Philosophy

Philosophy Major

Learn more about this major

Degree Requirements - 126 credits

Students can earn a bachelor of arts degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.

Students can earn a bachelor of science degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of science degree.

Major Requirements: 11 courses, 38 credits

Core Requirements (4 courses, 10 credits)

Prerequisites:

CAS-101. CAS students only. SBS students by special permission. Restricted to the following majors: Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, French, Global Cultural Studies, History, Humanities, International Economics, Music History, Philosophy, Physics, Radiation Science, Socioloug, Spanish, and Undeclared. Instructor consent required for all other majors.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course engages students in the early stages of career planning. Students will explore their interests skills values and strengths which will allow them to begin setting appropriate goals for professional development. Once students understand themselves in relation to the world of work they will learn how to research careers and employment paths that fit with their goals.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The study of philosophical thought from the period of the ancient Greek philosophers through the Medieval thinkers including such philosophers as Socrates Plato Aristotle Epicurus Zeno Parmenides Pythagoras Protagoras Augustine Aquinas Anselm and Abelard. An introductory course designed to equip the student with a well grounded understanding and appreciation of Philosophy. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A study of the prominent modern thinkers such as Descartes Leibniz Spinoza Locke Berkeley Hume and Kant. The course is an historical survey of the key concepts problems and developments in modern philosophy including rationalism empiricism and skepticism. The following themes central to Modern philosophy will be addressed: the nature of reality; the limits of human knowledge; self and self-identity; mind and body; freedom in theory and practice; reason vs. sentiment in ethics. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-210 and PHIL-211 and consent of instructor.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This is a required course for all students in the major to be taken in the Spring Semester of their senior year. Students will prepare a portfolio of their previous coursework collaborate with the faculty symposium leader on a selection of texts to read in common with other seniors and prepare one paper for delivery at the Senior Symposium usually held in late April. Students seeking Honors in Philosophy must take this course to complete the senior thesis. PHIL 210 and 211 and consent of instructor. 1 term - 1 credit. Normally offered Spring Semester every year.

Core Electives (3 courses, 12 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An introduction to the fundamentals of logic and rhetoric. Students will acquire the analytical interpretive and argumentative skills which will allow them to reason well about everyday topics and about the issues debated in the public arena. Students will study inductive and deductive methods and study different forms of arguments. Students will be able to appreciate the power of rhetorical persuasion and will learn to identify the common misconceptions manipulations of information and fallacies present in public discourse. The course will also address the psychological impediments to good reasoning and aspects of language which tend to interfere with logical thought. Experiential learning will be employed throughout the course: students will practice discussing issues in a logically consistent informed and charitable manner and will engage in civil dialogue though group work class discussions and extracurricular events.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An introduction to formal (or semi-formal) study of the basic types of deductive arguments (propositional and syllogistic logic). 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A systematic introduction to the major thinkers and their positions on the main issues of ethics such as: What is morality? What are moral values? How should we live our lives? Are there objective universal absolute moral standards? If so what are they and what is their basis? 1 term - credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this class you will be introduced to the perspectives and methods of politics philosophy and economics and see how these three disciplines present distinct but interconnected dimensions of current social and political issues.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of contemporary Western society particularly in the United States in relation to philosophical attempts to define the "good life." Current books that exhibit a philosophical approach towards important contemporary social issues will be discussed as well as classics in philosophy. Topics may include: civic virtue consumerism current events economic justice popular culture (film music television) religion and secularism etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A critical examination of a number of contemporary moral issues such as: abortion affirmative action animal rights capital punishment cloning drug legalization environmental ethics euthanasia genetic engineering gun control pornography same-sex marriage suicide war and terrorism etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Choose one Philosophy course at the 400-level

Electives (4 courses, 16 credits)

Students are required to take four additional Philosophy courses selected with the help of an advisor. At least one of these additional courses should be at the 200-level or higher and one should be at the 300-level or higher.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Applied Ethics Concentration

Major Requirements with Applied Ethics Concentration: 11 courses, 38 credits

Requirements for the Applied Ethics concentration supersede all other requirements for the major.

