Philosophy Classes

PHI100E Introduction to Philosophy

A course designed to familiarize the student with that activity called philosophy. There is an examination of the beginning, the method, and the goal of philosophy. A division of philosophy into its specialized problem areas is included.

PHI 201E Philosophical Psychology
The method of studying life in philosophical psychology and its place in the complete study of life with experimental psychology and biology. Main problems of the discipline and solutions offered by Greek and modern philosophers.

PHI 202E Ethics
An exploration of the question, “How should I live?” Classical, modern, and contemporary positions will be examined in an attempt to understand the best human life.

PHI203E Logic

We are constantly bombarded with ideas, whether in religion, politics, law, morality, science, sound investing, or life itself. How does one evaluate the argument? Is it valid? Is it sound? Are the premises true? What about the evidence? Are there certain rules to follow in constructing or evaluating a logical argument? What about the ambiguities of our everyday language? Logic is the study of the rules of right reasoning that are used to construct a good argument, or to evaluate the validity of an argument. This logic course is an exercise-filled study of formal deductive logic.

PHI204E God and the Philosophers
An examination of the ways that philosophers have understood the divine. Topics may include arguments for the existence of God, critiques and defenses of classical theism, the appropriate language to speak of the divine, the problem of evil, the nature of religious experience, why miracles may be problematic, and science and God. How does one’s understanding of the existence and character of the divine bear on one’s self-understanding and how one lives?

PHI265E The Problem of Evil
Evil seems to be an ever-present and increasing problem in today’s world. A quick glance at the daily newspapers will support the prior statement. Why is there such moral and natural evil and suffering in our world? Religions and philosophies have been dealing with this question for many centuries. Theists and atheists both present convincing arguments to support or deny respectively the existence of a God based on the undeniable fact of the presence of evil. What are the origins, nature and purpose of evil?

PHI310E Love & Friendship

An investigation of the kinds of love, their causes and effects. The necessity, nature, forms, and properties of friendship.

PHI318E Individual and Community
The possibility of achieving fully human status, apart from the influence and cooperation of others, and the fear that society might obliterate all distinctions between individuals form the axis constituting the relationship between the individual and the community. In this course students explore several points along that axis including moral, political, psychological and religious dimensions of the course theme

PHI320E Professional Ethics
A review of the main theories of ethics and justice, with a focus on the application of these theories to business. The course examines case studies and legal decisions involving issues of the rights and responsibilities of business with regard to the employee, the consumer, and government. Topics include business in modern society, societal responsibility and the environment. Prerequisite: PHI100E

PHI323E Ethics in Education: Character Development in Schools
This course sets out on the principle that the primary end or purpose of education in the broadest sense is to form the human being, to assist the child through adolescence and towards adulthood. This course explores the formation of the human soul and the “building, shaping or forming” of character. The nature of virtue and vice is studied, as well as a systematic query of several virtues and how both teachers and parents may begin to deliberately and benevolently imbue children with a disposition toward them.

PHI327E Special Topics in Philosophy: Spiritual Autobiography
An examination of spiritual and intellectual insights and turning points in the lives of Plato, Descartes, Kierkegaard, Tolstoy, Etty Hillesum and Simone Weil.

PHI355E Augustine and Aquinas
The new intellectual environment of philosophy in medieval times is investigated through a study of the writings of the two greatest thinkers of the West. Of particular interest are the union of and tension between the wisdom of the philosophers and the wisdom of the Scriptures present in each author’s work.

PHI 370E Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
An examination of that human experience and philosophy that is perhaps most clearly representative of contemporary western society. The course includes a study of the roots of existentialist thought in the writings of Kierkegaard and Nietzche and a consideration of similarities and differences in the thought of several “existentialist” writers.

PHI380E Contemporary Women in Philosophy
This course introduces students to the philosophical ideas of four contemporary thinkers: Simone Weil, Edith Stein, Hannah Arendt, and Iris Murdoch. Each woman’s work involves a quarrel with modernity, occasioned by experience, whether proximate or remote, of the second World War and its aftermath, but in each case the grounds for the quarrel differ. Our analysis evokes these differences, and also considers the affinities between them.