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Course Description
PHIL212 CORE: THE LIFE OF REASON. An introduction to the basic problems of philosophy. What is it all about? What can we know? What does it mean to be human? What is the good life? What is the best kind of community? Students are encouraged to develop their reasoning skills in order to discover answers to these questions.
3 credits

PHIL 241 LOGIC. The opportunity to acquire the logical tools for coming to rational conclusions and making responsible choices. Both formal and informal logic will be
considered with practical applications in the modern world, including reasoning in law, science, medicine, art, business and ethics.      
 3 credits

PHIL 302 PHILOSOPHY OF THE PERSON. An investigation into the basic questions about human nature, such as “What does it mean to be human?” and “What
are people for?” The answers offered by philosophers will be compared with the ideas presented in contemporary media, theatre and literature. (WE)  
 3 credits

PHIL 314 ETHICS. An examination of the questions pertaining to human conduct and
happiness: ‘What should I do?” ‘What is good?” ‘What is evil?” ‘What is freedom?”
‘What is happiness?” Various philosophical positions will provide insight for the
students to examine their own moral code. (WE)
3 credits

PHIL319 AESTHETICS. An investigation into the nature of art, the claims art makes,
and how art is different from other pursuits. The major arts will be explored not only
from a spectator position, but from the perspective of the artist as well. (WE)
3 credits

PHIL 326 THOUGHT AND CULTURE. An analysis of the world we live in as reflected in the ideas, myths, and symbols that surround us. The focus will be on
questions that reveal conflicts deep within the culture. For example: ‘Why is there so much violence?” ‘What does technology really do for us and to us?” “How did ‘the
environment’ become a problem?” “Is the family relevant anymore?” (WE)
3 credits

PHIL 330 AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY. The exploration of the cultural history of America as revealed in philosophical thought. The works of several philosophers will be
examined in an effort to understand the ideas that have shaped our country. (WE)
3 credits

PHIL 334 EXISTENTIALISM. The study of existentialist themes including: the individual, freedom and choice, the role of extreme experiences, and the nature of
communication. The ideas of several philosophers will be studied with the personal and social implications of their ideas. (WE).     
3 credits

PHIL 370, 470 TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY. This course offers an in-depth philosophical investigation of contemporary issues. Students will be offered the
opportunity to explore and analyze issues critically and within a moral framework when appropriate. They will be encouraged to propose thoughtful solutions to problems and
to empower themselves to have the courage of their convictions. (WE)
3 credits

PHIL 412 DIALOGUES WITH GREAT THINKERS. The historical background and ideas of one or more major philosophers will be examined. The philosophers to be studied will be specified at the time of registration. Students are welcome to suggest philosophers and topics of interest to them. (WE)  
3 credits

PHIL 460,461 INDEPENDENT STUDY (WE).    3 credits

See also the section on Integrated Courses for  philosophy oriented courses:  THE HUMAN CONDITION , ALTERNATIVE FUTURES, ETHICS IN HEALTH CARE, BUSINESS ETHICS, AND
THE HUDSON RIVER.