Philosophy Courses

Philosophy Courses

PHI 2110 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (3 s.h.)

Socrates claimed that the “unexamined life is not worth living.” This course examines a life worth living by critically struggling with some of life’s most intractable philosophical problems: what is the world like (metaphysics), how do we know what we know (epistemology), and what are the implications of all this for how we should act in the world (ethics). This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

PHI 2120 SYMBOLIC LOGIC (3 s.h.)

This course is an introduction to basic deductive logic. Topics covered include symbolization, truth tables, and proofs in both propositional and predicate logic. Some modal logic may also be covered. This class is offered every spring semester.

PHI 2200 MORAL PHILOSOPHY AND CONTEMPORARY ETHICAL PROBLEMS (3 s.h.)

Ethical theory (moral philosophy) with emphasis on the tools of ethical decision-making and application to contemporary issues (e.g., abortion, euthanasia, war, capital punishment, medical ethics). Recommended for all students preparing for the helping professions. This course is offered in the spring semester, even-numbered years.

PHI 3010 HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY (3 s.h.)

Survey of the history of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the contemporary period. This course is offered in the fall semester, odd-numbered years.

PHI 3200 BUSINESS ETHICS (3 s.h.)

After a brief consideration of ethical theory, this course will examine selected ethical issues which arise from business, such as corporate responsibility, whistleblowing, environmental issues, and privacy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of the virtues in business practice. This course is offered in the spring semester, odd-numbered years. Cross listed as BUS 3200.

PHI 3300 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (3 s.h.)

Philosophical examination of religion; topics include arguments for the existence of God, the nature and reliability of religious experience, the problem of evil, the nature and attributes of God, the meaning of religious language, and life after death. This course is offered in the fall semester, even-numbered years.

PHI 3400 MEDICAL ETHICS (3 s.h.)

After a brief consideration of ethical theory, this course will examine selected ethical issues raised by clinical practice, medical theories, and biomedical research and technologies. This course does not meet the medical ethics requirement for the Methodist University Physician Assistant Program. This course is offered every fall semester.

PHI 3500 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (3 s.h.)

A philosophical examination of such topics as scientific explanation; hypothesis formation and confirmation; paradigms, laws, and theories; models and the status of unobservable entities; holism and reductionism; science and values; the nature and scope of scientific progress; the limits of scientific explanation. This course is offered in the spring semester, odd-numbered years.

PHI 4200 ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 s.h.)

A study of the basic concepts, arguments, and methods of ethics as they apply to those who work in the field of criminal justice. Students will be introduced to the classic theories of normative ethics. Emphasis is placed on the case study approach and ethical decision-making. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every fall semester. Cross listed as JUS 4200.

PHI 4850 SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY (3 s.h.)

Significant works, problems, and thinkers in the field of philosophy. Can be repeated for credit. Cross listed with REL 4850 as applicable. Prerequisite: permission of the department chair. This course is offered as needed.

PHI 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHILOSOPHY (TBA)

An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.

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