Core Requirements (6 courses, 18 credits)

Prerequisites:

CAS-101. CAS students only. SBS students by special permission. Restricted to the following majors: Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, French, Global Cultural Studies, History, Humanities, International Economics, Music History, Philosophy, Physics, Radiation Science, Socioloug, Spanish, and Undeclared. Instructor consent required for all other majors.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course engages students in the early stages of career planning. Students will explore their interests skills values and strengths which will allow them to begin setting appropriate goals for professional development. Once students understand themselves in relation to the world of work they will learn how to research careers and employment paths that fit with their goals.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A systematic introduction to the major thinkers and their positions on the main issues of ethics such as: What is morality? What are moral values? How should we live our lives? Are there objective universal absolute moral standards? If so what are they and what is their basis? 1 term - credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The study of philosophical thought from the period of the ancient Greek philosophers through the Medieval thinkers including such philosophers as Socrates Plato Aristotle Epicurus Zeno Parmenides Pythagoras Protagoras Augustine Aquinas Anselm and Abelard. An introductory course designed to equip the student with a well grounded understanding and appreciation of Philosophy. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A study of the prominent modern thinkers such as Descartes Leibniz Spinoza Locke Berkeley Hume and Kant. The course is an historical survey of the key concepts problems and developments in modern philosophy including rationalism empiricism and skepticism. The following themes central to Modern philosophy will be addressed: the nature of reality; the limits of human knowledge; self and self-identity; mind and body; freedom in theory and practice; reason vs. sentiment in ethics. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of persistent debates in political and social philosophy. Topics covered can include the meaning of property and welfare the tensions between liberty and equality censorship and freedom of expression the relation of church and state human rights and the common good the possibility of political education and civic virtue legitimacy of the state revolution and counter-revolution war and problems of ends and means addressing historic injustices such as racism genocide or sexism among other topics. Students will read both classic and contemporary writings to address both the historical roots and the contemporary treatment of these questions. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-210 and PHIL-211 and consent of instructor.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This is a required course for all students in the major to be taken in the Spring Semester of their senior year. Students will prepare a portfolio of their previous coursework collaborate with the faculty symposium leader on a selection of texts to read in common with other seniors and prepare one paper for delivery at the Senior Symposium usually held in late April. Students seeking Honors in Philosophy must take this course to complete the senior thesis. PHIL 210 and 211 and consent of instructor. 1 term - 1 credit. Normally offered Spring Semester every year.

Core Elective (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An introduction to the fundamentals of logic and rhetoric. Students will acquire the analytical interpretive and argumentative skills which will allow them to reason well about everyday topics and about the issues debated in the public arena. Students will study inductive and deductive methods and study different forms of arguments. Students will be able to appreciate the power of rhetorical persuasion and will learn to identify the common misconceptions manipulations of information and fallacies present in public discourse. The course will also address the psychological impediments to good reasoning and aspects of language which tend to interfere with logical thought. Experiential learning will be employed throughout the course: students will practice discussing issues in a logically consistent informed and charitable manner and will engage in civil dialogue though group work class discussions and extracurricular events.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An introduction to formal (or semi-formal) study of the basic types of deductive arguments (propositional and syllogistic logic). 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Applied Ethics Requirements (4 courses, 16 credits)

Choose four courses in Applied Ethics, at least two of which must be at the 200-level or higher:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this class you will be introduced to the perspectives and methods of politics philosophy and economics and see how these three disciplines present distinct but interconnected dimensions of current social and political issues.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of contemporary Western society particularly in the United States in relation to philosophical attempts to define the "good life." Current books that exhibit a philosophical approach towards important contemporary social issues will be discussed as well as classics in philosophy. Topics may include: civic virtue consumerism current events economic justice popular culture (film music television) religion and secularism etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A critical examination of a number of contemporary moral issues such as: abortion affirmative action animal rights capital punishment cloning drug legalization environmental ethics euthanasia genetic engineering gun control pornography same-sex marriage suicide war and terrorism etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, PHIL-123, PHIL-127 or PHIL-120

