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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 1012 -  Introduction to Philosophy: Relationship of the Individual to the World  (3 Credits)  

Introductory course in philosophy that focuses on some of the central questions of philosophy, including theories of reality and the nature of knowledge and its limits. The knowledge of these areas is essential to the student for informed participation in the resolution of contemporary problems in today's society. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Max hours: 3 Credits. GT: Course is approved by the Colorado Dept of Higher Education for statewide guaranteed transfer, GT-AH3

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Additional Information: Denver Core Requirement, Humanities; GT courses GT Pathways, GT-AH3, Arts Hum: Ways of Thinking.

PHIL 1020 -  Introduction to Ethical Reasoning  (3 Credits)  

Studies ethical problems and forms of ethical reasoning within the larger context of social and political philosophy. Specific ethical problems may be addressed, such as poverty, famine, abortion, punishment, animal rights, and environmental sustainability. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Max hours: 3 Credits. GT: Course is approved by the Colorado Dept of Higher Education for statewide guaranteed transfer, GT-AH3

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Additional Information: Denver Core Requirement, Humanities; GT courses GT Pathways, GT-AH3, Arts Hum: Ways of Thinking.

PHIL 1111 -  First Year Seminar  (3 Credits)  

Restriction: Restricted to Freshman level students. Term offered: Fall. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Freshman level students

PHIL 1700 -  Philosophy and the Arts  (3 Credits)  

Considers philosophical questions involved in the analysis and assessment of artistic expressions and of the objects with which the arts, including the literary arts, are concerned. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 2441 -  Logic, Language and Scientific Reasoning  (3 Credits)  

Intro course in argumentation, critical thinking and scientific reasoning. Covers rules of logical inference, informal fallacies, problem solving, and probabilistic reasoning. Enhances analytical and critical thinking skills tested on LSAT and MCAT, central to advancement in sciences, and broadly desired by employers. Max Hours: 3 Credits. Term offered: spring, summer, fall. GT: Course is approved by the Colorado Dept of Higher Education for statewide guaranteed transfer, GT-AH3.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Additional Information: Denver Core Requirement, Humanities; GT courses GT Pathways, GT-AH3, Arts Hum: Ways of Thinking.

PHIL 2510 -  Philosophy of Nature  (3 Credits)  

Critical comparison of different views of nature presupposed in science, art, religion, and environmental policy. Concepts of "natural" are examined in relation to such issues as animal rights, wilderness preservation, synthetic landscape, technology, pollution, and population control. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 2939 -  Internship  (1-3 Credits)  

Experiences involving application of specific, relevant concepts and skills in supervised employment situations. Prereq: 15 hours of 2.75 GPA. Repeatable. Max Hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

PHIL 3002 -  Ancient Greek Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

History of ancient Greek thought, including traditional myth, pre-Socratic fragments, Plato's dialogues, and Aristotle's systematic philosophy. Cross-listed with PHIL 5002. Term offered: fall, spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3010 -  Medieval Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

History of philosophy from Augustine through Scotus and Ockham, the 5th through the 14th centuries. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3022 -  Modern Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

History of philosophy from Descartes through Kant. Cross-listed with PHIL 5022. Term offered: spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3030 -  Philosophies of the Good Life & Happiness  (3 Credits)  

Examines concepts and theories of happiness and their application in everyday living as discussed by major philosophers since antiquity (e.g., Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche). Also considers critiques of Happiness (e.g., Freud, Schopenhauer). Recommended preparation: PHIL 1012 or PHIL 1020. Term offered: summer. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3032 -  Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

Surveys representative philosophers, methods, and problems in the 20th century analytic tradition. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3150 -  History of Ethics  (3 Credits)  

Surveys the ethical thought of major figures in the history of philosophy, beginning with Plato and ending with the 19th century. Examples: Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Mill. (Class readings of primary philosophical texts.) Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3200 -  Social and Political Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

Examines basic issues in social and political philosophy, including justice, freedom, individuality, power and community. Cross-listed with PHIL 5200. Term offered: spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3250 -  Business Ethics  (3 Credits)  

Surveys some of the major moral problems which arise in business, such as the nature and scope of the moral responsibilities of corporations, affirmative action, and truth in advertising. Begins with a study of moral reasoning, ethical theory, and the challenges of applying ethical theory. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3280 -  War and Morality  (3 Credits)  

Attempts to identify and analyze some of the major moral issues of war. When is a war just, when is it not? What are morally acceptable rules of engagement? What, if anything, justifies violating them? How does one evaluate terrorism and war against terrorism? What are moral alternatives to the violence of war? Term offered: fall. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3300 -  Special Topics in Philosophy  (1-3 Credits)  

Repeatable. Max Hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.

