Philosophy Undergraduate Courses

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MET PH 101 Basic Problems of Philosophy

Introduction to classical philosophical problems concerning human nature and knowledge, freedom and morality, and reason and justice.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PH 110 Great Philosophers
Fall ‘15

Introduction to the life and thought of five preeminent philosophers from classical times through the modern era.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Staff STH 113 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET PH 150 Introduction to Ethics
Fall ‘15

Who ought we to be, what ought we to do, what ought we to strive for? Examination of our obligations to ourselves, to other humans, and to the natural world in light of ethical theory and contemporary problems. Readings from a wide range of texts in philosophical ethics.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Julian STH B20 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET PH 155 Politics and Philosophy

A study of the theoretical foundations of modern industrial democracy, with special attention paid to the Enlightenment. Readings from Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau, Madison and Toqueville. 4cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PH 160 Reasoning and Argumentation
Fall ‘15

A systematic study of the principles of both deductive and informal reasoning, with an emphasis on reasoning and argumentation in ordinary discourse.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Staff STH B20 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET PH 248 Existentialism

Analysis of existentialism as a movement or orientation in contemporary philosophy. Topics include contingency and the grounds for belief and value; depth, superficiality, and the intense life; commitment and open-mindedness; tragedy and the healthy self; boredom, anxiety, and adventure; and existentialism as a philosophy of the possible.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PH 265 Minds and Machines

An examination of the efforts of artificial intelligence to model the human mind and explain human thought by means of suitably programmed computers. Attention is given to the historical and mathematical origins of such efforts, as well as the main psychological and philosophical assumptions on which they depend.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PH 270 Philosophy of Science

Main features of the scientific enterprise will be illustrated by examples in the study of physics, biology, and mind: the aims of scientific activities, the nature of scientific understanding and procedures, the structure and interpretation of scientific theories, and the development of science.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PH 300 History of Ancient Philosophy

Classical Greek philosophy from the pre-Socratics through Plato and Aristotle.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PH 310 History of Modern Philosophy

Main currents of modern philosophical thought from Descartes through Kant.   [ 4 cr. ]