PHL 105. Personal and Community Ethics (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #10)(LER-TXT AND DIV)
An introduction to ethical thought with particular attention given to the conflict between individual interest and communal good. The course includes a survey of classical writings on ethics, as well as a selection of more recent texts that focus on concrete issues such as gender and sexuality, racism, economic injustice, and environmental ethics. In each case, we will examine how various conceptions of individual rights coincide with the obligations individuals owe to their neighbors, their nation, and the global community. Fall semester.DeCaroli.

PHL 115. Race, Gender, and Sexuality (3 Cr.) (LER-DIV)
An introduction to the theories of oppression and privilege, with particular attention paid to racism, sexism, and heterosexism. The readings analyze the nature of social identity and difference, including the intersections of sexuality, gender, and race on the individual and social levels. We will examine oppression and privilege as systems and structures, which are maintained and sustained by social practices, language, education, and cultural production. We will also examine these areas as possible sites of resistance. Fall semester. Grebowicz.

PHL 157. Individual, Community, Cosmos (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4) (LER-TXT)
Exploration of the historical philosophical views on the identity, self-understanding and values of human beings and their relationships to larger totalities such as community, society, and the natural or divine order. Reading and discussion of Plato's Dialogues , Descartes' Meditations , Hume's Enquiry , and Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols . Spring semester. Rose.

PHL 176. Logic (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #5)
Study of the theory and history of logic, its uses and justification, its applicability and limitations. Focus on formal deductive logic. Fall semester. Department.

PHL 205. Environmental Ethics (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #11) (LER-ENV)
A philosophical examination of the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Readings address cultural and scientific construction of nature and the environment, various constructions of human versus animal being, the metaphysical underpinnings of various “animal rights” and “conservation” positions, and the relationship between environmental and social concerns. Students will consider and evaluate competing approaches to environmental justice. Prerequisite: either sophomore standing, one course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor. Fall semester, alternate years. Grebowicz.

PHL 212. Philosophy and Art (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #9)
An analysis of the philosophical implications and cultural significance of art during the modern period. In pursuing an answer to the question “What is art?” we will examine a selection of philosophical writings on the subject, each of which tries to determine what characteristics make art objects different from all others. In addition, we will examine the political, social, racial, and historical factors that helped produce the institutions, economies and values that, in the West at least, sustain the notion of “fine art.” Our investigation will include a critical consideration of such things as the modern museum, colonialism, the role of the art critic, the art industry, etc. (This course cannot be used as one of the two 200-level art history survey courses required for the art major.) Prerequisite: either sophomore standing, one course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years. DeCaroli.

PHL 216. Modern Philosophy (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4)
An advanced survey of 17th- and 18th-century philosophy as developed in the writings of Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. All readings are from primary sources, supplemented by lecture and discussion. We will consider not only the internal arguments of these texts, but also the broader cultural and political questions that frame their arguments. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. DeCaroli.

PHL 217. Contemporary Philosophy (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #10)
An advanced survey of contemporary philosophy as developed in the major philosophers of post-structuralism (post-1968), as well as a substantial examination of the traditions that have shaped contemporary philosophical debates. The course will begin with an overview of the writings of both Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, emphasizing dialectical materialism and the formation of subjectivity. The course will then examine how the ideas of Marx and Freud have been embraced by late twentieth-century theorists. Prerequisite: two courses in philsophy (one at the 200-level), or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years. DeCaroli.

PHL 218. Philosophy of Time (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4 and #7)
Examination of speculations about time in the Classical, Enlightenment, and contemporary periods and the specific ways these speculations have helped develop philosophy, physics, mathematics, religion, history, and psychology. Key themes include the role of time as a measure, changes in concepts of time, time and the cosmos, the ubiquitous presence of concepts of time in our understanding of the natural world, abstraction, classification, and our self-understanding throughout Western thought. Prerequisite: either sophomore standing, one course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. Rose.

PHL 219. Nineteenth Century Philosophy (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4)
Study of Kant’s epistemology, Hegel’s phenomenology, and philosophy of history to show new confidence in reason; Nietzsche’s and Kierkegaard’s responses and the subsequent crisis in confidence in reason, and the loss of absolute values that give rise to the issues of modern life. Readings include Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason , Hegel’s "Preface" to Phenomenology of Spirit , Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals , and Kierkegaard’s The Concept of Anxiety and Repetition . Influence of these works on psychology, social science, religion, and ethics. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. Rose.

PHL 220. Phenomenology (3 Cr.)
Study of phenomenology as foundational science in Husserl’s Crisis and its development in the work of Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty’s The Prose of the World, and Levinas’ Time and the Other. This course explores the prospect of a holistic way of knowing in opposition to the detached, objective methodology of the natural and social sciences. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. Fall semester, alternate years. Rose.

