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    PHI 205 Introduction to Philosophy 3.
    Credit is not allowed for both PHI 205 and PHI 210..

    Introduction to selected problems of enduring philosophical importance, including such topics as the nature of morality, knowledge, human freedom, and the existence of God. Content varies with different sections.

    PHI 210 Representation, Reason and Reality 3.
    Credit is not allowed for both PHI 210 and PHI 205.

    This course is an introduction to philosophical issues concerning topics such as language, thought, knowledge, reason, truth, and reality through the study of problems, puzzles, and paradoxes. Not both PHI 205 and PHI 210 may be used towards satisfaction on PHI major or PHI minor requirements.

    PHI 214 Issues in Business Ethics 3.

    An analysis and evaluation of major issues in business ethics. Topics include the social responsibility of business; social justice and free enterprise; the rights and duties of employers, employees, manufacturers, and consumers; duties to the environment, the world's poor, future generations, and the victims of past injustices; the moral status of the corporation; and the ethics of advertising.

    PHI 221 Contemporary Moral Issues 3.

    Philosophical analysis and theory applied to a broad range of contemporary moral issues, including euthanasia, suicide, capital punishment, abortion, war, famine relief, and environmental concerns.

    PHI 250 Thinking Logically 3.

    Deductive arguments attempt to guarantee their conclusions. Inductive arguments attempt to make their conclusions more probable. Using a small number of simple, powerful logical techniques, this course teaches you how to find, analyze and evaluate deductive and inductive arguments, and thus how to avoid the most common errors in reasoning.

    PHI 298 Special Topics in Philosophy 3.

    Selected studies in philosophy that do not appear regularly in the curriculum. Topics will be announced for each semester in which the course is offered.

    PHI 300 Ancient Philosophy 3.

    Western philosophy of the ancient world, with special emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.

    PHI 301 Early Modern Philosophy 3.

    Western philosophy of the 17th and 18th centuries, including such philosophers as Descartes, Hobbes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.

    PHI 302 19th Century Philosophy 3.

    Western philosophy of the 19th century, including such philosophers as Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche.

    PHI 305 Philosophy of Religion 3.

    The existence and nature of God, including such topics as traditional proofs of God, skeptical challenges to religious belief, miracles, the problem of evil, faith and reason, and religious experience.

    PHI 309 Political Philosophy 3.
    Prerequisite: One PHI course.

    Philosophical study of important political ideas and values such as liberty, equality, justice, rights, and democracy. May include readings from classical and contemporary sources.

    PHI 310 Existentialism 3.

    Philosophy of Existentialism, including such thinkers as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Doestoevsky, Sartre, Heidegger, and Camus.

    PHI 312 Philosophy of Law 3.

    Fundamental legal issues such as what constitutes a law or legal system. Justifications of legal interference with individual liberty. Philosophical legal issues illustrated by specific legal cases.

    PHI 313 Ethical Problems in the Law 3.
    Prerequisite: PHI 221, or 375.

    Explores uses of the legal system, including such topics as the death penalty, plea bargaining, legalizing euthanasia, censorship, Good Samaritan laws, the insanity defense, civil disobedience, preferential treatment.

    PHI 320 Philosophy of Race 3.

    Fundamental philosophical questions raised by the concept of race, such as whether race is a legitimate category for identifying human beings, and whether the category of race reinforces racism.

    PHI 325 Bio-Medical Ethics 3.

    Interdisciplinary examination and appraisal of emerging ethical and social issues resulting from recent advances in the biological and medical sciences. Abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, compromised infants, aids, reproductive technologies, and health care. Focus on factual details and value questions, fact-value questions, fact-value interplay, and questions of impact assessment and policy formulation.

    PHI 330 Metaphysics 3.
    Prerequisite: One PHI course.

    Problems of metaphysics, including such topics as: possibility and necessity, paradoxes of time travel, nature of space and time, free will and determinism, causation, mind-body problem and identity-over-time.

    PHI 331 Philosophy of Language 3.
    Prerequisite: One PHI course.

    Introduction to traditional and modern accounts of the relations between language and reality, the nature of truth, problems of intentionality and propositional attitudes.

