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2013 - 2014

BA in Philosophy
(43 hours*)


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  1. Complete the following sources and methods courses:
      PHIL 201 : History of Philosophy 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 201 : History of Philosophy 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      DESCRIPTION: Western civilization from Greek antiquity to Renaissance, primarily from perspective of philosophy; exploring fundamental questions in human experience; examining formative events in history; understanding value of important texts.

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      PHIL 202 : History of Philosophy 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 202 : History of Philosophy 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      DESCRIPTION: Western civilization from Renaissance to present, primarily from perspective of philosophy; exploring fundamental questions in human experience; examining formative events in history; understanding value of important texts.

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      PHIL 205 : Introduction to Formal Logic. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 205 : Introduction to Formal Logic. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: History and use of syllogistic and propositional logic; evaluating arguments with Venn diagrams, truth tables, and Copi-style proofs and proof strategies; informal reasoning and fallacies.

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      PHIL 300 : Philosophical Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 300 : Philosophical Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Phil 201 and Phil 202 and Phil 205.
      DESCRIPTION: Writing philosophical papers about philosophical texts or problems. Research methods in philosophy. Library research paper.
      NOTE: Fulfills GE Advanced Written and Oral Communications requirement. No course challenges accepted.

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      PHIL 305 : Intermediate Formal Logic. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 305 : Intermediate Formal Logic. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: PHIL 205
      DESCRIPTION: History and use of first-order logic and second-order logic; natural-deduction and axiomatic proofs; modal logic; set theory and foundations of mathematics.
      NOTE: Fulfills GE Languages of Learning requirement.

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  2. Complete two of the following historical periods courses (should not be in the same period):
      PHIL 313R : History of Ethics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 313R : History of Ethics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      PREREQUISITE: Phil 150 or equivalent.
      RECOMMENDED: Phil 201, 202, 213.
      DESCRIPTION: Designed to survey the history of ethics or to examine multiple periods and figures in the history of philosophy.

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      PHIL 320R : Studies in Ancient Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 320R : Studies in Ancient Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Phil 201.
      DESCRIPTION: Selected figures or topics.

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      : Topics in Greek Philosophy.
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      : Pre-Socratics.
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      : Socrates.
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      : Plato.
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      : Aristotle.
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      : Neo-Platonism.
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      : Plotinus.
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      : Stoicism.
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      : Greek Ethics.
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      : Greek Science.
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      : Greek Metaphysics.
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      : Greek Logic.
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      : Greek Political Theory.
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      : Greek Epistemology.
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      : Greek Philosophy of Religion.
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      : Helenistic Philosophy.
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      : Church Fathers.
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      : Chinese Philosophy.
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      : Hindu Philosophy.
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      : Buddhism.
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      PHIL 330R : Studies in Medieval Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 330R : Studies in Medieval Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Phil 201.
      DESCRIPTION: Selected figures or topics.

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      : Topics in Medieval Philosophy.
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      : Augustine.
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      : Anselm.
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      : Averroes.
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      : Bonaventure.
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      : Maimonides.
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      : Aquinas.
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      : Duns Scotus.
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      : William of Ockham.
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      : Boethius.
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      : Medieval Jewish Philosophers.
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      : Medieval Arabic Philosophers.
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      : Medieval Ethics.
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      : Medieval Science.
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      : Medieval Epistemology.
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      : Medieval Metaphysics.
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      : Medieval Logic.
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      : Medieval Political Theory.
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      : Medieval Philosophy and Religion.
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      : Meister Eckhart.
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      PHIL 340R : Studies in Modern Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 340R : Studies in Modern Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Phil 202.
      DESCRIPTION: Selected figures or topics.

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      : Topics in Modern Philosophy.
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      : Continental Rationalism.
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      : Descartes.
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      : Spinoza.
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      : Leibniz.
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      : British Empiricism.
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      : Hobbes.
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      : Locke.
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      : Descartes and Locke.
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      : Berkeley.
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      : Hume.
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      : Kant.
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      : Hegel.
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      : Schopenhauer.
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      : German Idealism.
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      : Nietzsche.
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      : Nietzsche and Freud.
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      : Kierkegaard.
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      : Utilitarianism.
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      : Modern Political Theory.
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      : Bentham.
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      : J. S. Mill.
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      : Pragmatism.
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      : Peirce.
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      : William James.
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      : Dewey.
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      : Bergson.
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      : Alexander.
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      : Bradley.
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      : Bosanquet.
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      : British Idealism.
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      PHIL 350R : Studies in Contemporary Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 350R : Studies in Contemporary Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Phil 202.
      DESCRIPTION: Selected figures or topics.

