This course explores creativity, interpretation, expression, style, symbolism, evaluation, art, and society - all from the philosophical perspective. Students are exposed to a variety of approaches to the question "what is beauty?" The arts and everyday experiences are examined in an effort to answer the question about beauty, as well as the other questions such exploration raises. Prerequisite: ENG 102.
This course is an introduction to analysis of conduct, moral reasoning, and foundation of ethical values in a search for the ultimate meanings of human experience. The following specific problems are examined: life and death issues; human experimentation; sexuality; truth-telling in medicine; honesty in business; cheating and lying; stealing and reparation; egoism, obligation; and capital punishment.
PHIL203 - Existentialism
This course examines such questions as: "who am I?"; "what relationship(s) do I have with myself?, with others?, with the universe?" Readings are taken from Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Buber, Jaspers, Sartre, and others. The influence of existentialism on psychology, society, art, religion, and politics is explored. Prerequisite: ENG 102.
PHIL101 - Intro Philosophy
This course is an introduction to the basic problems of philosophy, such as the sources of knowledge, the relationship between mind and body, freedom as opposed to determinism, and the nature of values.
PHIL208 - Knowing & Reality
This course is a comparative analysis of eastern and western perception of reality in philosophy and literature, beginning with an historical overview of theories of knowledge and truth as well as the psychological factors in learning. Prerequisite: PHIL 101 and PSYC 101.
PHIL204 - Philosophies Of Love
This is an investigation of affectivity centering on different meanings of the emotion "love," including friendship, spirituality, ecstasy, and romance. The course is a philosophical inquiry into the person-as-sexed, freedom, choice, responsibility, object, subject, and authenticity. Readings are drawn from philosophy, history, psychology and literature. Prerequisite: ENG102
PHIL205 - Political & Social Philosophy
This course introduces students to the primary understandings of social and political justice. Theory will be related to practical and political problems. The notion of peace will also be addressed. We shall wonder about the nature of the state and mutual obligations between governors and the governed. What makes a government legitimate? What freedoms and controls are needed to make modern society work? How do we choose to structure the ways in which we live together? In other words, what does it mean to be a participatory member of a particular society or a citizen of a particular country? Select topics may include morality and human rights, status and treatment of women, hunger, poverty, and the environment. Prerequisite: ENG 102
PHIL104 - Sexual Ethics
This course is designed for students to develop an understanding of the principles of moral and ethical inquiry and their application in the formation of a sexual ethic. This inquiry will examine the role that religion has played in influencing public policy, personal decision-making and cultural understanding. We will look at ancient, as well as post-modern thought in the Jewish, Christian and Islamic heritages and explore the impact these ideologies have had in the development of sexual mores. Students will be challenged to reason and debate viewpoints which may or may not reflect their current experience as a means of broadening critical thinking. Students will discuss and debate sexual ethics as it relates to the values of happiness, freedom and responsibilities Focusing on specific area of inquiry including but not limited to: sexism and gender roles; pre-marital sex; sex work; dating rituals; homosexuality, monogamy and marriage; procreation and family; sexual abuse and battering; sexual ethical development amongst college students
PHIL106 - World Religions
This course provides an overview of the major religious traditions: Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Central themes from these traditions are studied through selected scriptures and texts of each tradition.