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Undergraduate Courses


    100-Level Courses

    PHIL 110 : Introduction to Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 110 : Introduction to Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    OFFERED: Honors also.
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
    DESCRIPTION: Articulating, assessing, and defending fundamental positions on topics such as reason, knowledge, science, education, ethics, politics, and religion.

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    PHIL 150 : Reasoning and Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 150 : Reasoning and Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    OFFERED: Honors also.
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
    RECOMMENDED: Recommended for philosophy majors and minors.
    DESCRIPTION: Informal grammar, logic, and rhetoric as tools for reading and writing. Library research.
    NOTE: Fulfills GE First-Year Writing requirement. No course challenges accepted.

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    200-Level Courses

    PHIL 200 : Philosophy Major Orientation and ePortfolio Training. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 200 : Philosophy Major Orientation and ePortfolio Training. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
    DESCRIPTION: Overview of philosophy as a discipline; review of philosophy major requirements and course sequence; complete introduction to philosophy research methods and ePortfolio training.

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    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 210 : Science and Civilization 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 210 : Science and Civilization 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    OFFERED: Honors also.
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
    DESCRIPTION: History of Civilization from Greek antiquity to scientific revolution; methods in early science and their philosophical significance; exploring fundamental questions in human experience; examining formative events in history; understanding value of important texts.
    NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

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    PHIL 211 : Science and Civilization 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 211 : Science and Civilization 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    OFFERED: Honors also.
    WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
    DESCRIPTION: History of Civilization from scientific revolution to present; concepts and methods in modern science and their philosophical significance; exploring fundamental questions in human experience; examining formative events in history; understanding value of important texts.
    NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

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    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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    300-Level Courses

    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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    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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    PHIL 360R : Non-Western Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 360R : Non-Western Philosophy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    DESCRIPTION: Study selected figures, texts, and problems in the history of non-Western philosophy.

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    400-Level Courses

    PHIL 405 : Advanced Logic and Metalogic. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 405 : Advanced Logic and Metalogic. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
    PREREQUISITE: Phil 305.
    DESCRIPTION: Completeness, soundness, and undecidability of first-order logic; incompleteness of arithmetic; treatment of related philosophical topics and of nonclassical topics as time permits.

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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 415 : Philosophy of Religion. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 415 : Philosophy of Religion. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
    PREREQUISITE: Phil 300.
    DESCRIPTION: Selected figures or problems.

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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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    PHIL 420 : Philosophy of Language. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 420 : Philosophy of Language. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer Contact Department
    PREREQUISITE: Phil 300.
    DESCRIPTION: Meaning and reference, synonymy, metaphor, exemplification, translation; linguistic, artistic, and perceptual symbol systems.

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    PHIL 421 : Metaphysics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Spring Contact Department
    PREREQUISITE: Phil 300.
    DESCRIPTION: Basic categories of being: appearance and reality, law, causality, space, time, eternity, deity.

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    PHIL 422 : Epistemology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Winter; Summer Contact Department
    PREREQUISITE: Phil 300.
    DESCRIPTION: Meaning, limits, and justification of knowledge.

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    PHIL 423 : History and Philosophy of Science. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 423 : History and Philosophy of Science. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PREREQUISITE: Phy S 100 or instructor's consent; Phil 300.
    DESCRIPTION: Scientific explanation, concepts, and models. Philosophical assumptions and criteria for theory selection, as exemplified by historical development of basic ideas in science.

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    PHIL 424 : Philosophy of Mind. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 424 : Philosophy of Mind. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
    PREREQUISITE: Phil 300.
    DESCRIPTION: Relationship between the mental and the physical: consciousness, intentionality, mental causation.

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    PHIL 449R : Philosophical Lecture Series. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 449R : Philosophical Lecture Series. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
    DESCRIPTION: Lectures on philosophical topics by faculty and advanced students.

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    PHIL 490 : Senior Seminar. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
    PREREQUISITE: Phil 300.
    DESCRIPTION: Review of philosophical principles and advanced writing experiences culminating in a publishable paper.

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    PHIL 495R : Directed Readings in Philosophy. (1-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    PHIL 495R : Directed Readings in Philosophy. (1-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
    PREREQUISITE: PHIL 300
    DESCRIPTION: For instructors and students who wish to pursue special problems or projects, or who wish to read texts that are not covered by available courses.

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    PHIL 499R : Honors Thesis. (.5-6:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
    PREREQUISITE: Instructor's consent.
    DESCRIPTION: Selected topic or figure in philosophy

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    500-Level Graduate Courses (available to advanced undergraduates)

    PHIL 501R : Graduate Seminar. (.5-5:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
    WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
    PREREQUISITE: Instructor's consent.
    DESCRIPTION: Selected topic, figure, or movement in philosophy, as announced in current class schedule.

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