Philosophy Course Descriptions

Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

PHIL 110C Introduction to Philosophy 3-0-3
This course is an introduction to the methods, problems, and theories of the main branches of philosophy and the indestructible questions raised in regard to reality, truth, morality, power, meaning, purpose, and valid reasoning. Topics to be considered include the basis for beliefs concerning the nature and existence of God, experience and reason in the development of knowledge, the mind and its place in nature, freedom and determinism, and the basis and nature of morality.

Special topics courses listed under PHIL 226C Special Topics in Philosophy
Courses under this heading will provide the opportunity to focus on topical issues in the field of philosophy and will be presented with an interdisciplinary approach. Faculty present material not normally covered in regular course offerings.

PHIL 226AC Comparative World Religions 3-0-3
This course examines major "questions" or "issues" addressed by religion in general. It also examines major representative systems of religious beliefs including the practices, historical development, and sociological development and context. The religious systems will be analyzed via specific doctrines and writings of each. Different aspects of religious beliefs and practice such as the Absolute, the Human Problem, the Human Solution, Rituals, and the Meaning of History, Life after Death, Community and Ethics, and Attitudes Toward other Religions will be explored.

PHIL 242C Contemporary Ethical Issues 3-0-3
This course is a philosophical examination of major contemporary ethical issues. Topics may include biomedical ethics, business ethics, environmental ethics, human sexuality, and ethics related to life and death decisions. The emphasis is on acquiring the philosophical skills necessary to guide self and others in the process of ethical decision making. Cases are used for study and discussion. Available in honors format.

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