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    PHIL 1010 Great Ideas of Philosophy (3 credits)
    Introduction to philosophic thought, with emphasis on ethics, political philosophy, theory of knowledge, and metaphysics.

    PHIL 1100 Logic (3 credits)
    Methods and principles used in distinguishing correct from incorrect reasoning; traditional deductive logic and symbolic logic.

    PHIL 1120 Advanced Logic (3 credits)
    Continuation of PHIL 1100. Identity and the logic of relations, then on to meta-logic: axiomatic systems, set theory, completeness, and consistency. Prerequisites: PHIL 1100 and a math course, or permission of the instructor.

    PHIL 1220 Philosophy of Language (3 credits)
    Theories of meaning; the relation of meaning to reference; Quines skepticism about translation; Kripkes views on necessary truth; Grices theory of nested intentions; Chomsky on innate ideas and universal grammar.

    PHIL 1320 Theories of the Mind (3 credits)
    Examination of rival conceptions of mind and self, and of differing explanatory models for human behavior.

    PHIL 1360 Theory of Knowledge (3 credits)
    Concepts of sense perception, memory, knowledge, and belief; principle of verifiability and problems of induction.

    PHIL 1400 Philosophy of Science (3 credits)
    Fundamental conceptions of the empirical and mathematical sciences, such as explanation, law, theory, space, determinism, and reduction.

    PHIL 1425 Philosophy and New Technologies (3 credits)
    Philosophical issues—among them, ethics, property rights, and personal identity raised by biological advances such as cloning, stem cell research, and IVF; digitization of media; and the possibility of uploading memories and extending human capabilities.

    PHIL 1550 Metaphysics (3 credits)
    Current metaphysical problems, with topics to be selected from the following: nature of metaphysical reasoning, problems of language and reference, mind-body problem, determinism and free will, causality, personal survival, time, and the philosophical concept of God.

    PHIL 1600 Ethics (3 credits)
    The problems of relativism and subjectivism; utilitarian versus deontological approaches to moral concepts; contemporary moral dilemmas.

    PHIL 1710 Religion and Philosophy (3 credits)
    Examination of differing conceptions of the role of reason in the religious life and of major philosophic arguments that focus on religious beliefs.

    PHIL 2170 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)
    From the pre-Socratics to Thomas Aquinas, with emphasis on Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas.

    PHIL 2420 Modern Philosophy (3 credits)
    Continental rationalism and British empiricism, from Descartes to Kant.
    PHIL 2532 Philosophy of Art (3 credits)
    What is a work of art and what are the criteria for evaluating its goodness? We will answer these questions by reading the works of some classic philosophers, from Plato through Kant to Dewey and Wollheim. We will read some contemporary  philosophers’ discussions of current issues like the status of fakes, of photographs, and of ugliness and horror, and the relation of art to morality.

    PHIL 2560 Philosophy in the 19th and 20th Centuries (3 credits)
    The chief contributions of Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Husserl, Dewey, Russell, and Ayer.

    PHIL 2650 Phenomenology and Existentialism (3 credits)
    Critical examination of these two related movements, with special attention to the works of Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre.

    PHIL 2740 Science and Religion (3 credits)
    Comparative examination of the methods of science and the methods of religious thought, with the aim of defining options for approaching ostensible conflicts between science and religion.

    PHIL 3100 Theories of Justice (3 credits)
    Examines the concept of justice and its relation to government from ancient to contemporary times. Principal thinkers discussed are Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Rawls, and Nozick.

    PHIL 3200 Classical Political Philosophy (3 credits)
    Theories of great political philosophers from Plato to Hegel; analysis of various interpretations of history, the nature of man, justice, liberty, and authority. Not open to students who have taken POLI 2405.

    PHIL 3300 Just and Unjust Wars (3 credits)
    Examination of the criteria for justly initiating war and the limits that must be observed during the fighting through a close reading of Grotius, Walzer, and the Geneva Conventions.

    PHIL 3402 Philosophy of Law (3 credits)
    Fundamental questions about the nature and scope of law, grounds for legal obligation, and the justification of particular legal practices, such as punishment.

    PHIL 3500 Medical Ethics (3 credits)
    Discussion of 10 of the main issues in the chronological order in which they appeared in the public arena, including experiments on humans by Nazi doctors, allocation of scarce resources in dialysis, paternalism and patient autonomy, brain death, AIDS and the duty to treat, genetic testing, and cloning.

    PHIL 3620 Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
    This course analyzes the ethical bases for the preservation and conservation of non-human and even non-living things (like the everglades) not just for mans benefit, but also for their inherent value. We will use these philosophical tools to help make sense of global warming, pollution, animal rights etc.

    PHIL 4925; PHIL 4926; PHIL 4927; PHIL 4928; PHIL 4929; PHIL 4930 Selected Topics (3 credits)
    Special topics, issues, and movements in philosophy. Prerequisites: one semester of PHIL and permission of the instructor.

    PHIL 4931, PHIL 4932 Seminar (3 credits)
    Intensive analysis of a philosopher, a philosophic concept, or a philosophic movement. Prerequisites: one semester of PHIL and permission of the instructor.

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