Philosophy

PHIL 004: Belief, Knowledge, and Action: An Introduction to Philosophy
4 credits – CRN 41975
Through reading selected texts in philosophy, from the ancient period to the modern Enlightenment and Romantic reaction, we shall introduce ourselves to some of the central epistemological, ontological, ethical, and socio-political positions developed in relation to their historical and material contexts. A unifying theme thus will be the emergence and evolution of rational thought and its relation to belief, knowledge, and action. Course not open to seniors.
Attribute/Distribution: HU
 
PHIL 006: Conduct and Character: An Introduction to Philosophy
4 credits – CRN 42721
How should we live our lives? How should we act? What kinds of persons should we be? What should we care about? These are among the central questions of philosophy because they are among the most central questions of human existence. This explores answers that have been proposed by thinkers throughout history and across cultures. Course not open to seniors.
Attribute/Distribution: HU
 
PHIL 007: Emerson, Thoreau, and Beyond: An Introduction to Philosophy
4 credits – CRN 44506
The literary power of Emerson and Thoreau, of Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller and Walt Whitman, is widely recognized, but their philosophical vocation is still repressed. This introduction to philosophy will be through the doors offered by these American authors and their impact on other prominent thinkers. Course not open to seniors.
Attribute/Distribution: HU
 
PHIL 095: Is God Dead? Past, Present, Future 
4 credits – CRN 44660
Is God Dead? Some people think so. Do you? Come decide for yourself. This course looks at the idea of god in Western philosophy and theology, with particular attention to death of god movement(s), and the changing shape of these movements in light of culture wars and identity politics. The course surveys key thinkers to ask questions about the origins, functions, and future of god and gods in the contemporary world. Posed as an ongoing question-Is god dead?-the course is for anyone interested in the idea of god past, present, future.
Attribute/Distribution: HU