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Description of Courses

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PHI PHILOSOPHY (Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)

150. Introduction to Philosophy - 3-0-3
Significance of philosophy in human life, with introduction to major problems of philosophy.

152. Critical Thinking - 3-0-3
Development of basic skills necessary for participation in public discussion. Focus on recognition of semantic problems, common fallacies in reasoning and propaganda techniques. Development of strategies for effective and legitimate argumentation.

318. Ancient Political Philosophy - 3-0-3
(See GOV 318.) PR: GOV 211 or 217 or CI.

319. Modern Political Philosophy - 3-0-3
(See GOV 319.) PR: GOV 211 or 217 or CI.

350. Philosophy of Law - 3-0-3
Study of some major philosophical issues and problems related to law. Among the topics covered are natural law, rights, civil disobedience, privacy, justice, responsibility and punishment. PR: one course in PHI or CI.

351. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - 3-0-3
Study of major works of Western philosophy from the ancient Greeks through the later Middle Ages.PR:  one course in PHI or CI

352. Early Modern Philosophy - 3-0-3
Study of major works of Western philosophy from Descartes to Kant.  PR: one course in PHI or CI

353. Symbolic Logic - 3-0-3
Introduction to the methods and techniques of modern symbolic logic, including propositional logic, predicate logic and issues in the philosophy of logic.

355WI. Philosophy of Religion - 3-0-3
(See REL 355WI.) A variety of philosophical issues in religious thought, including religious symbolism, the existence of God and the immortality of the soul. PR: one course either in REL or PHI.

357. Later Modern Philosophy - 3-0-3
Study of developments in philosophy since Kant.  The course may focus on either continental or analytical philosophy. PR: PHI352 or CI

358. Bioethics - 3-0-3
(See REL 358.) Seminar focused primarily on ethical issues pertaining to human life such as abortion, euthanasia and new reproductive techniques. PR: one course in REL or PHI.

359WI. Environmental Ethics - 3-0-3
(See REL 359WI.) Seminar on the relationship between humanity and nonhuman nature. Discussion includes current biological, political and economic conditions, the role of technology and major philosophical perspectives. PR: one introductory course in REL or PHI.

425WI. Senior Thesis - 3 to 6 hours
(See REL 425WI.) Opportunity to propose, conduct and report a major piece of individual research in an area of special interest. PR: SS and major.

450. Advanced Philosophy Seminar - 3-0-3
Topical seminar on varying philosophical issues. May be repeated for credit with different topics. PR: Any 200-level or above PHI course.

498. Directed Study - 1 to 3 hours
Directed study and readings in an area of special interest. PR: SS, major or minor.

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