Philosophy Courses

Courses in Philosophy


PHI 1030: Logic I (3)
An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of logical analysis.

PHI 1040: Theories of Human Nature (3)
An examination of the theories of human nature from both classical and contemporary sources, philosophical, scientific and religious. (Dual listing with REL 1040.)

PHI 1110: Ethical Decision Making in the Modern World (3)
An introduction to contemporary moral theory and its application to modern ethical dilemmas. Possible topics of discussion: Sexual morality, censorship, euthanasia, the ethical treatment of animals, abortion, drugs and gambling, cloning, the death penalty, terrorism and torture, reparations, and climate change.


PHI 2950:  Topics in Philosophy  (3)


PHI 3020: Social and Political Philosophy (3)
An examination of various theories of the state and of human society.

PHI 3052: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3)
A survey of philosophy from ancient Greece through medieval scholasticism. Special focus is given to the appropriation of classical Greek philosophy by the monotheistic traditions. Dual listing with REL 3052.

PHI 3062: Modern Philosophy (3)
A survey of philosophy from the 16th through the 20th centuries.

PHI 3160: Asian Philosophy and Religion (3)
A survey of Asian philosophy and religion including Hinduism, Jainism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. (Dual listing with REL 3160.)

PHI 3200: Environmental Ethics (3)
The human relationship to the environment is examined from two perspectives: one’s relationship to locality (a special focus will be given to Appalachian communities and places) and the global nature of environmental problems. Specific topics will include land use, planning, energy production and consumption, population, and environmental social justice.

PHI 3300: Philosophy of Religion (3)
A philosophical exploration of concepts, arguments, and definitions central to all religions. Topics may include arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of religion, the problem of freedom and evil, the nature of religious experience, religious language, the relationship between science and religion, and the nature and destiny of humanity. (Dual listing with REL 3300.)

PHI 3310: History of Ethics (3)
The history of ethics, from Plato and Aristotle through the early 20th century, is critically surveyed. Special attention will be given to ethical intuitionism (Plato), virtue ethics (Aristotle, Aquinas), religious ethics (Bhagavad Gita, Hebrew and Greek Bible, Martin Luther King, Jr.), deontological ethics (Kant), utilitarianism (Bentham, Mill) and existentialism (Simone de Beauvior). (Dual listing with REL 3310.)

PHI 3450: Intellectual History of Europe in the 19th Century (3)
Topics include romanticism, German idealism, the rise of the social sciences, and three traditions of political thought: liberalism, socialism, and the politics of cultural pessimism. (Dual listing with HIS 3450/4450.)

PHI 3460: Intellectual History of Europe in the 20th Century (3)
Readings and discussions on selected topics of 20th century European thought. Topics include existentialism, the impact of science and technology, political thought, and others. (Dual listing with HIS 3460/4460)

PHI 3730: Intellectual History of the United States (3)
A survey of the intellectual history of the United States from the Constitutional debates to the present. Topics which may be included are federalism and anti-federalism, transcendentalism, social Darwinism, socialism, liberalism, pragmatism, African-American thought, environmentalism and feminism. (Dual listing with HIS 3730/4730)

PHI 3930: Philosophy of History (3)
Readings and discussion of problems in contemporary historiography. Focus is given to the opposing positions of post-modernism (Lyotard, Foucault) and world systems analysis (Wallerstein). Dual listing with HIS 3930/4930.


PHI 4750: Readings in Philosophical Problems (3)

PHI 4970: Independent Study (1-3)