PHL 224. Existentialism: Philosophy and Theater (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4)
The study of existentialist and hermeneutic theories of how we humans create and exact meaning. The thesis of this course is that philosophy and theater are the two human activities that enact and create meaning in the world and do so self-consciously, whereas other human activities attribute objective value to the truth they ascribe to the world. Using readings from Plato, Nietzsche, Artaud, Sartre, and Gadamer and the plays of Pirandello, Brecht, Duras, Genet, and Beckett, students enter the threshold of a conscious place in which we can see the world and see ourselves reflected in the world just as actors create a "world" on the stage. Philosophy and theater reveal we humans as the ones who "enact reality" and, in doing so, create history, personal and political identities, and the meaning of the world. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2013-14 and alternate years. Rose.

PHL 226. Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4)
The major Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, and Neoplatonic thinkers of the two periods. Religious thought, rational theology, the development of humanism, and the development of natural sciences. Readings from St. Anselm, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Peter Abelard, Maimonides, Averroes, Ficino, and Pico. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years. Rose.

PHL 228. Philosophy and the Animal (3 Cr.)
Are humans animals? Are animals persons? This class goes beyond animal ethics to consider the ontological and epistemological assumptions underlying the ethical debates. How is "the animal" constructed in science, philosophy and culture? How should animal being be imagined in order to contribute to a more just and sustainable vision of society? Prerequisite: Either sophomore standing, one course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Offered Spring 2012. Grebowicz.

PHL 231. Political Philosophy (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #10)
An introduction to political philosophy with particular attention paid to the modern period during which time the fundamental concepts of Western politics were developed. The course includes a survey of classical writings on politics as well as a selection of more recent texts that focus on concrete issues such as citizenship, the “social contract”, sovereignty, the meaning of political, civil, and human rights. Prerequisite: either sophomore standing, one course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years. DeCaroli.

PHL 237. Queer Theory (3 Cr.)
This course will trace various arguments for overcoming the categories "heterosexual" and "homosexual," as defined in hetero-patriarchy, in favor of a more contemporary understanding of sexuality (and gender itself) as fluid and mediated by social forces. Readings will explore heterosexual normativity, sadomaschism, camp, queer identity, transgender, and relationships between queer and feminist forms of resistance. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. Spring semester, alternate years. Grebowicz.

PHL 245. Critical Race Theory (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #10)
A detailed examination of our assumptions about race and the impact of those assumptions on issues concerning gender, class, and sexuality. Students examine racial issues from a critical philosophical perspective and consider the ways in which representations of race reinforce patterns of power and privilege. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. Spring semester, alternate years. Grebowicz.

PHL 257. Philosophy and the Machine (3 Cr.)
An analysis of the cultural impact and philosophical implications of modern technology as well as an historical consideration of the relation between humans and machines. Perspectives on technology will be drawn from traditional philosophical sources as well as from more recent writings and will be examined in an effort to highlight a range of ontological and epistemological questions concerning our assumptions about what differentiates humans from machines. Prerequisite: either sophomore standing, one course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. DeCaroli.

PHL 260. Ancient Greek Philosophy (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4)
The birth of western thinking about the cosmos, the community, and the practice of shared inquiry into the world around us and ourselves. The ancient Greeks have long been interpreted as the origin of rational, scientific and abstract thinking. Indeed, we find the origins in the scientific method, mathematics, logic, biology, political science, literary criticism - in fact, every science - in the thinking of the pre-Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. But these philosophers also underwent a change in their relationship to the world with ways of thinking and questioning that were different from the views of the community around them. These thinkers are the first to pose questions about the meaning of being. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years. Rose.

PHL 268. Chinese Philosophy (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #4)
An analysis of Asian philosophical and religious texts with particular emphasis on the Chinese tradition. We will read selected works from the vast scholarly literature of the Daoist, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions, and situate these texts, their authors, and the schools they represent, within their historical context. Prerequisite: either sophomore standing, one course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. DeCaroli.

PHL 276. Feminist Philosophy (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #10)
A philosophical study of questions of gender and gender inequality. The class will explore social constructions of femininity and masculinity, theories of masculine privilege, and various, competing strategies for resistance. Students will reflect on gender in relation to other social inequalities, with particular attention to sexuality and heterosexism. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. Fall semester, alternate years. Grebowicz.