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course will address in depth one or more specific issues in applied ethics. Topics will vary and may range from applied issues in political thought such as just war theory or transitional justice to specific questions in professional ethics or social policy such as end-of-life care economic justice or the role of technology in the human future. Prerequisite: PHIL 119 or 123 or 127. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every other year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, PHIL-123, PHIL-127 or PHIL-120

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of the moral issues involved in the interaction of humans with their natural environment. Topics include: the environmental crisis human-centered vs. nature-centered ethics intrinsic value in nature obligations to future generations the importance of preserving endangered species and wilderness radical ecology eco-feminism and the role of social justice in environmental issues. Prerequisite: PHIL 119 or 123 or 127. 1 term -4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, or PHIL-123, or PHIL-127.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of the moral problems facing health-care practitioners their patients and others involved with the practice of medicine in today's society. Issues include euthanasia the ethics of medical experimentation the use of reproductive technologies genetic counseling and genetic engineering truth-telling and confidentiality in doctor-patient relationships the cost and availability of medical care. Normally offered every third year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, PHIL-123, PHIL-127 or PHIL-120 and consent of instructor

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students in this course will serve as interns in a department-approved position with a service provider professional organization government agency or non-governmental organization whose work is relevant to issues in applied ethics. A faculty mentor will meet with students regularly to develop individually designed programs of readings and to discuss this material and its relation to the internship experience. In addition to the substantial time commitment to the internship course requirements will usually include a journal and a research project. PHIL 119 or 123 or 127 and consent of instructor. 1 term -4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Philosophy Major Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will...
Students will be able to...
Develop a conceptual and historical understanding of the evolution of ideas and philosophical theories from various traditions and global perspectives
[Historical and Theoretical Foundation]

  • Acquire a solid foundation in the history of philosophy
  • Gain proficiency in ethics, theoretical and applied
  • Study diverse intellectual traditions and approaches
  • Appreciate the practical importance of a philosophical approach to life questions
Learn logical analysis and develop critical thinking skills
[Logic]
  • Formulate, analyze, and evaluate arguments
  • Support arguments with systematic reasoning
  • Study the foundations of various disciplines
  • Integrate textual analysis, argument analysis and evaluation
Discuss concepts and issues in a manner that is informed, creative, and charitable
[Civil Discourse]
  • Engage in civil dialogue through group work, open discussions, Q&A, etc.
  • Raise probing questions
  • Use sound argumentation strategies
  • Debate issues in a respectful manner
  • Identify the conceptual, historical, and cultural differences which inform contemporary discourse
  • Give effective presentations, both formal and informal
Become proficient in research and analytical writing
[Research and Writing]
  • Formulate interesting and important research questions
  • Identify and synthesize the relevant scholarly resources essential to a research question
  • Organize an argument in a form and level of depth suitable to a broad audience
  • Use information technology effectively
  • Constructively employ philosophical tools (distinctions, objections/responses, convincing hypotheticals and counter-examples)
  • Write with accuracy, precision, consistency, and relevance to topic at hand

Master a variety of reading styles and genres
[Textual Analysis]
  • Identify and articulate the core arguments from complex texts
  • Compare and contrast ideas expressed in different styles and different time periods
  • Raise substantive questions about the author’s assumptions, conclusions, and rhetorical devices

Philosophy Minor

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Minor Requirements: 5 courses, 20 credits

