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PHIL 2003: Introduction to Philosophy

ACTS Common Course - PHIL1103

A survey of basic problems in the major areas of philosophical inquiry-
metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, esthetics, and philosophy of religion.

PHIL 2013: Religions of the World

An examination of the major historical religions according to their basic scripture, their historical development, and their contemporary ideas and practices.

PHIL 2043: Honors Introduction to Philosophy

Prerequisites: Admission to University Honors or permission of University Honors Director.

A survey of basic problems in the major areas of philosophical inquiry-metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, esthetics, and philosophy of religion. Special emphasis will be placed on critical thinking and in-class discussion.

PHIL 3003: Ancient Philosophy

An examination of the thought of the leading philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome - the Pre Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and representatives of the Stoic and Epicurean traditions.

PHIL 3013: Modern Philosophy

A survey of the history of philosophical thought and its impact upon western civilization from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

PHIL 3023: Ethics

An introduction to the problems of formulating and validating principle definitive of "the good" in respect to ends, means, and norms of human behavior.

PHIL 3033: Esthetics

An investigation of representative historical theories of beauty, the nature and social significance of art, standards of criticism, and epistemological aspects of the creative process.

PHIL 3053: Philosophy of Religion

A consideration of historical and contemporary studies in religious thought basic conceptions of the divine, the human engagement with the divine, and the nature and destiny of man within diverse eschatological perspectives.

PHIL 3063: Modern Political Thought

Cross-listed: POLS 3063

An examination of the major contributions to political thought during the Modern Era.

Note: Completion of POLS 2253 recommended.

PHIL 3103: Logic

A study of the principles of deductive reasoning. Topics include immediate inference, the syllogism, truth functions, natural deduction, quantification, and fallacies.

PHIL 3113: Contemporary Philosophy

A survey of some of the major philosophical trends of the twentieth century.

PHIL 3203: Medieval Philosophy

Historical study of the main philosophical ideas of the period from St. Augustine to the Renaissance.

PHIL 3253: Classical Political Thought

Cross-listed: POLS 3253

An examination of the major contributions to political thought during the Classical Age, the Medieval Era, and the Renaissance.

Note: Completion of POLS 2253 recommended.

PHIL 4093: American Philosophy

An examination of the main currents of American philosophical and religious thought from the earliest times to the present.

PHIL 4103: Advanced Logic

Prerequisites: MATH 2703 or PHIL 3103

A study of selected topics in advanced logic. Emphasis will be placed on proof theory, quantification theory, semantic tableaux, logicism, theories of completeness and consistency, and some consideration of the logical foundations mathematics.

PHIL 4951,4952,4953,4954: Undergraduate Research in Philosophy

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

PHIL 4991,4992,4993,4994: Special Problems In Philosophy

Admission requires consent of department head.