Philosophy Courses

Courses in Philosophy


PHI 1010:  Social and Political Philosophy  (3)
An examination of various theories of the state and of human society.

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

PHI 1100:  History of Ethics
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).


PHI 2050:  Ancient and Medieval Philosophy  (3)
A survey of philosophy from ancient Greece through medieval scholasticism.

PHI 2060:  Modern Philosophy  (3)
A survey of philosophy from the 16th through the 20th centuries.

PHI 2950:  Topics in Philosophy  (3)


PHI 3010:  Theories of Human Nature  (3)
An examination of the theories of human nature from both classical and contemporary sources.

PHI 3150:  Art and Culture  (3)
The arts are examined in relation to dominant, residual, and emergent cultural formations. The processes by which certain arts are identified as “fine” and others as “popular,” some as “cultured” and others as “vulgar,” will be identified and discussed. Particular attention will be given to art about or produced by our region.

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 3250:  Theories of Knowledge  (3)
An examination of selected problems in the theory of knowledge.

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 3500:  Logic II  (3)
Prerequisite:  PHIL 103 or permission of instructor
Truth functional logic; predicate calculus; Turing machines; undecidability; completeness and incompleteness. Content will be of special interest to students of computer science, mathematics, linguistics and other cognitive sciences.

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, papers, and discussion in problems of historical epistemology, such as the nature of historical truth and the question of objectivity in history; consideration of the various philosophies of history developed by St. Augustine, Vico, Hegel, Marx, Compte, Spengler, Toynbee, and others. (Dual listing with HIS 3930/4930)


PHI 4750:  Readings in Philosophical Problems  (3)

PHI 4970:  Independent Study  (1-3)