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Spring 03 Courses
 

PHI 111 - Basic Problems of Philosophy

FYS 100 - Doing a Good Job: The Ethics of Professional Practice
Hannah Hardgrave
MW 3-4:15 p.m.
Tribble A307

Work is an important aspect of most people's adult lives yet professional training focuses on only one essential aspect of doing a good job - technical competence. Making sure that the job well done is also morally worth doing is the goal of professional ethics. This seminar will be an opportunity to learn about the principles of professional ethics and the many temptations to violate them. Both standards of practice which apply generally to professions as well as those which are unique to a single occupation will be the subject of this seminar.

FYS 100 - Plato's Republic and Contemporary Moral Issues
Clark Thompson
TR 12-1:15 p.m.
Collins Seminar
TR 3-4:15 p.m.
Tribble A307
Our main emphasis will be on questions in moral and political philosophy. In the first half of the semester we read a number of works by Plato: the Euthyphro, the Crito, the Meno, the Gorgias, and the Republic. In the second half of the semester we read Locke's A Letter Concerning Toleration, Mill's On Liberty, and articles on legal moralism, paternalism, and the duty of rescue. Questions we address include the following: Is an act right because commanded by God, or commanded by God because it is right? What is the basis of our obligation to obey the law? Does anyone ever desire something believing it to be evil? What is justice, and is acting justly in the agent's best interest? What is the proper relation between church and state? Should the law be used to enforce morality as such? Are paternalistic laws legitimate? Should the law require us to help strangers in need

PHI 221 - Symbolic Logic
Dorothea Lotter
TR 4-5:45 p.m.
Tribble A307

This course serves as an introduction to first order logic (propositional and predicate logic) and set theory. These are something like a Must for anyone seriously interested in analytic philosophy or in analytic thinking in general. If time permits we will also be dealing with some meta-logical issues, like the completeness and compactness theorems for first order calculi. The course is based on the successful text-software package Language, Proof and Logic, which is designed as an experiential logic course. Through numerous exercises presented both in text and software, the "study" of logic becomes the "doing" of logic. Textbooks: Jon Barwise/ John Etchemendy: Language, Proof and Logic, C S L I Publications; Package edition, 2002

PHI 241 - Modern Philosophy
Adrian Bardon
TR 12-1:15 p.m.
Tribble A307
A survey of the major European philosophers of the early modern period, including Descartes, Newton, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, and Hume. Our emphasis will be on theories of ideas, epistemology, and metaphysics; we shall also touch on theories of time and space, theology, and ethics. Development of critical reasoning skills through class participation and structured writing will be emphasized. Students will take in-class quizzes and write two papers. P-PHI 111

PHI 261 - Ethics
Win-chiat Lee
MWF 2-2:50 p.m.
Tribble A307
Ethics has a broader scope than morality proper. Besides questions concerning moral duties and the rightness and wrongness of actions, ethics also covers other value issues such as those concerning happiness, the good life and, indeed, even the meaning of life. It also addresses questions about the relation of morality to happiness, including psychological well-being, as well as the conflict between morality and other aspects of life. Reasons to be moral can make sense perhaps only in the larger context of value. While it would be impossible to address all of the major questions in ethics in one course, this course will attempt to do justice to the broader scope of ethics while remaining primarily focused on the study of the major moral theories such as Utilitarianism, Deontological Theory and Virtue Theory. Attention will also be paid to what is often known as meta-ethics. Under this heading, the course will address questions concerning the nature of moral and value judgments - questions such as, whether moral and value judgments are relative and whether they are non-cognitive. Readings will include both historical and contemporary sources. Historical sources will include Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Mill and Nietzsche. P - PHI 111

