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Philosophy



PHL 202
Philosophical and Ethical Issues [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
In this course, students study the traditional systems of ethical decision-making, including a number of Christian perspectives, and apply what they learn to the analysis of vexing ethical and social issues in contemporary society such as abortion, affirmative action, capital punishment, cloning, constitutional freedoms, euthanasia, pacifism and just war, and extreme poverty. The goal of this course is for students to develop a familiarity with ethical argumentation, some sophistication in developing and articulating justifiable ethical perspectives, and a well-founded, internalized ethical sensibility to guide them in their lives. Business, Nursing, and Philosophy-Religion majors have their own versions of the course.

PHL 202H
Honors Philosophical and Ethical Issues [Honors Option] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course covers the same areas of philosophical and ethical thought as those discussed in PHL 202. Class time, however, is less structured and students have more freedom to explore issues of personal interest in innovative ways. (Offered alternate years)

PHL 208
Critical Thinking [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The student develops skills for evaluating arguments through an applied study of the formal and informal components of language and reasoning. The course is preparation for a thoughtful, informed, and attentive life.

PHL 301
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The intent of this course is to discuss comparatively the following philosophical figures or schools: the Pre-Socratics, the Sophists, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, post-Aristotelian philosophers, Augustine, and Aquinas. (Offered alternate years)

PHL 302
Modern Philosophy [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Consideration is given to Western philosophy from Bacon through the eighteenth century, with special attention to Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. (Offered alternate years)

PHL 303
Recent and Contemporary Philosophy [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with philosophical thought since the beginning of the 19th century. Emphasis is on Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Marx, James Moore, Russell, and Wittgenstein. (Offered alternate years)

PHL 305
Epistemology and Religious Belief [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Students gain an understanding of the concepts, issues, and approaches prevalent in epistemology (the theory of knowledge) since Gettier's ground-breaking work in 1963 and apply this understanding to the particular case of religious knowledge. (Offered alternate years)

PHL 402
Philosophy of Religion [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is a philosophical analysis of religious belief. Specifically, the student analyzes the following issues: religious language, divine omniscience, divine omnipotence, divine goodness, petitionary prayer, divine immutability, arguments for and against God's existence, and personal immortality.

PHL 404
Topics in Philosophy [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This is an advanced seminar-style class that explores topics in philosophy not covered in the rest of the curriculum. (May be repeated if topic differs.) (Offered on demand)

PHL 495
Independent Study in Philosophy [Independent Study] (2.0-3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the Academic Dean, and the Registrar.


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The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.