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      : Topics in Contemporary Philosophy.
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      : Philosophy of Social Science.
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      : Philosophy of History.
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      : Philosophy of Psychology.
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      : Philosophy of Theology.
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      : Philosophy and Film.
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      : Philosophy and Literature.
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      : Philosophy of Architecture.
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      : Contemporary Analytical Philosophy.
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      : Contemporary Political Theory.
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      : Russell.
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      : Moore.
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      : Frege.
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      : Truth.
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      : Wittgenstein.
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      : Whitehead.
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      : Logical Positivism.
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      : Continental Philosophy.
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      : Existentialism.
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      : Hermeneutics.
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      : Phenomenology.
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      : Philosophy of Cognitive Science.
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      : Ricoeur.
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      : Husserl.
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      : Heidegger.
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      : Sartre.
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      : Levinas.
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      : Merleau-Ponty.
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      : Gadamer.
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      : Dufrenne.
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      : Derrida.
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      : Foucault.
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      : Marion.
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      : Contemporary French Philosophy.
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      : Oakeshott.
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      : Philosophy of Logic.
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      : Lyotard. (0::)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
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      : Ordinary Language Philosophy.
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  3. Complete one of the following values and conduct courses:
      PHIL 213 : Introduction to Ethics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 213 : Introduction to Ethics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer Contact Department
      DESCRIPTION: Nature and justification of moral standards, beliefs, and decisions.
      NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

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      PHIL 214 : Introduction to the Philosophy of Art. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 214 : Introduction to the Philosophy of Art. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: The experience of beauty in nature, in literature, and in the arts.
      NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

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      PHIL 215 : Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 215 : Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Existence and nature of God, God's foreknowledge and man's free will, faith, immortality, and religious experience and language.

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      PHIL 217R : Social and Political Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 217R : Social and Political Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      PREREQUISITE: Phil 150 or equivalent.
      RECOMMENDED: Phil 201, 202.
      DESCRIPTION: Examine selected topics, periods, and figures in social and political philosophy with an aim to understand and apply theories to particular problems and questions.

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      PHIL 413R : Topics in Ethics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 413R : Topics in Ethics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Phil 300.
      RECOMMENDED: Phil 213.
      DESCRIPTION: Select topics, figures, problems, and theories in ethics. Topics include meta-ethics, deontology, consequentialism, virtue theory, applied ethics, ethical argumentation.

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      : Objectivity, Subjectivity, and Relativism.
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      : Meta-ethics.
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      : Skepticism.
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      : Deontology.
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      : Consequentialism.
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      : Virtue Theory.
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      : Medical Ethics.
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      : Environmental Ethics.
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      : Media and Cyber Ethics.
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      : Ethics of War and Peace.
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      : Moral Psychology.
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      : Applied Ethics.
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      : The Good Life.
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      : Theoretical Foundations of Business Ethics.
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      : Ethical Argumentation.
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      PHIL 414R : Topics in the Advanced Philosophy of Art, Architecture, Music, and Film. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 414R : Topics in the Advanced Philosophy of Art, Architecture, Music, and Film. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      PREREQUISITE: Phil 300.
      DESCRIPTION: Topics and figures in the philosophy of art, architecture, music, and film.

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      PHIL 416 : Philosophy of Law. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 416 : Philosophy of Law. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Phil 300.
      DESCRIPTION: The relation between natural and enacted law; theories of punishment; utilitarian and nonutilitarian theories of law; liberty.

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  4. Complete two of the following knowledge and reality courses:
  5. Complete 12 additional hours (excluding 110, 150, and 499R) (with no more than three hours of 449R). Students must have a total of 27 credit hours of upper-division course work (300-level or above) in the major.
  6. Complete the following seminar:

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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