PHI 274 - Philosophy of Mind
George Graham & Ralph Kennedy
TR 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Tribble A307
The mind is so fascinating and complex, that it's no wonder that the philosophy of mind is one of the most active fields in philosophy today. This course introduces the field. Among topics to be discussed are: the power of consciousness, death and personal identity, mind as mind versus mind as brain, the ills of mental illness, and the minds of non-human animals and machines. The required books for the course include: George Graham Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction (Blackwell 1998, 2nd edition) paperback ISBN 0-631-20541-1 and Daniel Robinson, ed., The Mind (Oxford, 1998) paperback ISBN 0-19-289-308-4. Interdisciplinary applications to neuroscience and psychology will be discussed. The teaching format will combine lectures with open and interactive discussion. P - PHI 111

PHI 290 - Readings in Philosophy: Hume
Clark Thompson
TR 7-8:15 p.m.
Tribble A307
A study of Hume's ideas on knowledge, ethics, and religion. Topics will include causation, induction, skepticism, freedom of the will, the nature of moral judgment, the design argument for the existence of God, and the problem of evil. Readings will be from the Treatise, the Enquiries, and the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. P-PHIL 111. This course satisfies the Group IV major requirement.

PHI 332 - Aristotle
Marcus Hester
TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Tribble B313
We acquire tools for reading Aristotle's texts from learning some of the language of his logic and categories (the ten different kinds of questions we ask about things). Then we apply these tools to selected works from his biology, (Physics, Generation and Corruption), physical science (Generation and Corruption, Meteorology), psychology, (On the Soul), metaphysics (Metaphysics), ethics (Nicomachean Ethics), politics (Politics) and poetics (Poetics) (the study of how to understand tragedy and other arts). The unity of his thought on these very different topics is emphasized. We study recurrent ideas such as causation, the status and origination of knowledge, the relation of nature to the First Cause, the nature and motivation of actions, the nature of social institutions, and the nature of art and artifacts.
In terms of grading, there is a midterm and final exam. Also a term paper is required, and it can be on any topic in Aristotle.

PHI 352 - Hegel, Kierkegaard & Nietzsche
Charles Lewis
TR 3-4:15 p.m.
Tribble B313
Is there a way to think about the natural world that also makes sense of human life and history? Is anything gained, or lost, by thinking holistically about the world as a whole? Is a life dedicated to thinking about the world (and living accordingly) a way of avoiding an authentic human life? What does it mean to live authentically? Does nihilism provide the answer or is it a form of avoidance? What motivates avoidance and is there a remedy?

PHI 353 - Heidegger
Andrew Cross
MW 3-4:15 p.m.
Tribble A313
The course will be devoted to the study of Martin Heidegger's early masterwork, Being and Time. In that book, Heidegger synthesizes elements of Kant's transcendental philosophy, Kierkegaard's existentialism, and Husserl's phenomenology, together with many insights of his own, to produce a profoundly original and detailed conception of what it is to be human and of the nature of our relationship to - better, involvement in - the world. The work is a difficult one, but should be rewarding to anybody interested in questions about the nature of human life, the nature of mind, the basis of meaning, and the structure of the everyday world. There will be two papers and a take-home final. Prerequisites: One 200-level philosophy course or permission of instructor. Required texts: Martin Heidegger, Being and Time (Macquarrie & Robinson translation); Hubert L. Dreyfus, Being-in-the-World: A Commentary on Division I of Heidegger's Being and Time. Recommended texts: Martin Heidegger, Basic Problems of Phenomenology.

PHI 362 - Social & Political Philosophy
Eric Brandon
MWF 10-10:50 a.m.
Tribble A307

This course will focus on contemporary political philosophy, especially on liberalism and related topics. In order to develop an understanding of liberalism before moving on to a variety of related issues in political philosophy, we will begin with John Rawls' A Theory of Justice and Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Political philosophies such as libertarianism and communitarianism will be studied as responses to liberalism. Other topics such as multiculturalism, the relationship between metaphysics and politics, the role of religion in politics, feminism, and the place of individuals and nations in the international setting will be studied with regard to their impact on liberalism.

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