PHIL 3340 -  Investigating Nature: Introduction to the Philosophy of Science  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to introduce students to the Philosophy of Science. (No background in philosophy is required.) Philosophy of Science is concerned with how best to use observation and experiment to learn about the world, whether we are investigating fundamental physical structures, the complex operations of biological organisms, or the social dynamics of human groups. Drawing on both historical and contemporary works, we will seek to understand, among other topics, what makes scientific inquiry distinct from other forms of human learning, what accounts for the credibility and objectivity of scientific claims, the influence of psycho-social biases on observation and theory formation, as well as whether accepting a scientific theory, explanation or hypothesis means that we think it is true. Term offered: fall. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3350 -  Metaphysics  (3 Credits)  

Studies major theories of reality, including topics such as the nature of substance, space and time, and universals and particulars. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3360 -  Epistemology  (3 Credits)  

Study of major theories of knowledge, including such problems as perception and the distinction between belief and knowledge. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3410 -  Asian Philosophies and Religions  (3 Credits)  

We in the Western world encounter a vastly different world, a radically different "universe of meaning," when we examine the traditions of the East. Even what we tacitly assume to be "real" is claimed by the Hindus and Buddhists of India to be a grand illusion. The world of China is, again, very different from India. An examination of Tibetan and Japanese religious forms will conclude our study of Asian thought. Cross-listed with RLST 3410. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Additional Information: Denver Core Requirement, International Perspectives.

PHIL 3430 -  Environmental Ethics  (3 Credits)  

While human industry/technology creates enormous material prosperity, it can result in devastating environmental damage. This course analyzes the moral values, consequences and duties implied in relationships between human beings, animals and ecological systems, while seeking out new and ethical approaches. Cross-listed with PHIL 5430, HUMN 5430 and SSCI 5430. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3440 -  Introduction to Symbolic Logic  (3 Credits)  

Covers truth functional and quantificational logic through polyadic first order predicate calculus and theory of identity. Attention is given to such problems in metatheory as proofs of the completeness and consistency of systems of logic. Prereq: A passing grade in PHIL 2441 or MATH 3000 or permission from the instructor is required in order for students to enroll in this course. Cross-listed with MATH 3440. Term offered: spring. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Prereq: PHIL 2441 or MATH 3000

PHIL 3441 -  Philosophical Reasoning Skills  (3 Credits)  

This course provides Philosophy majors and other philosophically interested students with the skills and tools necessary for effectively navigating philosophical discussions. In this course we will cover issues such as validity and soundness, as well as several systems useful for demonstrating validity. The course will in addition address important issues in the philosophy of language, including the very important question of definitions, as well as the use of thought experiments and avoidance of informal fallacies. Finally, since philosophical reasoning increasingly involves knowledge of the methods of scientific reasoning, those skills will also be included in the course. Cross-listed with PHIL 5441. Term offered: spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Typically Offered: Spring.

PHIL 3500 -  Ideology and Culture: Racism and Sexism  (3 Credits)  

Surveys the nature and role of racism and sexism. Topics may include ideology theory, naturalism, the equal protection clause, recent scientific discussion, sociolegal history, and social constructionism. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Additional Information: Denver Core Requirement, Cultural Diversity.

PHIL 3550 -  Philosophy of Death and Dying  (3 Credits)  

Historical overview of the metaphysical question of whether there is life after bodily death, beginning with classical arguments through the current debate over such phenomena as near death experiences and deathbed visions. Also focuses on ethical controversies such as suicide, euthanasia, and capital punishment, and the efficacy of philosophical consolations for grief. Strongly Recommended: Three hours of philosophy; preferably PHIL 1012 but if the student does not have coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Term offered: fall. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3656 -  Contemporary Religious Ethics: Jewish and Christian Traditions  (3 Credits)  

Historical and thematic introduction to ethics in Judaism, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. A study of selected ethical issues: bio-medical, social justice, sexuality, economic justice, business and personal ethics. Strongly Recommended: English Composition, Intro to Philosophy, World Religions, World History or junior status. If the student does not have coursework or standing, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Additional Information: Teikyo.

PHIL 3760 -  Kant  (3 Credits)  

A close study of Immanuel Kant's revolutionary thought, focusing on Kant's ontology, epistemology, and ethical theory, as they are articulated in his Critique of Pure Reason and Critique of Practical Reason. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5830. Term offered: fall. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3840 -  Independent Study  (1-3 Credits)  

Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the CLAS undergraduate advising office for approval. Repeatable. Max Hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.

