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CCPS Philosophy Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
PHIL 100: Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
PHIL 101: The Meaning of Life

200 Level Courses:
PHIL 201: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 210: Ethics 
PHIL 276: Field Experience
PHIL 290: A-Z Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
PHIL 300: Ancient Greek to Medieval Philosophy: Socrates to Aquinas
PHIL 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care
PHIL 320: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 371: Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 376: Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 390: A-Z Selected Topics

400 Level Courses:
PHIL 490: A-Z Selected Topics

PHIL 100: Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking. 3 hours.

This course helps students learn to think clearly, concisely and analytically, through a familiarity with the reasoning methods of logic in terms of learning how to define terms, formulate arguments, and analyze statements critically and objectively. The course deals with the language of logic and the methods of deductive and inductive reasoning.

PHIL 101: The Meaning of Life. 3 hrs.

The meaning of life is a question that all people confront at some point in their lives. This course will take up this question, reading selections from the writings of great thinkers in both the Eastern and Western intellectual traditions, and using the tools of conceptual analysis and critique to assess the various answers that have been given to it. The following is a partial list of themes that will be covered during the course of a semester. The course seeks to provide students with an introduction to the fundamental issues at stake, along with the means for assessing these issues. The aim is to get students to reflect on their lives and what makes them meaningful, and then to articulate their own vision of a meaningful life.

PHIL 201: Introduction to Philosophy. 3 hours.

A comparative and critical study of the major philosophic positions with a view to developing the analytic, synthetic and speculative dimensions of philosophical methods.

PHIL 210: Ethics. 3 hours.

Ethics is a writing-intensive course that uses both formal and informal writing as the primary medium in which students explore, reflect and draw conclusions regarding values questions. Some of the topics that will be covered in the course are relativism, subjectivism, religion and morality, environmental ethics, issues in business and medical ethics, utilitarianism and consequentialism, Kantian moral theory and issues in political theory.

PHIL 276: Field Experience. 1-3 hours.

Allows students to apply skills and abilities gained through studies in the department (e.g., critical thinking and logic, values analysis, medical ethics, Hebrew, Greek, etc.) to specific and practical contexts in the larger community. Recent experiences include serving as critical-thinking mentors in the Phelps Gifted Education Program and for middle and high school students involved in the STEP UP program. Students will receive one credit hour per 40-50 hours of experience/service.

PHIL 300: Ancient Greek to Medieval Philosophy:  Socrates to Aquinas. 3 hours.

An introduction to the prominent figures and doctrinal developments in the history of philosophy from the ancient Greek philosophers to Medieval philosophy. The course focuses on the primary texts of the pre-Socratics, the Sophists, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, among others, examining their reflections on metaphysics, science and epistemology, as well as ethics and political philosophy.

PHIL 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care. 3 hours.

This course explores the ethical dilemmas confronting contemporary medicine. It both inquires into a broad range of topics (abortion, euthanasia, health care costs, organ transplantation, etc.) and provides a thorough study of ethical theories that may be applied to address the dilemmas of modern medicine.

PHIL 320: Environmental Ethics. 3 hours.

This course seeks to develop a better understanding of both the factual and ethical dimensions of our current and possible future environments. Explores several contemporary approaches in environmental ethics (including: deep ecology, ecofeminism, animal rights, market efficiencies, the loss of biodiversity and responses from deontological, utilitarian, and virtue ethics, etc.) and representative theoretical problems (e.g., Aldo Leopold’s “land ethic” vs. natural rights views, ecological holism vs. moral atomism, market efficiency vs. moral obligations, etc.) Using a case-study approach, students then learn to apply different ethical frameworks to several ethical choices occasioned by human interaction with the natural order.

PHIL 371: Contemporary Moral Issues. 3 hours.

Study of some of the major ethical problems confronting American society today; medical issues including abortion and the question of death, crime and punishment, women’s rights, the value of a business society, the problems of race. Attention will be given to several philosophical perspectives but primary emphasis will be on discussing the values involved in various ways of resolving actual moral issues.

PHIL 376: Philosophy of Religion. 3 hours.

A critical examination of some of the major interpretations of God, humanity, evil, human destiny and history, and immortality. Each student is encouraged to work out a personal constructive philosophy of religion.

PHIL 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

PHIL 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research.

PHIL 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship.