Philosophy

Course Information

Introductory courses in philosophy address fundamental questions, such as: Is there such a thing as truth? Are human beings free? What does it mean to be human? What are our duties towards non-human animals and the environment? What kind of society best embodies justice and fairness? How do I justify knowledge claims? Can computers think? Does time have a beginning? For a list of introductory courses taught this year, click here.

Students who are interested in ethical and social problems may consider taking such courses as: Contemporary Ethical Issues, Environmental Ethics, Healthcare Ethics, Humans and Animals, Topics in Social Justice, Philosophy of Sexuality, Feminist Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Computers and Culture as well as Biology, Society, and Values.

For those who are interested in understanding the origin and development of central ideas that have shaped our culture, we recommend courses in the history of philosophy: Ancient Greek Philosophy, Aristotle, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Descartes to Hume, Kant to Nietzsche, along with Existentialism, Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Art, and our special course on the Trial and Execution of Socrates. Students who enjoy formal and symbolic reasoning and thinking about abstract concepts should consider the following courses: Practical Logic, Symbolic Logic (I and II), Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Philosophy of Computing, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Mind, and Metaphysics. Risk, Choice and Rationality has broad applications to the sciences and social sciences as well as in practical decision-making.

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