PHIL 3939 -  Internship  (1-3 Credits)  

Designed experiences involving application of specific, relevant concepts and skills in supervised employment situations. Prereq: Students must have junior standing and at least a 2.75 GPA and must work with Experiential Learning Center advising to complete a course contract and gain approval. Repeatable. Max Hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

Prereq: Junior standing or higher and at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA

PHIL 3981 -  Chinese Philosophy and Culture  (3 Credits)  

China is a fascinating world with its own characteristic orientation to philosophical questions. Chinese thinkers produced the "Flowering of a Hundred Schools of Thought" in the Axial Age, the same period of time in which philosophy was coming to birth in ancient Greece. Covers some of the Chinese schools, including Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism, Legalis, Chinese "logic," and the later schools of schools of Neo-Confucianism, Neo-Taoism and Chinese Buddhism. Cross-listed with RLST 3660. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 3995 -  Global Study Topics  (1-9 Credits)  

This course is reserved for CU Denver faculty-led study abroad experiences. The course topic will vary based on the location and course content. Students register through the Office of Global Education. Department consent required. Repeatable. Max Hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

PHIL 4000 -  19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

A seminar on key problems and thinkers in the nineteenth & twentieth century continental philosophical traditions and their contemporary significance. Cross-listed with PHIL 5000, HUMN 5000 and SSCI 5000. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4040 -  Skepticism  (3 Credits)  

Considers various forms of skepticism in the history of philosophy, as well as the ways that philosophers have responded to skepticism, especially in theories of belief. Note: PHIL 3002 or 3022 and a minimum grade of C in each previous philosophy course are strongly recommended, but if the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5040. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4101 -  Pragmatism: Classical American Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

The most significant philosophical tradition born in the United States is pragmatism. Examines several of the most important classical works of this tradition, the influence of thinkers who have helped to shape pragmatism, and the contemporary relevance of this tradition. Figures who may be included are: Emerson, Pierce, Royce, James, Dewey, Mead and Rorty. Prereq: PHIL 3002 or 3022 and a minimum grade of C in each previous philosophy course are strongly recommended, but if the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5101, HUMN 5101, SSCI 5101. Term offered: fall. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4150 -  Twentieth Century Ethics  (3 Credits)  

Surveys representative philosophers, methods, and/or problems in 20th century ethics. Prereq: PHIL 3002 or 3022 and a minimum grade of C in each previous philosophy course are strongly recommended, but if the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4200 -  Philosophical Problems and Contemporary Culture  (3 Credits)  

Issues and controversies in contemporary culture, their relation to modern theories of society, and their manifestations in the arts, science and technology, education, religion and ethics. Prereq: PHIL 3002 or 3022, and a minimum grade of C in each previous philosophy course are strongly recommended, but if the student does not have coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4220 -  Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to major theories of aesthetics and contemporary discussions of problems in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, including topics such as: the nature of art, interpretation and evaluation in art. Cross-listed with PHIL 5220 and HUMN 5220. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4230 -  Postmodernism  (3 Credits)  

Traces the history of a set of ideas collectively known as postmodern. Disrupting traditional frameworks of knowledge, these concepts have had an enormous impact on the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. Course readings expose students to the cross-disciplinary impact of postmodernism on theory, content, and method. Prereq: Upper division standing, PHIL 3002 or 3022 and a minimum grade of C in each previous philosophy course are strongly recommended, but if the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4242 -  Bioethics  (3 Credits)  

Examines some of the major moral issues confronting the nation's health care system. The class will search for solutions to such problems as financing health care for those unable to do so on their own, determining the extent of a patient's right to both refuse and demand certain types of medical treatment, and allocating scarce medical resources such as lifesaving vital organs. The springboard for examining these issues will be the doctor or patient relationship framed by the moral principles of respect for persons and beneficence. Prereq: PHIL 3002 or 3022 and a minimum grade of C in each previous philosophy course are strongly recommended, but if the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5242, SSCI 5242, HUMN 5242. Term offered: fall. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4260 -  Philosophy of Law  (3 Credits)  

Surveys theoretical positions on the nature of law, with particular emphasis on American law. Prereq: PHIL 3002 or 3022 and a minimum grade of C in each previous philosophy course are strongly recommended, but if the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5260. Term offered: fall. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4270 -  Philosophy of History  (3 Credits)  