    PHI 332 Philosophy of Psychology 3.
    Prerequisite: One PHI course or one PSY course.

    Problems and controversies that overlap the boundary between philosophy and psychology: the mind/body problem, behaviorism vs. cognitivism, the prospects for artificial intelligence, and language and the questions of innate knowledge.

    PHI 333 Knowledge and Skepticism 3.
    Prerequisite: One PHI course.

    Analysis of such central concepts as knowledge, belief, and truth, and the investigation of the principles by which claims to knowledge may be justified.

    PHI 340 Philosophy of Science 3.

    Nature of science highlighted by differences between science and pseudoscience, relationships between science and religion, and roles of purpose-directed (teleological) and causal explanation in physical, life and social sciences.

    PHI 347 Neuroscience and Philosophy 3.

    Introduction to principal theoretical, empirical and normative issues at the intersection of neuroscience and philosophy, including such issues as: consciousness, the mind's I and the brain's I: free will, moral responsibility and neuroscience; the ethics of personal enhancement; brains, human nature and personal identity; neuroscientifically informed evaluation of well-being.

    PHI 375 Ethics 3.

    Examination of traditional questions of philosophical ethics: What are the principles of moral conduct? What sort of life is worthy of a human being? Includes both classic and contemporary literature.

    PHI 376 History of Ethics 3.
    Prerequisite: One PHI course.

    Topics in the history of ethics. Philosophers to be studied may include Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Butler, Hume, Kant, Sidgwick and Nietzsche.

    PHI 401 Kant's Critique of Pure Reason 3.
    Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHI. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 401 and PHI 501..

    A text-based critical study of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason Focusing on such topics as perception, judgment, knowledge, space, time, substance, causation and reality. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 401 and PHI 501.

    PHI 420 Global Justice 3.
    Prerequisite: One PHI course. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 420 and PHI 520..

    The applications of the ideas of justice and right beyond and across the borders of individual nation states, attending to the facts of globalization and their consequences for political and economic justice and human rights. Topics: skepticism about global justice; transnational distributive justice, pollution, and poverty; national sovereignty, self-determination, and intervention; the ethics of war; international human rights; and global democracy. No one can receive credit for both PHI 420 and PHI 520.

    PHI 425 Introduction to Cognitive Science 3.
    Prerequisite: One upper-level PHI, PSY, CSC or Linguistics course. Credit is not allowed for PHI 425 and PHI/PSY 525..

    Philosophical foundations and empirical fundamentals of cognitive science, an interdisciplinary approach to human cognition. Topics include: the computational model of mind, mental representation, cognitive architecture, the acquisition and use of language. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI/PSY 425 and PHI/PSY 525.

    PHI 440 The Scientific Method 3.
    Prerequisite: One PHI course. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 440 and PHI 540..

    Detailed examination of core issues in the philosophy of science: the confirmation of scientific theories, falsification, projectibility, the nature of scientific explanation, laws of nature, and causation. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 440 and PHI 540.

    PHI 447 Philosophy, Evolution and Human Nature 3.
    Prerequisite: One 300 level or higher course in Philosophy, Biology, Psychology or Anthropology. Credit is not allowed for PHI 447 and PHI 547..

    This course covers philosophical issues in the evolutionary study of human cognition: the role of adaptationism; the values of psychological vs. behavioral approaches; the phenotypic gambit; the evolution of morality and altruism; the nature of culture and the possibility of cultural evolution; innateness, genetic determinism and development; and case studies of evolutionary explanation of human behavior or psychology. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 447 and PHI 547.

    PHI 475 Ethical Theory 3.
    Prerequisite: PHI 375 or PHI 376. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 475 and PHI 575..

    An introduction to some central themes and issues in ethical theory. Topics in normative and meta-ethics such as consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics, constructivism, realism, relativism, subjectivism, and expressivism. Readings primarily from contemporary literature.

    PHI 494 Research and Writing in Ethics 1.
    Prerequisite: PHI 250 or LOG/MA 201 or LOG/MA 335 and one other (non PHI 250) PHI course. Corequisite: One of (PHI 298, 309,310, 313, 325, 375, 376, 420, 475, or 498).