Core Requirements (2 courses, 8 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A systematic introduction to the major thinkers and their positions on the main issues of ethics such as: What is morality? What are moral values? How should we live our lives? Are there objective universal absolute moral standards? If so what are they and what is their basis? 1 term - credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this class you will be introduced to the perspectives and methods of politics philosophy and economics and see how these three disciplines present distinct but interconnected dimensions of current social and political issues.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of contemporary Western society particularly in the United States in relation to philosophical attempts to define the "good life." Current books that exhibit a philosophical approach towards important contemporary social issues will be discussed as well as classics in philosophy. Topics may include: civic virtue consumerism current events economic justice popular culture (film music television) religion and secularism etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A critical examination of a number of contemporary moral issues such as: abortion affirmative action animal rights capital punishment cloning drug legalization environmental ethics euthanasia genetic engineering gun control pornography same-sex marriage suicide war and terrorism etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The study of philosophical thought from the period of the ancient Greek philosophers through the Medieval thinkers including such philosophers as Socrates Plato Aristotle Epicurus Zeno Parmenides Pythagoras Protagoras Augustine Aquinas Anselm and Abelard. An introductory course designed to equip the student with a well grounded understanding and appreciation of Philosophy. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A study of the prominent modern thinkers such as Descartes Leibniz Spinoza Locke Berkeley Hume and Kant. The course is an historical survey of the key concepts problems and developments in modern philosophy including rationalism empiricism and skepticism. The following themes central to Modern philosophy will be addressed: the nature of reality; the limits of human knowledge; self and self-identity; mind and body; freedom in theory and practice; reason vs. sentiment in ethics. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Electives (3 courses, 12 credits)

Choose three additional philosophy courses, two of which should be at the 200-level or higher.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Minor Programs Policy: A student declaring a minor may use no more than two courses from a major or double major combination to fulfill the requirements for the minor. No more than one course from one minor may count toward the fulfillment of a second minor. Students may not minor in a subject in which they are also completing a major. For more information, see the Minor Programs section of the CAS Degree Requirements page.

Honors

To complete requirements for honors in the major, a candidate must:

  1. Graduate with a major GPA of 3.5 or higher
  2. Graduate with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Complete either two years of language study by graduation or PHIL-212 and PHIL-423
  4. Complete a minimum of two 400-level Philosophy courses
  5. Complete PHIL-H515
  6. Complete a research paper/thesis in PHIL-H515 that is approved by the department
  7. CAS Honors Program students only: Present work from the senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

To become a candidate for honors in the major, a student must:

  1. Have a major GPA of 3.4 or higher
  2. Have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Have completed a minimum of 8 credits in Philosophy courses at Suffolk University

CAS Honors Program students only: CAS Honors Program student who fulfill the above GPA requirement and the minimum credits of coursework are assumed candidates for departmental honors and should consult with the major advisor during junior year about registering for honors requirements as described above

All other students: Apply to the department chair or the advisor at the beginning of junior year

Societies

Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society

Phi Sigma Tau, the National Honor Society for Philosophy, established its Massachusetts Beta Chapter at Suffolk in 1965. Active membership is open to students who have reached junior standing and who have completed at least six courses in philosophy at Suffolk with an average of 3.3, plus a cumulative average of 3.0.

Philosophy Courses

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An introduction to the fundamentals of logic and rhetoric. Students will acquire the analytical interpretive and argumentative skills which will allow them to reason well about everyday topics and about the issues debated in the public arena. Students will study inductive and deductive methods and study different forms of arguments. Students will be able to appreciate the power of rhetorical persuasion and will learn to identify the common misconceptions manipulations of information and fallacies present in public discourse. The course will also address the psychological impediments to good reasoning and aspects of language which tend to interfere with logical thought. Experiential learning will be employed throughout the course: students will practice discussing issues in a logically consistent informed and charitable manner and will engage in civil dialogue though group work class discussions and extracurricular events.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A general introduction to the nature of philosophical analysis. Lectures readings and discussions will focus on representative issues and thinkers from the main areas of philosophy (such the nature of truth reality morality politics and religion). 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A systematic introduction to the major thinkers and their positions on the main issues of ethics such as: What is morality? What are moral values? How should we live our lives? Are there objective universal absolute moral standards? If so what are they and what is their basis? 1 term - credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL Major and Minors, CAS Honors, or CAS GPA 3.3 or higher.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A systematic introduction to the major thinkers and their positions on the main issues of ethics such as: What is morality? What are moral values? How should we live our lives? Are there objective universal absolute moral standards? If so what are they and what is their basis? Prerequisite: Philosophy majors minors or honor students only. 1 term -4 credits.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this class you will be introduced to the perspectives and methods of politics philosophy and economics and see how these three disciplines present distinct but interconnected dimensions of current social and political issues.

