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GER Courses

(Note: Not all courses are available every semester. Please check the course schedule for the most updated listing of courses.)

PHIL 150W: Freshman Seminar in Philosophy (GER 7)
An introduction to the problems, methods and scope of philosophical inquiry through readings from historical and contemporary sources.

PHIL 201: Introduction to Philosophy (GER 7)
An introduction to the problems, methods and scope of philosophical inquiry through readings from historical and contemporary sources. Typically, the readings include at least one dialogue of Plato, the Meditations of Descartes, and usually selections from other philosophers.

PHIL 210: Introduction to Critical Thinking (GER 7)
A survey of formal and informal logical techniques with emphasis on their practical applications and historical significance. Among the techniques studied are syllogistic logic, informal fallacies and induction.

PHIL 215: Contemporary Moral Issues (GER 7)
A course focused on particular moral issues facing contemporary society and the ethical arguments provoked by them. Topics discussed in the course may include, among others, abortion, euthanasia, hate speech, capital punishment, surrogacy, genetic engineering, war and nuclear arms.

PHIL 231: Greek Philosophy (GER 4A)
A critical examination of representative Greek philosophers with special emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.

PHIL 232: Medieval Philosophy (GER 4A)
Analysis of selected writings of major medieval philosophers such as Augustine, Erigena, Anselm, Maimonides, Aquinas, Duns Scotus and Occam.

PHIL 252: 17th & 18th-Century Philosophy (GER 4A)
An examination of rationalism (e.g., Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz), empiricism (e.g., Hume, Locke, Berkeley) and their culmination in Kant.

PHIL 253: Kant & his Successors (GER 4A)
An examination of Kant and some of the 19th-century philosophical responses to his philosophy (e.g., Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche).

PHIL 303: Ethics (GER 7)
An introduction to the problems of ethics and the nature of ethical reasoning. Included are historically important topics such as hedonism, egoism, utilitarianism and relativism, as well as contemporary moral issues such as abortion, euthanasia and civil disobedience.

PHIL 304: Aesthetics (GER 7)
A philosophical examination of aesthetic perception and criteria of value. Special attention will be given to the elements of art and the function of form, symbol, expression and truth in art.

PHIL 305: Social & Political Philosophy (GER 7)
A philosophical examination of major theories dealing with social and political issues such as governmental authority, individual rights, distributive justice, democracy and the importance of community.

PHIL 310: Philosophy of Law (GER 7)
A critical examination of the concepts and arguments used in legal reasoning. Questions to be examined include: the nature of law, the grounds for obedience to law, the relationship of law to morality, and the grounds for legal punishment.

PHIL 320: Philosophy & Feminism (GER 7)
This course examines two ways philosophy and feminism intersect: philosophical arguments are used to support particular feminist theories and to criticize competing theories; and feminist theory is used to criticize traditional philosophical theories of ethics, knowledge, and science.

PHIL 321: Existentialism (GER 7)
An examination of important aspects of existentialism with readings in such philosophers as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Sartre. Some attention will also be given to the impact of these philosophical movements upon contemporary literature, religious thought and psychology.

PHIL 322: American Philosophy (GER 4A)
A study of readings selected from the works of 20th-century American philosophers such as Peirce, James, Dewey, Santayana and Whitehead.