    A substantial paper in ethics, assigned by the instructor of the corequisite; enrollment subject to departmental approval; may be repeated for credit. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    PHI 495 Research and Writing in History of Philosophy 1.
    Prerequisite: PHI 250, LOG 201 or 335 and one other (non-PHI 250) PHI course, Corequisite: One of PHI 298, 300, 301, 302, 310, 401 or 498.

    A substantial paper in history of philosophy, assigned by the instructor of the corequisite; enrollment subject to departmental approval; may be repeated for credit. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    PHI 496 Research and Writing in Contemporary Philosophy 1.
    Prerequisite: PHI 250, LOG 201 or 335 and one other PHI course, Corequisite: One of PHI 298, 305, 330, 331, 332, 333, 340, 347, 425, 440, 447 or 498.

    A substantial paper in contemporary philosophy, assigned by the instructor of the corequisite; enrollment subject to departmental approval; may be repeated for credit. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    PHI 497 Research and Writing in Logic, Representation and Reasoning 1.
    Prerequisite: LOG 201 or 335, and one other PHI course, not PHI 250, Corequisite: One of LOG 335, 435/535, 437, PHI 298, 330, 331, 332, 333, 347, 340, 425/525, 440/540 or 447/547.

    A substantial paper in logic, representation and reasoning, assigned by the instructor of the corequisite. enrollment subject to departmental approval; may be repeated for credit. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    PHI 498 Special Topics in Philosophy 1-6.
    Prerequisite: Six credits in PHI courses.

    Detailed investigation of selected topics in philosophy. Topics determined by faculty members in consultation with head of the department. Course may be used for individualized study.

    PHI 501 Kant's Critique of Pure Reason 3.
    Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 501 and PHI 401..

    A text-based critical study of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason Focusing on such topics as perception, judgment, knowledge, space, time, substance, causation and reality. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 401 and PHI 501.

    PHI 520 Global Justice 3.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 520 and PHI 420..

    The applications of the ideas of justice and right beyond and across the borders of individual nation states, attending to the facts of globalization and their consequences for political and economic justice and human rights. Topics: skepticism about global justice; transnational distributive justice, pollution, and poverty; national sovereignty, self-determination, and intervention; the ethics of war; international human rights; and global democracy. No one can receive credit for both PHI 420 and PHI 520.

    PHI 525 Introduction to Cognitive Science 3.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Credit is not allowed for PHI 525 and PHI/PSY 425..

    Philosophical foundations and empirical fundamentals of cognitive science, an interdisciplinary approach to human cognition. Topics include: the computational model of mind, mental representation, cognitive architecture, the acquisition and use of language. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI/PSY 425 and PHI/PSY 525.

    PHI 540 The Scientific Method 3.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 540 and PHI 440..

    Detailed examination of core issues in the philosophy of science: the confirmation of scientific theories, falsification, projectibility, the nature of scientific explanation, laws of nature, and causation. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 440 and PHI 540.

    PHI 547 Philosophy, Evolution and Human Nature 3.
    Credit is not allowed for both PHI 547 and PHI 447. Graduate Standing Required..

    This course covers philosophical issues in the evolutionary study of human cognition: the role of adaptationism; the values of psychological vs. behavioral approaches; the phenotypic gambit; the evolution of morality and altruism; the nature of culture and the possibility of cultural evolution; innateness, genetic determinism and development; and case studies of evolutionary explanation of human behavior or psychology. Students cannot receive credit for both PHI 447 and PHI 547.

    PHI 575 Ethical Theory 3.
    Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Credit is not allowed for both PHI 575 and PHI 475..

    An introduction to some central themes and issues in ethical theory. Topics in normative and meta-ethics such as consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics, constructivism, realism, relativism, subjectivism, and expressivism. Readings primarily from contemporary literature.

    PHI 598 Special Topics in Philosophy 3-6.

    PHI 696 Summer Thesis Res 1.

    PHI 816 Introduction to Research Ethics 1.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    Institutional rules guiding the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and their philosophical justification. Rudiments of moral reasoning and their application to RCR. Topics: plagiarism, falsification and fabrication of data, and ethics versus custom, law, science, and religion.

    PHI 896 Summer Dissert Res 1.