Prerequisites:

Honor student or at least 3.3 GPA

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this class you will be introduced to the perspectives and methods of politics philosophy and economics and see how these three disciplines present distinct but interconnected dimensions of current social and political issues.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of contemporary Western society particularly in the United States in relation to philosophical attempts to define the "good life." Current books that exhibit a philosophical approach towards important contemporary social issues will be discussed as well as classics in philosophy. Topics may include: civic virtue consumerism current events economic justice popular culture (film music television) religion and secularism etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-123 concurrently and Instructor consent

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Service Learning Component

Prerequisites:

Limited to PHIL majors, minors, Honors students, or students with 3.3 GPA or higher.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of contemporary Western society particularly in the United States in relation to philosophical attempts to define the "good life." Current books that exhibit a philosophical approach towards important contemporary social issues will be discussed as well as classics in philosophy. Topics may include: civic virtue consumerism current events economic justice popular culture (film music television) religion and secularism etc. Prerequisite: Philosophy majors minors or honor students only. 1 term -4 credits.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A critical examination of a number of contemporary moral issues such as: abortion affirmative action animal rights capital punishment cloning drug legalization environmental ethics euthanasia genetic engineering gun control pornography same-sex marriage suicide war and terrorism etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-127 concurrently and Instructor consent

Credits:

0.00

Description:

Service Learning Component

Prerequisites:

PHIL Major and Minors, CAS Honors, or CAS GPA 3.3 or higher.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A critical examination of a number of contemporary moral issues such as: abortion affirmative action animal rights capital punishment cloning drug legalization environmental ethics euthanasia genetic engineering gun control pornography same-sex marriage suicide war and terrorism etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Prerequisite: Philosophy majors minors or honor students only. 1 term -4 credits.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The study of philosophical thought from the period of the ancient Greek philosophers through the Medieval thinkers including such philosophers as Socrates Plato Aristotle Epicurus Zeno Parmenides Pythagoras Protagoras Augustine Aquinas Anselm and Abelard. An introductory course designed to equip the student with a well grounded understanding and appreciation of Philosophy. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

CAS Honors Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The study of philosophical thought from the period of the ancient Greek philosophers through the Medieval thinkers including such philosophers as Socrates Plato Aristotle Epicurus Zeno Parmenides Pythagoras Protagoras Augustine Aquinas Anselm and Abelard. An introductory course designed to equip the student with a well grounded understanding and appreciation of Philosophy. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A study of the prominent modern thinkers such as Descartes Leibniz Spinoza Locke Berkeley Hume and Kant. The course is an historical survey of the key concepts problems and developments in modern philosophy including rationalism empiricism and skepticism. The following themes central to Modern philosophy will be addressed: the nature of reality; the limits of human knowledge; self and self-identity; mind and body; freedom in theory and practice; reason vs. sentiment in ethics. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An introduction to formal (or semi-formal) study of the basic types of deductive arguments (propositional and syllogistic logic). 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

"What counts as art?" "What is beauty?" "Are there objective standards of beauty?" This course examines the nature of aesthetic experience art beauty and creativity. Through the classic and contemporary readings the students will be introduced to philosophical issues concerning the meaning of art artistic representation perceptions of art interpretation and criticism. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own experience of art and explore the relationships among the artist the audience the artwork and the world. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every third year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An inquiry into some philosophical themes in modern literature. Existential reality immortality faith and nature morality and reason will be explored through the creative word of modern authors. Special emphasis will be placed on recurrent themes and their philosophical belief structure and meaning. 1 term - 4 credits.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is an introduction to the philosophy of feminist thought. Feminist theories of epistemology metaphysics and morality will be examined as critiques of traditional philosophy . Feminist perspectives and methodologies include radical liberal postmodern as well as more recent trends in ecofeminism. Special emphasis will be placed on explicit and implicit practices of alienation and exclusion as they have unfolded in the "gendering" of thought truth and reality. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every third year. C b

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, or PHIL-123, or PHIL-127

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the political social and ecological problems facing us as a global community. Having its roots in feminist theory and deep-ecology eco-feminism provides a critical framework for ecological responsibility and accountability. Writings from eco-feminist thinkers and environmental activists around the world will be used to highlight the philosophical and political conflicts and challenges including globalization and loss of biodiversity global warming international human rights the relationship of gender and nature and modes of redress for eco-justice and sustainable development.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, or PHIL-123, or PHIL-127. Restricted to CAS Honors students