Examines critical and speculative theories of history, including the problems of methodology, explanation, values, and the relationship between history and social philosophy. Prereq: PHIL 3002 or 3022 and a minimum grade of C in each previous philosophy course are strongly recommended, but if the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4300 -  Philosophy of Mind  (3 Credits)  

Consideration of the problems in the philosophy of mind, such as the mind-body problem, the problem of our knowledge of other minds, the compatibility of free will and determinism, and discussion of such concepts as action, intention, motive, desire, enjoyment, memory, imagination, dreaming and self-knowledge. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5300. Term offered: fall. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4308 -  Contemporary Feminist Thought  (3 Credits)  

This course explores contemporary feminist thought in philosophy and literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Topics include lesbianism, black feminism, Chicana feminism, transgender identity, women and work and others. Cross-listed with ENGL 4308, ENGL 5308, PHIL 5308, WGST 4308, WGST 5308. Term offered: fall. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4350 -  Philosophy of Science  (3 Credits)  

This course examines some of the central philosophical questions concerning the nature of scientific investigation, such as the logical relation of evidence to hypothesis, the objective adjudication of competing hypotheses, the logical function of modeling in empirical inquiry, the criterion for a classificatory system to underwrite induction and explanation, the explanatory relationships between the differing sciences, as well as the theoretical and pragmatic function of scientific law and its relationship to explanation. Cross-listed with PHIL 5350. Term offered: spring. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4360 -  American Legal Process  (3 Credits)  

Introduces students to basic issues in American jurisprudence as well as to the elements and dynamics of the modern American legal system. Cross-listed with PHIL 5360. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4450 -  Punishment and Social Justice  (3 Credits)  

We will use the critical tools of philosophy to think about how contemporary practices of punishment are justified, how they shape the world we live in and what alternative normative frameworks might be. Cross-listed with PHIL 5450. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4460 -  Theories of Human Nature  (3 Credits)  

Consideration of such problems as the changeability and definability of human nature, and the possibility of a science of human nature. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4470 -  Concepts of the Soul  (3 Credits)  

Asks the questions: What is the nature of the human being? What makes us "human?" Do humans have a "soul?" What is its nature? Is it different from the "spirit?" What is its ultimate fate? Examines the various theories put forward by philosophers of both Eastern and Western traditions. Cross-listed with PHIL 5470 and RLST 4440, 5440. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4480 -  Perspectives on Good and Evil  (3 Credits)  

Examines "problem of evil" as formulated in the philosophical tradition. Presents classical formulation of the problem, traditional solutions & classical critiques of each answer. Considers perspectives of various religious orientations, which deal differently with the question of suffering. Cross-listed with PHIL 5480, RLST 4480/5480. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4500 -  Feminist Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

Seminar on key debates & figures in historical & contemporary feminist philosophy. Topics may include: rights, embodiment, gender, sexuality, race, reason, & violence. Figures may include: Wollstonecraft, Stanton, Beauvoir, Judith Butler, and bell hooks. Crosslisted with PHIL 5500, WGST 4500 & 5500.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4600 -  Philosophy of Religion  (3 Credits)  

Nature of religion and methods of studying it. Cross-listed with HUMN 5600, PHIL 5600, RLST 4060, 5060, and SSCI 5600. Term offered: summer. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4700 -  Seminar in a Major Philosopher  (3 Credits)  

The major philosophical texts of one philosopher is studied in this course. Philosophers to be studied are major figures in the history of philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant and Hume. Note: May be taken for credit more than once. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Repeatable. Max hours: 15 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 15.

PHIL 4720 -  Eastern Religious Thought  (3 Credits)  

Parallels the course in Western religious thought. The great religious traditions of the East, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, are examined as they are presented in the writings of key philosophical representatives of each tradition. Cross-listed with RLST 4080. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4730 -  Philosophy and Literature  (3 Credits)  

Considers the philosophical dimensions of literature. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, and a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5730, ENGL 4735 and 5735. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4735 -  Rationalism  (3 Credits)  

Addresses the fundamental questions of truth and reality through natural reason. Topics vary and may include metaphysics and the rise of modern science; women and the enlightenment; historical problems and linguistic analysis. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5735. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4740 -  Empiricism  (3 Credits)  

Considers the nature and importance of experience. Focuses on British Empiricism, but additional themes which vary may include: American pragmatism, logical positivism, scientific empiricism, phenomenology of experience. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5740. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4750 -  Introduction to Phenomenology  (3 Credits)  

