Philosophy

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

PHI 1000 : Knowledge, Reality, Self

Philosophical responses to the questions of how we can know, what is real, and what is the nature of human existence that explore the dialogue between Catholic, Christian, secular and skeptical perspectives on these questions.

Credits

3

PHI 2010 : Logic & Critical Thinking

The study of logic and critical thinking. Topics include: argument identification and analysis; formal and informal logic; fallacies; inductive argument; the role of argumentative structures in various philosophical traditions.

Credits

3

PHI 2020 : Symbolic Logic

Propostional and first-order predicate logic; logical structure of arguments; symbolic languages; correct and incorrect inferences; fallacies; truth-tables; natural deduction.

Credits

3

PHI 2117 : The Good Doctor

The art and science, learning and dispositional attitudes necessary for the moral practice of medicine by a good doctor. Themes for the course drawn from philosophical resources, sociological theory, data and first-person medical narratives.

Credits

3

PHI 2121 : Environmental Ethics

The relation of the physical and biological environment to ethical values. Priorities among environmental, economic and political values as a basis for ethical decisions.

Credits

3

PHI 2130 : Business Ethics

Social justice and charity as principles of order in economic life and relationships: topics include consumer rights, corporate social responsibility, and ecology.

Credits

3

PHI 2140 : Phil of Criminal Justice

Philosophical dimensions of criminal justice; law and morality, criminal versus civil disobedience, philosophical presuppositions of the insanity defense, philosophical problems in controlling and correcting criminal and delinquent behavior.

Credits

3

PHI 2155 : Engineering Ethics

Engineering ethics through case studies focusing on professional responsibility, the role of technology in society and a holistic evaluation of the purpose of science and engineering.

Credits

3

PHI 2160 : The Ethics of War

Just war theory, total war, nuclear deterrence and nuclear war, disarmament, genocide, war crimes and atrocities, terrorism, non-violent resistance, and pacifism.

Credits

3

PHI 2170 : Mass Media Ethics

The impact of the changing communications technologies on the human person and society; freedom of the press, violence; pornography and censorship, confidentiality of sources, advertising ethics and codes of ethics and standards of practice.

Credits

3

PHI 2180 : Computer Ethics

Codes of professional ethics, unauthorized access, ownership of software, and the social responsibility of computing professionals.

Credits

3

PHI 2190 : Freedom

Human freedom analyzed from a metaphysical and political perspective; readings from classical and contemporary sources on such topics as determinism, slavery, rights, authority and dissent.

Credits

3

PHI 2300 : Philosophy of Law

The nature and function of law, relation of law to ethics, the judicial process, the role of constitutions, the rights of citizens, law and international relations.

Credits

3

PHI 2400 : Social & Political Phil

Social and political philosophers and the influence of their theories on the philosophical foundation of modern culture and society; emphasis on such conceptions as society, the state, justice and equality, and the social and political nature of persons.

Credits

3

PHI 2420 : Philosophy of Women

Nature and status of women from ancient times to the present, with consideration of the more general context of self-identity; contemporary feminist theories; feminism as a political movement.

Credits

3

PHI 2430 : Eco-Feminism

Basic positions in eco-feminism as they relate to the philosophical and religious traditions of the West.

Credits

3

PHI 2450 : Catholic Social Thought

Catholic Social Thought from Rerum Navarum to the present. Its Aristotelean-Thomistic grounding. The Church's challenge to analyses of contemporary social, political, and economic systems.

Credits

3

PHI 2460 : Globalization

Philosophical issues of globalization including: international law and human rights, immigration and migration, human trafficking, cyber solidarity, fair trade, poverty tourism, protest in the global civic sphere, and religious dialogue across borders.

Credits

3

PHI 2470 : Irish Thought and Literature

An examination of main thinkers in the Irish tradition; the relation of reason (science) and religion; the importance of poetry; themes to be explored include (e)migrant thought, exile and home, English as colonizers, langage and voice, laughter and comedy.

Credits

3

PHI 2480 : Africana Philosophy

Survey of theoretical writings and discourses by authors from Africa and the African diaspora at large, especially African-American and West-Indian authors.

Credits

3

PHI 2500 : Philosophy of Exchange

Monetary exchange in philosophical perspective: money as a means and as an end; higher and lower forms of exchange; sacrificial economies; the politics of scarcity; sacred economics.

Credits

3

PHI 2550 : Technology & Society

Case studies of specific technologies (such as television, automobiles, health technology) and critical examination of ethical Philosophical and policy issues that these technologies raise.

Credits

3

PHI 2710 : Information Knowledge Inquiry

The nature of human knowledge; sources of knowledge; justification of belief; conduct of inquiry; information; scientific reasoning; testimony; ecological rationality; and technologically extended knowledge.

Credits

3

PHI 2760 : Philosophy & Literature

Philosophical ideas in selected literary works; examination of the relation of literature to philosophy; fiction and truth, modes of communication.

Credits

3

PHI 2910 : Mysticism & Philosophy

The metaphysical interpretation of God, humans and the world implicit in the writings of selected mystics; epistemological issues such as mysticism and logic, the value of mystical experience, mysticism and psychedelic experience, mysticism and ethics.

Credits

3

PHI 2920 : Asian Philosophies

Sources of Eastern philosophies; aspects of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and/or Sufism.

Credits

3

PHI 2930 : Indian Philosophy

Introduction to basic traditions of Indian philosophy; exploration of debates between these traditions on fundamental issues of epistemology metaphysics, and philosophy of religion.