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the political social and ecological problems facing us as a global community. Having its roots in feminist theory and deep-ecology eco-feminism provides a critical framework for ecological responsibility and accountability. Writings from eco-feminist thinkers and environmental activists around the world will be used to highlight the philosophical and political conflicts and challenges including globalization and loss of biodiversity global warming international human rights the relationship of gender and nature and modes of redress for eco-justice and sustainable development.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of persistent debates in political and social philosophy. Topics covered can include the meaning of property and welfare the tensions between liberty and equality censorship and freedom of expression the relation of church and state human rights and the common good the possibility of political education and civic virtue legitimacy of the state revolution and counter-revolution war and problems of ends and means addressing historic injustices such as racism genocide or sexism among other topics. Students will read both classic and contemporary writings to address both the historical roots and the contemporary treatment of these questions. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

CAS Honors students only.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An exposition and critical evaluation of the major Western social and political thinkers. Readings from such thinkers as Plato Aristotle Machiavelli Hobbes Rousseau Locke Mill Jefferson Marx and Rawls. Normally offered alternate years

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Prejudice of many kinds such as racism and sexism is so embedded in our social institutions and is so "traditional" and pervasive that we often fail to notice it. In this course we will deal with the history and nature of racism and sexism as well as with possible solutions to these problems including affirmative action and busing. Also to be discussed will be homosexuality pornography and sex roles. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered alternate years. C a

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The exposition and critical evaluation of Hinduism Buddhism Confucianism Taoism and Islam. Special attention is given to foundation principles as well as to the similarities and differences of each of these philosophies to basic ideas in Western philosophy. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered alternate years. C b

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An historical survey of Buddhist philosophy. We will explore Buddhist origins central teachings devotional and meditational practices ritual and institutions as developed from classical to modern times. Special attention given to the philosophical diversity of the Buddhist world view. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered alternate years. C b

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course is an examination of Native American (Indian) religious experience both the similarities and differences among the myths and rituals of the major tribes which comprise the background of our nation's history of Western migration and "settlement." The emphasis will be on understanding how life was experienced by these peoples through a close look at the philosophical meanings of their mythology and ethics. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered alternate years. C a

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An exploration into the various dimensions and ideologies concerning the role of the feminine in relation to the Divine. Belief systems myths and archetypes from ancient Goddess worship to 20th century feminist theology will be examined in terms of the philosophical content and psychological consequences. Special emphasis will be placed on feminist metaphysical structures for understanding consciousness and Reality. Classes will be conducted by means of lectures primary and secondary texts and class discussions. Normally offered alternate years. Cultural Diversity A

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A survey of the main developments in Chinese Philosophy. The course begins with the early dynastic concept of humanism and then turns to Confucius and Mencius. Having developed the central Confucian doctrines students next examine the Taoist response to Confucianism in the writings of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. The course then considers Zen Buddhism which is called Ch'an Buddhism in China where it originated. In particular students study the concept of sudden enlightenment before turning to the Neo-Confucian scholars.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A critical examination of the sociopolitical historical phenomenon of fascism its origins as a reaction against the European Enlightenment and the revolutions in its wake its various manifestations and philosophical explanations and its continuing influence and appeal today. We read original texts by thinkers such as Joseph de Maistre Juan Donoso Cort's Carl Schmitt Charles Maurras Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera Benito Mussolini Adolf Hitler Julius Evola and others as well as some scholarly secondary sources.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A survey of the history of European and Anglo-American philosophy of the 20th century. Students will be introduced to the key intellectual movements such as logical positivism pragmatism ordinary language philosophy analytic philosophy critical theory post-structuralism/post-modernism and feminism. The course will address both the content of philosophical ideas and their historical social and political contexts. 4 credits. Prerequisite: none.

