Course Outlines


Course Outlines

PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
Focuses on reflections on the nature and destiny of the human person as seen by different hilosophic traditions. Introduces philosophic method. Recommended as a preliminary course to other philosophic studies.

PHL 102 Introduction to Critical Thinking
Introduces elements of traditional and symbolic logic, relation to language and thought, and theory of meaning.

PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics Studies
the major writings of various ethical thinkers since the time of Plato. Introduces philosophic method. Recommended as a preliminary course to other philosophic studies.

PHL 202 Ethics for the Health Professional
Studies the Christian conception of the human person and the person’s obligations to others, especially in relation to modern ethical problems in health care.

PHL 302 Philosophy of Religion
Examines the arguments in the philosophy of religion: the justification of religious belief, the nature of God, proofs of God’s existence, the distinction between faith and reason, the problem of evil, immortality, and religious experience. Prerequisite: PHL 101 or PHL 103.

PHL 305 Symbolic Logic
Involves a concentrated study of the valid forms of deductive argument and proof in prepositional logic and in predicate logic; includes a study of formal systems and of logic and language. Prerequisite: PHL 102.

PHL 306 Philosophy of Knowledge: Epistemology
Studies the nature, basis, and extent of knowledge. Examines a number of problems - the structures, reliability, extent, and kinds of knowledge, truth, science, logic, and language. Prerequisite:PHL 102.

PHL 307 Inductive Logic and Scientific Method
Studies inductive logic, its justification, and application in the natural and social sciences; methods and rules of probability; observation and classification. Prerequisite: PHL 102.

PHL 310 Bio-Ethics
Examines and analyzes issues affecting human life from a variety of ethical and religious contexts. Includes discussion of problems such as the nature of personhood, rights of society, rights of a person, personal integrity, consent, and distributive justice. Prerequisites: PHL 101 or PHL 103; or THS 265.

PHL 315 Social and Political Philosophy
Examines the application of moral principles to the problems involved in freedom, justice, and equality. Places particular emphasis on the basis of social authority, exercise of power, and the criteria used to determine the distribution of power in society. Prerequisite: PHL 101 or PHL 103.

PHL 320 Philosophy of Art: Aesthetics
Studies beauty, especially in art. Examines the nature of beauty, taste, and standards of artistic judgment, not only in painting, but also in music, literature, sculpture, drama, and architecture. Raises one’s consciousness and heightens perceptions, making one aware of true personal needs and values. Suggested for students in fine arts/music. Prerequisite: PHL 101.

PHL 340 History of Philosophy I
Studies the origins of philosophy in ancient Greece through the Middle Ages. Includes Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas. Prerequisite: PHL 101 or PHL 103.

PHL 341 History of Philosophy II
Studies philosophy from Descartes through Kant and Hegel. Includes the study of continental rationalism, British empiricism, and German idealism. Prerequisite: PHL 101 or PHL 103.

PHL 405 Philosophy of Science: Natural and Social
Investigates the philosophical problems raised by the physical, biological, and social sciences by an examination of some significant examples taken from the history of science. Considers relation of theories to observation; scientific explanation; space and time; cause and chance; matter, life, and mind; experiment; the nature of scientific truth; and scientific revolution. Prerequisites: PHL 102 and one course at 300 or 400 level.

PHL 410 Philosophy of Being: Metaphysics
Examines the ultimate nature of reality; the general traits of existence; and terms, concepts, and symbols necessary to describe the nature of reality. Prerequisites: PHL 101 and one PHL course at 300 or 400 level.

PHL 425 Human Values and Mental Health
Examines the ethical-normative nature of the use of such terms as “disease,” “health,” “normality,” and “treatment” as they are applied in modern mental health care. Discusses how evaluation of practices in the mental health field will determine the ethical consequences of the moral standing, rights and quality of life of the mentally ill patient. Suggested for students pursuing careers (present or future) in the areas of psychology, nursing, social services, pastoral counseling, law and law enforcement, medicine, and social justice. Prerequisite: PHL 310 or PHL 315.

PHL 430 Business Ethics
Analyzes the social responsibility of business and the ethical problems involved. Examines case studies of specific business problems, including the conflict of business with society and the impact of labor on business and society. Cross listed with BUS 430.

PHL 440 Contemporary Philosophy
Studies major philosophical traditions since Hegel. Includes Marxism, pragmatism, phenomenology, existentialism, logical atomism, linguistic analysis, and positivism. Prerequisite: PHL 340 or PHL 341.

PHL 450 Seminars in Individual Philosophers
Examines an individual philosopher and his writings in detail. Choice made by seminar participants with the consent of the department chairperson and faculty. Prerequisites: two courses in philosophy.

PHL 451 Seminar in Major Philosophical Movements
Examines a major philosophical movement in detail. Choice made by seminar participants with the consent of the department chairperson and faculty. Philosophical movements may include phenomenology, pragmatism, Marxism, analytic, linguistic philosophy, Oriental, etc. Prerequisites: two courses in philosophy.

PHL 490 Special Project: Field Experience in Professional Ethics
Involves a special experience, within an individual’s professional or other practical setting, which will assist the student in recognizing and articulating his/her values, in demonstrating abilities for decision making, and in recognizing the values operant in others. Combines classroom instruction with field experience and seminar meetings. Prerequisites: any philosophy course at the 200 level or above and with the approval of the department and the student’s academic advisor. Highly recommended for the end of the minor study.