Credits

3

PHI 2993 : Internship

Departmentally related and academically creditable field work experience. See department chair for more information. Permission of Department Chair required.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Permission of Department Chair required.

PHI 2996 : Internship

Departmentally related and academically creditable field work experience. See department chair for more information.

Credits

6

PHI 3030 : History of Medieval Philosophy

Philosophical movements from the early Middle Ages to the rise of modern philosophy; the influence of later Medieval speculation upon thinkers of the modern period; readings from Augustine, Aquinas, Bonaventure, and others.

Credits

3

PHI 3100 : Augustine & Antiquity

Life and thought of Saint Augustine; the problem of certitude, the problem of evil, the nature of history, human knowledge and God, the soul-body relations, and political philosophy.

Credits

3

PHI 3720 : Marx & Marxism

Marx on the theories of human nature, freedom and history; related developments in Marxist thought.

Credits

3

PHI 3991 : Philosophy for Theology I

Historical and contemporary approaches to philosophical problems of theological relevance; philosophical methods for use in ministry; influence of Augustine on Western thought. Restricted to students in the Augustinian Novitiate Program.

Credits

1

PHI 3992 : Philosophy for Theology II

The relationships that exist between modern and contemporary philosophy and Christian theology; philosophical methods for use in ministry. Restricted to students in the Augustinian Novitiate Program.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

PHI 4125 : Bioethics

Advanced issues in clinical and research ethics: neuro-enhancement, radical life-extension, phase 1 trials on the non-consenting, ethics of life and death, and ethics of pandemics.

Credits

3

PHI 4140 : Phil of Contemporary Music

Critical listening to rock pop, jazz, rap, funk, punk, dance, and ambient music; relation of music to noise; theories of Hanslick, Nietzsche, Adorno, Barthes, Foucault, Deleuze, and Cage.

Credits

3

PHI 4150 : Philosophy & Film

Analysis of selected classics and current films from the perspective of basic philosophical concepts and questions.

Credits

3

PHI 4200 : Philosophy of Language

Major classical and contemporary philosophical theories concerning language, including the relationship of language to thought, experience and reality; theories of meaning, communication, linguistics, translation, poetic and religious language.

Credits

3

PHI 4600 : Psychoanalysis & Philosophy

Philosophical implications of Freudian theory as it relates to the individual and culture; the role of the unconscious; interpretation, structure of the ego, human sexuality and the foundations of civilization.

Credits

3

PHI 4610 : Philosophy of Mind

The nature of mind, soul, consciousness; the mind-brain relationship; classical and contemporary philosophical approaches; the nature of person identity and moral responsibility.

Credits

3

PHI 4825 : Existentialism

The active, feeling and living human being as the starting point for thinking about existence as more than brute facts and rational truths. Alienation, absurdity, emptiness and dread but also the freedom, authenticity, commitment and creativity as human responses to the apparent meaninglessness of life.

Credits

3

PHI 5000 : Adv Sem for Phil Majors

Special topic in philosophy or current interest to faculty and students. Course is open to Philosophy majors and minors and graduate students with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy.

Credits

3

PHI 6000 : Research Seminar

Inquiry in depth into one major philosophical problem or into the thought of one major philosopher; practice in the use of research and bibliographical techniques. techniques.

Credits

3

PHI 7230 : Aristotle: Practical Phi

An examination of Aristotle's practical philosophy based on selections from the Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric, and Poetics.

Credits

3

PHI 7300 : Roman Philosophy

The focus of this seminar is on the Romanization of Greek philosophy. the scope is late republic to waning empire, and the figures covered generally include (but are not limited to) Plotinus and Augustine. Of special concern is the nature and fate of autarkic virtue -- the dominant ideal of philosophical self-sufficiency -- under Stoic, skeptical, Platonic, and Epicurean regimes. Counts for distribution credit in ancient philosophy.

Credits

3

PHI 7330 : Medieval Philosophy

A study of selected texts from Christian, Jewish, and Islamic thinkers. This course will also include reference to the origins medieval philosophy in ancient philosophy and/or the anticipation of modern philosophical concerns.

Credits

3

PHI 7340 : Topics in Hist Philosophy

A number of important topics, e.g., space and time or the eternity of the world, are best considered both in immediate historical settings and across traditional historical divisions. Such topics will be considered as they are defined and redefined in ancient, medieval, and modern terms.

Credits

3

PHI 7610 : Topics: Early Mod Phil

Selected texts and themes from the early modern period. The readings will be taken from major philosophical figures of the period such as: Descartes, Locke, Malebranche, Leibniz, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Reid.

Credits

3

PHI 7640 : Spinoza

A study of such major works as the Ethics or Theologico-Political Treatise in their historical context and with respect to contemporary problems.

Credits

3

PHI 7720 : Kant's Practical Phil

The principle themes of Kant's practical philosophy. Selected readings from the Critique of Practical Reason, the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, the Critique of Judgement, The Metaphysical Elements of Justice, and other writings.

Credits

3

PHI 7730 : Kant's Third Critique

A close reading of the third critique along with some of the contemporary responses to it by Lyotard, Gadamer, Derrida, Arendt, Deleuze.

Credits

3

PHI 7920 : Hegel's Logic

A detailed reading of both Hegel's 1812 Science of Logic and the 1830 Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences. A study of Hegel's dialectical treatment of the logical categories, initiating with the famous triad "Being- Nothingness-Becoming."

Credits

3