Examines the contribution of phenomenology to selected topics in the theory of meaning, philosophy of mind, ontology, and epistemology, through a study of such philosophers as Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre and Merleau-Ponty. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5750. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4755 -  Philosophical Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Explores debates about psyche and body, mind and world, self and others, and consciousness and nature. Examines the philosophical questions related to those debates that arise within theories of perception, affect and cognition offered by influential psychological models. Cross-listed with HUMN 5750, SSCI 5750 and PHIL 5755. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4770 -  Hegel  (3 Credits)  

A systematic study of the thought of G.W.F. Hegel through his most important and influential works: The Phenomenology of Spirit; The Encyclopedia of Philosophical Sciences; The Science of Logic; Lectures on the Philosophy of History; and his lectures on the history of philosophy, art and religion. Focus of the course varies. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5770. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4780 -  Heidegger  (3 Credits)  

Studies the thought of Martin Heidegger, one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. Includes texts from both Heidegger's early and later periods, and focuses on his analyses of human subjectivity and being. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5780. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4790 -  Nietzsche  (3 Credits)  

A close study of Nietzsche's philosophical writings, with attention to his significance for philosophy in the 20th century and beyond. Cross-listed with PHIL 5790. Term offered: spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4795 -  Marx and Marxism  (3 Credits)  

A close study of the most influential works of Karl Marx and subsequent theorists who provide either an influential interpretation of the works of Marx or contribute to an innovative application or elaboration of the basic tenets of Marxism. Cross-listed with PHIL 5795. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4800 -  Plato  (3 Credits)  

A careful study of Plato's writings, emphasizing the dialogue form, and discussion of Plato's significance for the history of ethics, political theory, psychology, metaphysics and epistemology. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended.Cross-listed with PHIL 5800. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4810 -  Aristotle  (3 Credits)  

Examines Aristotle's systematic philosophy and discusses its contributions to logic, epistemology, physics, psychology, metaphysics, ethics and political theory. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5810. Term offered: spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4812 -  Special Topics in Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Repeatable. Max hours: 15 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 15.

PHIL 4820 -  Hume  (3 Credits)  

Considers the work of eighteenth century philosopher David Hume. Emphasis on unity of Hume's thought. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5820. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4833 -  Existentialism  (3 Credits)  

Examines one of the most influential movements in recent European thought, beginning with existentialism's 19th century roots, and continuing on to the existentialist philosophers of the 20th century. Figures covered may include Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and de Beauvoir. Strongly Recommended: PHIL 3002 or 3022, a minimum grade of "C" in each previous philosophy course. If the student does not have this coursework, consulting with the instructor prior to registration is strongly recommended. Cross-listed with PHIL 5833, HUMN 5833 and SSCI 5833. Term offered: spring. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4840 -  Independent Study: PHIL  (1-3 Credits)  

Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the CLAS undergraduate advising office for approval. Repeatable. Max Hours: 12 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 12.

PHIL 4880 -  Directed Research  (1-6 Credits)  

Students will engage in original research projects supervised and mentored by faculty. Students must work with faculty prior to registration to develop a proposal for their project and receive permission to take this course. Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the CLAS undergraduate advising office for approval. Repeatable. Max Hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.

PHIL 4900 -  John Dewey  (3 Credits)  

John Dewey was one of the most important of the American philosophers and public intellectuals of the twentieth century. Topics may include Dewey's philosophical naturalism, pragmatist epistemology, process metaphysics and philosophies of experience, aesthetics, religion, technology and democracy. Cross-listed with PHIL 5900. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4920 -  Philosophy of Media and Technology  (3 Credits)  

A philosophical examination of interrelationships between contemporary media, technology, and their impacts upon character of contemporary life and values. Topics may include ethics, epistemology, democracy, advertising, media literacy and criticism. Cross-listed with PHIL 5920, HUMN 5920, SSCI 5920. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4933 -  Philosophy of Eros  (3 Credits)  

What does it mean to understand philosophy as an erotic activity? This question will be examined, first by studying Plato's dialogues-such as Lysis, Symposium and Republic-and then by reading texts from Sigmund Freud, Michael Foucault and others. Cross-listed with PHIL 5933, WGST 4933/5933, SSCI 5933 and HUMN 5933. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

PHIL 4950 -  Honors Thesis  (3-6 Credits)  

Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the CLAS undergraduate advising office for approval. Repeatable. Max hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.

Additional Information: Report as Full Time.

PHIL 4980 -  Special Topics in Philosophy  (1-3 Credits)  

Repeatable. Max Hours: 15 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 15.