CURRENT MORAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES
50:730:105:90
W 2:05 pm – 3:25 pm
Professor Young
ONLINE, synchronous, go to http://canvas.rutgers.edu
(Gen Ed: EAV)

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.

IINTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
50:730:111:01
M/W 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm                                                                                                     
Professor Betz
(Gen Ed: EAV)

50:730:111:02
M/W 2:05 pm – 3:25 pm
Professor Betz
(Gen Ed:  EAV)

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 – 4:30 pm
Professor Agule
(Gen Ed:  EAV)

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
W 12:30 pm – 3:20 pm
Professor Sacks
(Gen Ed: LQR)

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 I
50:730:211:01
T/TH 11:10 am – 12:30 pm
Professor Betz
(
Gen Ed: HAC)

50:730:211:02
M/W 2:05 pm – 3:25 pm 
Professor Rooney

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.

SELF AND IDENTITY
50:730:222:01
ONLINE – asynchronous
Professor Denehy
(Gen Ed:  EAV)

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
M/W 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Professor Rooney
(Gen Ed: EAV)

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.

BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
50:730:249:90
Professor Denehy
(Gen Ed: EAV)

50:730:249:92
Professor Gentzel

50:730:249:93
Professor Gentzel

50:730:249:94
Professor Young

50:730:249:95
Professor Denehy

50:730:249:96
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.

ETHICS AND BUSINESS
50:730:251:01
F 12:30 pm – 3:20 pm
Professor Sacks
(Gen Ed:  EAV)

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.

PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
50:730:258:01
M/W 9:35 am – 10:55 am 
Professor Agule
(Gen Ed: EAV)

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.

PHILOSOPHY OF THE ARTS
50:730:263:H1 (only honors students can register)
M/W 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm  
Professor Agule
(Gen Ed: AAI)

Introduction to the major issues in the philosophy of art, with an emphasis on the implications of recent developments in film, music, painting, and digital media for art theory.

PHILOSOPHICAL IDEAS IN FILM
50:730:264:01
ONLINE – Asynchronous
Professor Young
(Gen Ed:  AAI)

An exploration of classic philosophical questions as represented in film. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) truth, skepticism, relativism, personal identity, determinism, artificial intelligence, and the problem of evil. Film representations of these classic questions will be identified and evaluated from the perspective of various philosophers, possibly including Plato, Russell, James, Descartes, Berkeley, Kant, Locke, Hume, and others.

SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY
50:730:343:01
T/TH 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm 
Professor Betz
(Gen Ed: EAV)

Critical examination of the philosophical problems involved in theories of the society and relationships between individuals. Topics include ways gender and/or racial consideration enter into the social standing of the individual, political and economic consequences of one’s social class, and the use of liberalism, critical social theory, and post-modernism to challenge existing social institutions.

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

50:730:389:02 
By Arrangement
Professor Betz

50:730:389:03 
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.