Department of Philosophy

Spring 22 Electives

PHIL 340-Dante, Pilgrim of the Mind

Instructor: Sweeney

Time: T/Th 1:00-2:15, CRN: 11228

PHIL 340-Metaphysics

Instructor: Sweeney

Time: T/Th 1:00-2:15, CRN: 11228

A study of the question of being through texts from Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas, and a study of the rejection of metaphysics through Jean-Francois Lyotard's The Postmodern Condition.


 PHIL 301 - Ancient Philosophy

Instructor: Wood

Time: MWF 2:00-2:50, CRN: 16830

In this course we will look primarily at the foundations of philosophy in ancient Greece, moving from the greatest Presocratic thinkers, Heraclitus and Parmenides, to the thought of Plato and Aristotle. In between, we will compare the origins of philosophy in ancient China in the thought of Confucius and Laozi. Although the course is historical in form, it is thoroughly philosophical in content. That means questions of historical development will be subordinated to certain core philosophical questions: What is the nature of being and the cosmos?  What is the nature of human beings and human society?  What is the good and the good life?  What is happiness, and how can human beings achieve it?  The ancients engaged in continuous dialogue about these and other questions, and it will be our task to enter into that conversation and consider its relevance for our own lives and society.

PHIL 399-Thesis Review II

Instructor: Brady

Time: T/Th 4:00-5:15, CRN: 1123

2 Credit Hours
A review of progress on the Senior Thesis. Graduating senior majors.

PHIL 306 - 20th Cent Continental Phil

Instructor: Dwyer

Time: MWF 1:00-1:50 CRN: 16831

One or more of the important continental philosophical movements in the twentieth century, such as phenomenology, existentialism, Marxism, post-structuralism.

PHIL 339 - Revolution & Its Aftermath

Instructor: Frankel

Time: T/Th 11:30-12:45, CRN: 11232

This course explores the theoretical articulation and response to the American and French Revolutions, paying attention to how modern political thought emerges as a dialogue about the meaning of these revolutions.

PHIL 329-Bioethics

Instructor: Hurd

Time: T/Th 4:00-5:15, CRN: 11224

These past two years of pandemic have been some of the most active times for bioethicians around the world. The course draws from the authorities in philosophical and theological ethics over the centuries (including current writers) to address several “hot topics,” such as the pandemic, climate change, artificial intelligence in health care, LGBT+ issues, etc.


PHIL 387 - Oppression and Ecology

Instructor: Henning

Time: T/Th 2:30-3:45, CRN: 11945

The twin concepts of “nature” and “culture” seem, at first blush, to indicate mutually exclusive spheres of activity. However, the more we reflect on the interaction between our ideas and the biophysical world, the less certain the conceptual distinction becomes. This course draws on metaphysics, postcolonialism, and environmental ethics to trace how the concept of “nature” has contributed to ecological loss, the subjugation of women and BIPOC, and has prevented us from responding effectively to the climate crisis. We will read the philosophy of Michel Foucault, Frantz Fanon, Vandana Shiva, and John Dewey; Consider how Richard Powers’ Pulitzer prizewinning novel The Overstory communicates the groundbreaking ecological research of Suzanne Simard; and try to face the disproportionate effect of climate change in the global south that Rob Nixon has called “Slow Violence.”.



PHIL 389 - Topics In Ethics: Self-Help in Ancient Thought

Instructor: Tsalla

Time: WF 3:00-4:15, CRN: 11937

This class will examine Ancient alternatives to contemporary paradigms for self-help. We will focus on the Hellenistic Schools of Philosophy and their shared emphasis on rigorous programs of practical, ethical training that promised individual happiness.  Such emphasis on training practices offers the opportunity to reflect on the ancient Greco-Roman conception of self-help and on the psychological and socio/political assumptions that support it.

PHIL 337-Responses to Liberalism

Instructor: Dianda

Time: T/Th 10:00-11:15, CRN: 16881

This course engages the question, Does liberalism provide the best model for political life? Throughout this course we will look at criticisms of and alternatives to liberalism offered by Marxism, anarchism, progressivism, fascism, communism, and others. Taking seriously such alternatives to liberalism, we will gain insight into the range of political organizations that are conceivable as well as the desirability, achievability, and promise of these alternatives. We will focus on thinkers such as Emma Goldman, Karl Marx, Mao Zedong, Giovanni Gentile, Carl Schmidt, V.I. Lenin.