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Courses

Spring 2015

 

PHIL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy, MWF 10:00  T. Ammon
We will examine in detail 15-16 prominent Philosophical questions such as What is identity? What is knowledge? Does God exist? What is justice? and many others. The text is entitled Twenty Questions.  

PHIL 2110  Biomedical Ethics, TTh 10:00  P. Hopkins
An introduction to issues in medicine and biotechnology such as the definition of death and disease, the definition of personhood, abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, reproductive technology, patients’ rights, human and animal research, organ transplants, cloning, biotechnological enhancement, and health care rights.

PHIL 2220 / ENGL 2440  Philosophy and Literature, MW 1:00  T. Ammon
We will read carefully mostly 20th Century literature  and ask questions such as: What is Literature? How does it differ from Philosophy? What is fiction? What is truth? What are rhetorical strategies in the language of violence and control. We will also review films made of several of the assigned works. Authors possibly include: Samuel Beckett, Flannery O'Connor, Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, Virginia Woolf, Walter Abish, Jorge Luis Borges.

PHIL 2240  Philosophy of Violence, MWF 9:00  K. Golden
This course looks at issues of violence that have traditionally been hard for people to pay attention to because of their horrific nature. We focus on the politics and physiology of torture, the machines and structures of war, the inflammatory and funny (YES:  funny) writings of sexual deviant Sade, and the forgotten history of what is today called “trauma.”  Two populations that emerge for our studies are male survivors with combat trauma and female survivors of rape and domestic abuse.
 
PHIL 2230  Philosophy of Happiness, MW 2:45  K. Golden
We all want happiness, and many think they know what it is. But classic philosophers and contemporary scientists continue to disagree about it. Just what is happiness? Is it an emotion? Or, is it the activity of a flourishing life of moderation? If it is an emotion does that mean a pleased serial killer is happy? If it is a life of moderation does that mean a prudent person who rarely feels joy, is happy? These are just a few of the questions we will ask in our inquiry into human happiness, the thematic focus of our class.

PHIL 2400 / RLST 2400  The Meaning of Work, MW 11:00 Th 9:00  S. Poe
Students in this course will have the opportunity to use religious and philosophical history as an entry into the exploration of work within the context of wider societies. We will explore the interdependence of systems of religion, economics, philosophical theories of justice, anthropologies, ecologies, and politics. We will read philosophical and economic authors like Adam Smith, J.S. Mill, Karl Marx, John Rawls, and Eva Feder Kittay, alongside Jewish, Christian, and Muslim authors like Joseph Telushkin, Karl Barth, and Ali Shari’ati. Students who take this course are eligible to minor in Faith and Work.

PHIL 3020  History of Philosophy II, TTh 1:00  T. Ammon
A consideration of the primary philosophers and philosophical ideas from Descartes to the 20th Century. No prerequisite.

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