Prerequisites:

CAS Honors students only.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines one or more of the following major philosophical movements of the 20th century: Pragmatism Phenomenology Existentialism Logical Positivism Analytic (Linguistic) Philosophy Postmodernism and Critical Theory (Post-Analytic Philosophy). Prerequisite: PHIL 211 or consent of instructor. 1 term -4 credits. Normally offered alternate years.

Prerequisites:

One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An overview of the existentialist tradition. Primary focus on issues and problems arising from the existentialist reaction to classical philosophy. Topics include: paradoxes and contradictions of human nature and human condition; radical freedom commitment and responsibility; existential anxiety meaninglessness and the rejection of God; authenticity and self-deception; individuality and community. Philosophers to be discussed will include Kierkegaard Nietzsche Sartre Camus Dostoevsky and Heidegger. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every other year.

Prerequisites:

One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor. Restricted to CAS Honors students

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An overview of the existentialist tradition. Primary focus on issues and problems arising from the existentialist reaction to classical philosophy. Topics include: paradoxes and contradictions of human nature and human condition; radical freedom commitment and responsibility; existential anxiety meaninglessness and the rejection of God; authenticity and self-deception; individuality and community. Philosophers to be discussed will include Kierkegaard Nietzsche Sartre Camus Dostoevsky and Heidegger. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every other year.

Prerequisites:

One course in Philosophy or Instructor's consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This class will focus on the general role that law plays in public life. Instead of studying what the current laws are the class emphasizes the challenges in analyzing interpreting and constructing law. Among the most important questions will be how we should evaluate or reform existing legal systems. Readings may include formative cases recent legal studies and classic texts by figures such as Grotius Bentham Holmes Hart and Dworkin. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every other year.

Prerequisites:

One course in Philosophy or Instructor's consent. CAS Honors students only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This class will focus on the general role that law plays in public life. Instead of studying what the current laws are the class emphasizes the challenges in analyzing interpreting and constructing law. Among the most important questions will be how we should evaluate or reform existing legal systems. Readings may include formative cases recent legal studies and classic texts by figures such as Grotius Bentham Holmes Hart and Dworkin. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every other year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, PHIL-123, PHIL-127 or PHIL-120

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course will address in depth one or more specific issues in applied ethics. Topics will vary and may range from applied issues in political thought such as just war theory or transitional justice to specific questions in professional ethics or social policy such as end-of-life care economic justice or the role of technology in the human future. Prerequisite: PHIL 119 or 123 or 127. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every other year.

Prerequisites:

One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course explores indigenous African systems of thought modern academic African philosophy African social and political theory and contemporary debates centered on questions of identity modernity essentialism and historicity within the African context. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every third year. C b

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, PHIL-123, PHIL-127 or PHIL-120

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of the moral issues involved in the interaction of humans with their natural environment. Topics include: the environmental crisis human-centered vs. nature-centered ethics intrinsic value in nature obligations to future generations the importance of preserving endangered species and wilderness radical ecology eco-feminism and the role of social justice in environmental issues. Prerequisite: PHIL 119 or 123 or 127. 1 term -4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, or PHIL-123, or PHIL-127.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of the moral problems facing health-care practitioners their patients and others involved with the practice of medicine in today's society. Issues include euthanasia the ethics of medical experimentation the use of reproductive technologies genetic counseling and genetic engineering truth-telling and confidentiality in doctor-patient relationships the cost and availability of medical care. Normally offered every third year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-120

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Students in this course will serve as interns in a program-approved position with a service provider professional organization government agency or non-governmental organization whose work is relevant to the PPE major. A faculty mentor will meet with students regularly to develop individually designed programs of readings and to discuss this material and its relation to the internship experience. In addition to the substantial time commitment to the internship course requirements will usually include a weekly journal and a research project.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's Consent

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This seminar will analyze and explore the universal human rights concept -- the idea that all human beings by virtue of their humanity alone have human rights that should be recognized by all nations. It will explore the concept's meaning; its theoretical underpinnings critiques and defenses; and the kinds of specific rights suggested by the concept. The course will also provide an introduction to existing human rights law. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 term - 4 credits.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A detailed exposition and evaluation of a specific topic or of the views of one major philosophical thinker or group of thinkers. Readings from both primary and secondary sources.

