Upcoming Courses

FALL 2022


Philosophy of Death and Dying

PHIL 1001 | Dr. Ruth Groenhout | MWF 11:15–12:05

Introduces students to the field of philosophy via the theme of death and dying. Examines the meaning(s) of death and dying and how one’s attitude toward death could be connected to living a good life. Includes both historical and contemporary perspectives in bioethics on death and dying. Topics in bioethics may include: euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, brain death, and end-of-life care such as hospice and palliative care.


Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 1101 | Dr. Mark Sanders | T/Th 10:00–11:15

Exploration of some of the basic problems that have shaped the history of philosophy (truth, knowledge, justice, beauty, etc.) and remain relevant to students today on personal and professional levels.  Readings will range from classical to contemporary texts by a variety of philosophers representing diverse perspectives on these problems.


Introduction to Philosophy (W)

PHIL 1102 | multiple sections

Exploration of some of the basic problems that have shaped the history of philosophy (truth, knowledge, justice, beauty, etc.) and remain relevant to students today on personal and professional levels.  Readings will range from classical to contemporary texts by a variety of philosophers representing diverse perspectives on these problems.


Critical Thinking (W)

PHIL 1105 | multiple sections

Fundamental skills of clear thinking that help students reason better during communication, problem-solving, and design, particularly as these integrate scientific/engineering efforts with social needs and values. Focuses on clarifying goals, identifying constraints, and generating and evaluating ideas or solutions.


Deductive Logic

PHIL 2105 | multiple sections

Principles of deductive logic, both classical and symbolic, with emphasis on the use of formal logic in analysis of ordinary language discourse.


Nietzsche

PHIL 3170 | Dr. Michael Kelly | online asynchronous

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) is known for his genealogical method (tracing the origins of concepts, beliefs) and his controversial ideas about morality, art, etc. How are his method and ideas interconnected in the development of his philosophy? How do changes in Nietzsche’s genealogy impact his understanding of ethics? And are his method and ideas relevant today?


Latin American Philosophy

PHIL 3190 | Dr. Andrea Pitts | T/Th 10:00–11:15

This course surveys some central texts and movements within Latin American philosophy. Themes of the course include pre-colonial Indigenous metaphysics, political philosophy within conquest-era debates and nation-building projects, Afro-Latin American philosophers and movements, Latin American feminist philosophy, and philosophical lessons from various decolonial and anti-imperial projects across Latin America.


Healthcare Ethics

PHIL 3230 | Prof. Reginald Raymer | MWF 10:10–11:00

Major ethical dilemmas within medical science and biology are examined to assist students to identify, analyze, and decide ethical issues in such a way that they can defend their positions to themselves and others. Issues include reproductive and genetic technology, death and dying, patient rights, and justice in distribution of healthcare benefits and burdens.


Metaethics

PHIL 3390 | Dr. Daniel Boisvert | W 2:30–5:15

You are a moral being. You reason with yourself and others about what you morally ought to do, and you use moral language to express these thoughts and feelings. But when you step back from these phenomena and ask questions about them, you are not theorizing about what to do, but are theorizing about morality itself.  You are engaged in what has come to be called “metaethics”—the topic of this course.


The Problem of Evil

PHIL 3590-001 | Dr. Tina Talsma | MWF 12:20–1:10

Suffering poses a challenge to belief in an all-good, all-knowing, all-powerful God. It seems that such a God would not permit suffering, at least not the types of suffering we encounter in our world. In this course, we will study this well-known problem in Philosophy of Religion and theistic responses to it. In particular, we will focus on the responses developed by two Christian philosophers: Eleonore Stump and Marilyn McCord Adams.


Philosophy of Biology

PHIL 3590-002 | Dr. Trevor Pearce | MWF 1:25–2:15

Why does evolution happen? How do genes and environments shape organisms? What is the relationship between evolution and culture? This class—an introduction to the philosophy of biology—will examine these questions and more, exploring Darwin’s theory of evolution, the nature of organisms, and the connections between biology, psychology, culture, and ethics.


Senior Seminar (W, O)

PHIL 3620 | Dr. Andrea Pitts | Th 1:00–3:45

This is a paper-writing boot camp where students will produce one research paper and one short presentation of that paper. The paper can be on any topic of the student’s choosing that relates to this year’s course theme.


Philosophy of Education

PHIL 3940 | Dr. Mark Sanders| Th 4:00–6:45

This class will explore the philosophy of education in terms of classic Western approaches to education and the contemporary moral problems faced by America’s schools, including the effect of race, class, and gender on school culture. It will also look specifically at the role that philosophy can and should play in education. Class members will help construct (and hopefully employ) a Philosophy curriculum for high school students.


Ethics after Auschwitz

PHIL 4390-090 | Dr. Martin Shuster| W 5:30–8:15

This course will center around what it means to "go on"—to live and function—as an ethical agent and as a human being in a world "after Auschwitz,"  taken expansively to refer to an entire century of genocides, mass murder, extreme violence, and depredation. Throughout the course, we will focus on the ways in which various thinkers have assessed, responded to, and ultimately understood Western modernity after a century of mass murder, what they claim it revealed about humanity and society, and especially what it suggests for or proposes about our future. Some of the topics we may consider include racism, antisemitism, imperialism, and colonialism, and how these variously relate to genocidal violence, thinking especially about whether genocidal impulses continue to be found in present day institutions and forms of agency. Some of the figures we may read include Theodor W. Adorno, Cedric Robinson, Hannah Arendt, Aimé Césaire, Emmanuel Levinas, and others.


Africana Philosophy

PHIL 4990-002 | Dr. Eddy Souffrant| T 2:30-5:15

The African, and later the African American, experience is silenced in the abstractions of modern European and Euro-American philosophy.  This class explores with the help of some of the works of writers ranging from Du Bois, Glaude, Hartman, Sharpe, Trouillot, Wiredu, to Wynter, the bases of that silence.  We shall also consider the ramifications of our exploration for our contemporary social and political philosophy.


Indigenous Feminisms

PHIL 4990-003 | Dr. Elisabeth Paquette| W 2:30–5:15

The course focuses on Indigenous feminist writings that both aim toward a constructive project of maintaining and respecting indigenous ways of life and that seek to address the detrimental consequences of U.S. and Canadian settler colonialism.