Philosophy

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PHIL 010 - Critical Thinking

In this course students will develop the ability to generate arguments and to test and evaluate arguments. As you develop these two skills you will discover that they are interrelated; you will see how the ability to generate arguments is of great use in testing arguments, and vice versa.

PHIL 012 - Symbolic Logic

This course provides a comprehensive first course in the formal study of argumentation, or symbolic logic. Following an introduction to the basic elements of logic, students will learn to work with two logical systems or languages for symbolizing and evaluating propositions and arguments; namely, propositional logic and predicate logic. In addition to helping students develop basic competencies in symbolic logic, the course should help students improve their critical thinking and analytical skills, and serve as a preparation for more advanced topics in logic.

PHIL 014 - Philosophy of Love and Sex

This course provides an examination of theories and attitudes concerning love and sexuality that have been prevalent in the Western world. Course topics will include philosophical and theological conceptions of sex and love and ethical issues related to these topics, including monogamy, same-sex marriage, cultural differences, pornography, and consent.

PHIL 103 - Introduction to Ethics

This course introduces students to the major aspects of ethics: the natures of ethical reasoning, the major ethical traditions and their similarities and contrasts, as well as enduring ethical issues that link theory to practice in critical ways.

PHIL 103W - Introduction to Ethics

This course has three primary purposes. One is to familiarize you with major western ethical theories and concepts from historical as well as contemporary authors. The second major goal of this course is to cultivate your writing skills. Since the argumentative essay is well suited to addressing ethical issues, it is the form of writing on which we will concentrate. The third goal of this course, intimately connected with the other two, is to further develop your own philosophical approach to ethics.

PHIL 105 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics

In substantial part, this course will address the law, which touches in some way every public thing we do and many private things as well.  We shall limit our focus to civil law, which concerns disputes between private citizens and corporations; and where the government is involved in a civil matter, the provisions of the civil law affect us every day.

PHIL 119 - Ethical Leadership

Particularly for those who will enter the business world, it is vital to understand what is expected of a moral leader and how the moral qualities of a leader play into his or her effectiveness or ability to lead.  In this course, we will look at a number of very different texts:  some are classics of moral philosophy, some are dramatic depictions of leaders in action, some are modern examples of both good and bad leadership.  Throughout, we will attempt to draw parallels between our historical and fictional examples and modern circumstances.

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