Philosophy Courses

Philosophy Courses

PHI 2000 ETHICS BOWL (1 s.h.)

This course will cover moral theories, including fairness, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, common good, and Kantian deontology. Students will not only learn these theories, but apply them to a selection of morally ambiguous case studies. Past cases have concerned business ethics, education, and technology. Students will have the opportunity to join the MU Ethics Bowl team at the annual NCICU State Ethics Bowl tournament. May be repeated for credit as the case studies change every term.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall


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).

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall and spring


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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: spring


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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: spring (even 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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall (odd 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, whistle blowing, environmental issues, and privacy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of the virtues in business practice.

Prerequisite: none
Cross-listed: BUS 3200
Offered: fall and spring


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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall (even 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.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: fall


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; and the limits of scientific explanation.

Prerequisite: none
Offered: spring (odd 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.
Cross-listed: JUS 4200
Offered: fall

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