PHI 2000 ETHICS BOWL (1 credit)
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
PHI 2110 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (3 credits)
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).
Offered: fall and spring
PHI 2130 ARGUMENT AND INFERENCE (3 credits)
This course offers a practical introduction to inductive logic that can be applied to the sciences, criminal investigation, medical reasoning, reasoning in business, and reasoning in everyday life. Topics covered include basic methods of induction, inference to the best explanation, Mill ̓s methods, and basic probability theory.
PHI 2200 MORAL PHILOSOPHY AND CONTEMPORARY ETHICAL PROBLEMS (3 credits)
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.
Offered: spring (even years)
PHI 3010 HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY (3 credits)
Survey of the history of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the contemporary period.
Offered: fall (odd years)
PHI 3200 BUSINESS ETHICS (3 credits)
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.
Cross-listed: BUS 3200
Offered: fall and spring
PHI 3300 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (3 credits)
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.
Offered: fall (even years)
PHI 3350 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce you to the field of environmental ethics in both theoretical and practical ways. We will cover various theories of how human beings should interact with the environment and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. We will also cover the major issues in environmental ethics. Exercises will include both the traditional papers as well as group exercises and practical exercises that allow you to interact directly with environmental issues in concrete ways. I hope that through this class you will gain a better understanding of the fragility of the environment and ways you can help preserve it.
PHI 3400 MEDICAL ETHICS (3 credits)
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.
PHI 3600 THE MEANING OF DEATH (3 credits)
A humanistic study of death, including discussions about the experience of dying as well as philosophical, religious, and artistic understandings of death and dying. Readings include such diverse works as Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Illich, Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death, C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed, paintings by Edvard Munch, and musical works about death.
Cross-listed: REL 3600
PHI 4200 ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 credits)
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
PHI 4850 SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY (3 credits)
Significant works, problems, and thinkers in the field of philosophy. Can be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: permission of the department chair.
Cross-listed: REL 4850 as applicable
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.
Prerequisite: approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by Provost. Credit to be determined.