Introduction to the basic study of philosophy. Among the core subjects are logic, morals and ethics and theories of knowledge and being. The study includes classical and contemporary philosophers, as well as issues such as ethnicity, abortion, sexuality and human rights. (3,0,0)
Study of some of the basic writings in historical and contemporary moral philosophy . A major consideration is the development of human rights. Two fundamental questions guide this course: what is the good life; and, how do we decide that? (3,0,0)
A consideration of how philosophy and literature connect. This course emphasizes how literature is read philosophically, especially with regard to ethics. Historical and contemporary fiction is read together with theory on reading philosophically. (3,0,0)
An examination of the philosophical foundations of the social sciences. The course surveys the history of thought that has shaped and continues to influence the development of the social sciences, including, social, economic, and scientific topics, ideas of methodology; and leading figures such as Comte, Marx and Weber. (3,0,0)
The course contains the arguments around the existence of God and the formation, continuation, and occasional disintegration of religion. The context is historical, contemporary, and global, examining various philosophical and cultural responses to divinity. (3,0,0)
We see how philosophers and scientists think about the principles and work of science, and how the ethical background of the sciences (a.k.a. “natural philosophy”) complements and justifies the empirical background . The approach is historical and comparative in discussing both the faith and the skepticism over science. (3,0,0)
This course intends to help you both pose and answer ethical questions around our relationship with the environment. From pollution to population, from traditional knowledge to bioengineering, from animal rights to human rights, we will investigate our problematic history and current status to see how we can help prevent further damage to the...