Department of Philosophy

Fall 2021 Electives

PHIL 338-Englightenment & Revolution

Instructor: Frankel

Major/Minor requirements course fulfills: Elective

Other requirements course fulfills: Humanities elective Seminar, PPP

Course Description: Evaluates the nature of political revolutions by examining the political thought preceding the French Revolution. Specific attention is paid to the meaning of revolution as a means of political change and the role of justification of violence.

Prerequisites: ( PHIL100 or CORE105) and ( PHIL290 or PHIL200)

Course Attributes: Humanities Elective

Levels: Graduate Undergraduate TR 11:30-12:45, CRN: 90470

PHIL 329-Bioethics

Instructor: Hurd

Major/Minor requirements course fulfills: Elective

Other requirements course fulfills: Humanities elective, ERS

Course Description:
Moral issues arising in health care delivery, including social policy as well as clinical problems.

Prerequisites: (PHIL100 or CORE105) and (PHIL290 or PHIL200)

Course Attributes: ERS Focus Elective, Humanities Elective TR 4:00-5:15, CRN: 90467

PHIL 304-Early Modern Philosophy

Instructor: Brady

Major/Minor requirements course fulfills: Elective

Other requirements course fulfills: Humanities elective

Course Description: This course covers central figures in the Early Modern period, from Descartes to Kant.  We will explore questions in epistemology, ethics, and politics, with particular attention to how those questions change with Descartes’ subjective turn, away from trying to understand things as they are and toward trying to understand things as they appear to us.

Prerequisites: (PHIL100 or CORE105) and (PHIL290 or PHIL200)

Course Attributes: Humanities Elective

Levels: Graduate Undergraduate TR 1:00-2:15, CRN: 96305

PHIL 386-Philosophy and The Holocaust

Instructor: Quinn

Major/Minor requirements course fulfills: Elective

Other requirements course fulfills: Humanities elective

Course Description: The Holocaust remains an unthinkable event.  The goal of this course is to seek to understand it, insofar as this is possible, and its moral implications.  Among the issues we'll address moral issues involved in trials of former Nazis; the meaning of suffering; Holocaust narratives, whether the Holocaust is a special instance of genocide.

Prerequisites: (PHIL100 or CORE105) and (PHIL290 or PHIL200)

Course Attributes: Humanities Elective

Levels: Graduate Undergraduate MWF 12:00-12:50, CRN: 92318

PHIL 387-African American Philosophy

Instructor: Polt

Major/Minor requirements course fulfills: Elective

Other requirements course fulfills: Humanities elective, ERS

Course Description: We will study some classic African-American thinkers, including Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Alain Locke, as well as several contemporary Black intellectuals, who may include Cornel West, bell hooks, Leonard Harris, and Naomi Zack. Topics can include justice, identity, art, gender, and religion. Prerequisites: (PHIL100 or CORE105) and (PHIL290 or PHIL200)

Course Attributes: ERS Focus Elective, Humanities Elective

Levels: Graduate Undergraduate MWF 10:00-10:50, CRN: 93485

PHIL 398-Thesis Review

Instructor: TBA

Major/Minor requirements course fulfills: Elective

Other requirements course fulfills: Humanities elective, PPP

Course Description: Preparation for writing the Senior Thesis.

Prerequisites: ( PHIL100 or CORE105) and ( PHIL290 or PHIL200)

Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Philosophy, Philos, Politics & The Public

Course Attributes: Humanities Elective

Levels: Graduate Undergraduate TR 4:00-5:15, CRN: 92046

PHIL 336-Liberalism

Instructor: Gottlieb

Major/Minor requirements course fulfills: Elective

Other requirements course fulfills: Humanities elective, PPP

Course Description: An exploration of the philosophical foundations of liberalism, primarily focused on readings from significant texts from the history of philosophy. Special focus on the relation between nature and society, freedom, equality, the idea of the social contract, rights, law, and the state

Prerequisites: (PHIL100 or CORE105) and (PHIL290 or PHIL200)  

Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Philosophy, Philos, Politics & The Public MWF 11:00-11:50, CRN: 95813

PHIL 375-The Philosophy of Kant

Instructor: Szymkowiak

Major/Minor requirements course fulfills: Elective

Other requirements course fulfills: Humanities elective

Course Description: This course will involve a close reading of Immanuel Kant's first two Critiques, The Critique of Pure Reason, and The Critique of Practical Reason. It will cover topics of epistemology, metaphysics, and morals.

Prerequisites: (PHIL100 or CORE105) and (PHIL290 or PHIL200)

Course Attributes: Humanities Elective

Levels: Graduate Undergraduate TR 10:00-11:15, CRN: 90473