PHL 280. Archaeology of Language (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #10)
A discussion of language in its various roles, from creating meaning to hiding it. By looking at five ways of treating language—the literal, the metaphorical, the evocative, the structural, the deconstruction—this course explores why language works and why it sometimes does not work, why it is possible to be understood and to be misunderstood. Topics include the relationship of language and culture, language and gender, language and cognition, and language and madness. Readings in Aristotle, Heidegger, Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, and Eco. Prerequisite: either sophomore standing, a 100-level philosophy course, or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years.Rose.

PHL 290. Internship in Philosophy (3-4 Cr.)
Placements in business, government, civic organizations, coalitions, and volunteer groups. Each student designs a plan with a member of the department to develop a clear goal and a rigorous method of pursuing it. Prerequisites: preliminary interview and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Course may be taken pass/no pass only.Department.

PHL 298. Independent Work in Philosophy (1.5-4 Cr.)
Special topics of study based on previous course work in the department and selected in conference with the instructor. Department.

PHL 322. Theories of Religion (3 Cr.)
This course examines theories of religion in an advanced seminar setting and serves as a follow-up to RLG 153 . Through the reading of a variety of theoretical studies of religion, students will examine the following questions: Why does religion exist? What comprises a religious experience? What function does religion play in human society? Prerequisite: sophomore standing and at least one prior course in Religion or Philosophy. Offered Spring 2012 and every third spring. Duncan.

PHL 330. Nietzsche (3 Cr.)
A reading of four of Nietzsche’s works: Beyond Good and Evil, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and Twilight of the Idols; a biography of Nietzsche; and three crucial commentators: Heidegger, Derrida, and Irigaray. This course offers an opportunity to see the history of philosophy and culture through the major concepts of the Will to Power, the Eternal Return, the Transvaluation of Values, and recent interpretations of that thinker who called for an end to religion and metaphysics and started the modern age. Prerequisite: two courses in philosophy (one at the 200- level), or permission of the instructor Fall semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. Rose.

PHL 332. Foucault (3 Cr.) (GEN. ED. #7)
An advanced examination of the works of Michel Foucault as well as an introduction to the ideas and issues that characterized post-1968 Europe, the time period during which he wrote. The course will be devoted to a careful reading of Foucault’s most important works. Prerequisite: two courses in philosophy (one at the 200- level), or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. DeCaroli.

PHL 333. Kant (3 Cr.)
An advanced examination of the works of Immanuel Kant as well as an introduction to the ideas and themes characteristic of the critical tradition he inaugurated. The course will devote considerable time to a careful reading of the standard translations of Kant’s most important works, paying particular attention to the key concepts of Kant’s critical philosophy. Prerequisite: two courses in philosophy (one at the 200- level), or permission of the instructor. Fall semester. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years. DeCaroli.

PHL 336. Heidegger (3 Cr.)
Seminar discussion of the key texts in Heidegger’s “path of thinking” about Being. We will follow Heidegger’s ways of asking the question of “the meaning of Being” as it develops and changes from phenomenology as fundamental ontology in Being and Time to thought that gives itself over to the appropriation of thinking by Being in Contributions to Philosophy. Other texts under consideration include Identity and Difference and the Wegmarken texts. Prerequisites: two courses in philosophy (one at the 200- level), or permission of the instructor. Fall semester, alternate years. Rose.

PHL 338. Derrida (3 Cr.)
An in-depth study of Jacques Derrida’s early work, which begins with his critique of logocentrism, tracing its trajectory from his work on language and semiotics to the deconstruction of the metaphysics of presence. The class concludes with the readings of his later work, exploring the relevance of deconstruction for contemporary democratic theory, globalization, and education. Prerequisite: two courses in philosophy (one at the 200- level), or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Offered 2010-11 and alternate years. Grebowicz.

PHL 339. Lyotard (3 Cr.)
This course will introduce students to the work of late 20th century French philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard, who is credited with introducing the term “postmodern” into critical discourse, in the context of the events of May 1968 as well as in its present inception. We will explore his writings on the postmodern in areas such as knowledge production, art, memory and testimony, gender, international human rights, and education. Prerequisites: two courses in philosophy (one at the 200- level), or permission of the instructor. Spring semester, alternate years. Grebowicz.

PHL 395. Philosophical Topics (3 Cr.)
Advanced study in a particular historical period, theme, issue, or thinker in the Western or Eastern philosophical tradition. The field of discussion is delimited differently each time the course is taught. Topics for a given semester are posted before registration. Prerequisite: either a 200-level philosophy course or permission of the instructor. Variable semesters.Department.

PHL 398. Independent Work in Philosophy (1.5-4 Cr.)
Special topics of study based on previous course work in the department and selected in conference with the instructor. Department.