Prerequisites:

CAS Honors student only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A detailed exposition and evaluation of a specific topic or of the views of one major philosophical thinker or group of thinkers. Readings from both primary and secondary sources.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-210 or consent of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A detailed study of Platonic texts and issues. Works studied will vary but will often include dialogues such as the Apology Euthyphro Phaedo Republic and Symposium. Themes may include among others: the nature of philosophy and its relation to society; the dialogue form and the character of Socrates; the difference between truth and opinion; the meaning of virtue; justice and the ideal regime; the theory of forms and the nature of reality; love death and transcendence. Prerequisite: PHIL 210 or consent of instructor. 1 term ? 4 credits. Normally offered every third year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-212 or consent of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this course students will put to work the logical theory developed in Formal Logic (Phil 212). In particular students will use First-Order Logic to investigate computability and computation theory. Goedel's First and Second Incompleteness Theorems are a particular focus in the course. Prerequisite: PHIL 212 or consent of instructor. 1 term -4 credits. Normally offered alternate years.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A study of the nineteenth-century Russian novelist Feodor Dostoevsky and his contribution to world philosophy and literature. Dostoevsky's stories which weave together philosophical reflections unique personalities and gripping plots earned the author numerous superlative titles. Dostoevsky has been praised as a literary genius a prophetic political thinker a keen psychologist and an expert on human condition. His work inspired generations of intellectuals among them prominent European thinkers: Nietzsche Freud Heidegger Sartre Camus Hesse and many others. In addition to a detailed study of Dostoevsky's writings the course explores the socio-political literary and intellectual contexts in which he developed as a thinker introducing students to both his opponents and admirers.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An interdisciplinary course examining the idea of law and its function in human society with a special focus on issues of violence war peace and justice. The course will examine law as it represented enacted and discussed in various literary and philosophical writings from the ancient world to the present to include various Biblical texts Sophocles's Antigone Aeschylus's Oresteia Plato's Apology Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Melville's Billy Budd Toni Morrison's Beloved among many others.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, PHIL-123, PHIL-127 or PHIL-120 and consent of instructor

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students in this course will serve as interns in a department-approved position with a service provider professional organization government agency or non-governmental organization whose work is relevant to issues in applied ethics. A faculty mentor will meet with students regularly to develop individually designed programs of readings and to discuss this material and its relation to the internship experience. In addition to the substantial time commitment to the internship course requirements will usually include a journal and a research project. PHIL 119 or 123 or 127 and consent of instructor. 1 term -4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-210 and PHIL-211 and consent of instructor.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This is a required course for all students in the major to be taken in the Spring Semester of their senior year. Students will prepare a portfolio of their previous coursework collaborate with the faculty symposium leader on a selection of texts to read in common with other seniors and prepare one paper for delivery at the Senior Symposium usually held in late April. Students seeking Honors in Philosophy must take this course to complete the senior thesis. PHIL 210 and 211 and consent of instructor. 1 term - 1 credit. Normally offered Spring Semester every year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-210 and PHIL-211 and consent of instructor.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Students meet with a department member to pursue advanced studies in areas of particular interest to them.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-210 and PHIL-211 and consent of instructor.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Students meet with a department member to pursue advanced studies in areas of particular interest to them.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-210 or PHIL-211 and consent of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students with sufficient background in philosophy and a special interest in areas of philosophy which cannot be covered in regularly offered courses will be guided by senior members of the Department. Students working on Honors in Philosophy must take this course in the first semester of their senior year to prepare a thesis proposal. PHIL 210 or PHIL 211 and consent of instructor. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

Take PHIL-210 and PHIL-211; Instructor consent required; CAS Honors

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This is a required course for all Honors Program students in the major to be taken in the Spring Semester of their senior year. Students will prepare a portfolio of their previous coursework collaborate with the faculty symposium leader on a selection of texts to read in common with other seniors and prepare one paper for delivery at the Senior Symposium usually held in late April. Students seeking Honors in Philosophy must take this course to complete the senior thesis. Normally offered Spring Semester every year.