Philosophy courses that satisfy the Division I requirement

Any three-hour philosophy course numbered 221 or lower counts towards satisfying the Division I requirement. Courses taken elsewhere after a student has enrolled at Wake Forest University will not count towards satisfying the Division I requirement in philosophy.

111. Basic Problems of Philosophy. (3h) Examination of the basic concepts of several representative philosophers, including their accounts of the nature of knowledge, persons, God, mind, and matter. (D)

112. Introduction to Philosophical Ideas. (3h) Introduction to Philosophical Ideas. (3h) How and why does philosophy engage religious belief and common sense? Why is the purposive world of pre-modern life abandoned by modern naturalism, skepticism, and existentialism? How are our contemporary ideas of self and world expressions of these opposing conceptions of life, love, and meaning? (D)

113. Knowledge and Reality. (3h) Examination of three interconnected philosophic problems: the nature of existence; the distinction between truth and falsity; and the question of what it means to know. (D)

114. Philosophy of Human Nature. (3h) A study of selected topics bearing on human nature, such as free will and determinism, the relation of mind and body, personal identity and personhood, and immortality. (D)

115. Introduction to Philosophy of Religion. (3h) A study of some central issues in the philosophy of religion, such as arguments for and against the existence of God; faith and reason; the divine attributes; the nature and existence of the soul; the possibility of immortality; and religious diversity. (D)

116. Meaning and Happiness. (3h) Beginning with Plato (c. 400 BCE) and ending with Foucault (died 1984) the course will look at the views of Western philosophers who have discussed how to live a happy, meaningful life, with particular attention paid to ‘post-death-of-God’ philosophers (e.g. Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, Sartre, Camus, Heidegger). (D)

160. Introduction to Political Philosophy. (3h) Examines basic concepts and problems in political thought, including social and economic issues, individual rights, equality, justice, and the common good. (D)

161. Medical Ethics. (3h) Study of moral problems in the practice of medicine, including informed consent, experimentation on human subjects, truthtelling, confidentiality, abortion, and the allocation of scarce medical resources. (D)

163. Environmental Ethics. (3h) Examination of ethical issues concerning the environment as they arise in individual lives and public policy. (D)

164. Contemporary Moral Problems. (3h) A study of pressing ethical issues in contemporary life, such as abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, affirmative action, marriage, cloning, pornography, and capital punishment.(D)

220. Logic. (3h) Elementary study of the laws of valid inference, recognition of fallacies, and logical analysis. (D)

221. Symbolic Logic. (3h) Introduction to propositional and predicate logic, including identity and functions. Construction of proofs. Use of models to demonstrate consistency and invalidity. Application of these techniques to the assessment of arguments expressed in ordinary language. (D)