2010-11 Course Descriptions

PHIL - Philosophy
College of Special Studies

PHIL 275 Introductory Logic and Critical Thinking (3-0-3), fall, even years. Validity and soundness of arguments both in ordinary language (e.g. religion) and in the technical language of science, law, theology, and criticism. 

PHIL 378 History and Philosophy of Science (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Newtonian physics, evolution, thermodynamics, quantum theory, relativity, and the impact of these sciences on religion, philosophy, literature, the arts, and the social sciences. Same as PHYS 378. 

PHIL 379 Philosophy, Religion and Science (3-0-3), spring, odd years. The relationships among God, humans, and nature from the perspectives of philosophy, religion, and science. Same as PHYS 379. 

PHIL 380 Introduction to Philosophy (3-0-3), fall. Basic concerns of philosophy, relation of philosophy to other fields, and a discussion of the major types of philosophy. Same as BIBD 380. 

PHIL 451 Philosophy and Social Justice (3-0-3), fall, even years. This course considers the contributions of major contemporary philosophers to understanding distributive social justice on a national and international level. The class will explore the consistency of various positions with the teachings of Jesus about social justice. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. 

PHIL 478 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (3-0-3), fall, even years. Theism in light of reason, competing world views, and philosophies. Same as BIBD 478. 

PHIL 486 Ethics (3-0-3), spring. Introduces different philosophical approaches to ethics, while focusing on selected ethical issues facing contemporary Christians. Same as BIBD 486. 

PHIL 487 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3-0-3), fall, odd years. The development of philosophical thought during the ancient and medieval periods. Same as BIBD 487. 

PHIL 489 History of Modern Philosophy (3-0-3), spring, even years. The development of philosophical thought from Hobbes and Descartes through Kant and Hegel with emphasis on epistemology, metaphysics, and ethical theory. Same as BIBD 489. 

PHIL 490 Early Political Philosophy (3-0-3), fall, even years. The major political philosophers from Plato to Machiavelli. Same as POLS 490. 

PHIL 491 Modern Political Philosophy (3-0-3), spring, odd years. The major political philosophers from Machiavelli to the present. Same as POLS 491.

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