Philosophy (PL) Course Descriptions


1003 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
An introduction to several major thinkers, traditions, and problems in philosophy.  Some consideration is given to philosophical method, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and ethics.

2013 Logic (3)
A study of correct formal and informal reasoning.  Includes a discussion of deductive and inductive arguments, as well as formal and informal fallacies. 

3213 Ancient & Medieval Philosophy (3)
A study of Greek and Roman philosophers with emphasis on Plato and Aristotle. An examination of major concerns of medieval philosophy with emphasis on the works of Thomas Aquinas.

3223 Modern Philosophy (3)
A study of major philosophical issues from the Enlightenment through the twentieth century.  Includes works from such philosophers as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Reid, and Kant. 

3433 Ethical Theory (3) - Honors credit available
A survey of major theories in the history of moral philosophy.  Includes works from such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Mill, and contemporary moral philosophers.

3533 Biomedical Ethics (3)
The course will begin with brief consideration of ethical theory and proceeds to a consideration of the major problems of bioethics: medical confidentiality, informed consent, the allocation of scarce medical resources, abortion, euthanasia, and the physician-patient relationship. Consideration will be given to biblical perspectives.

366V Business & Professional Ethics (1, 2, 3)
Lectures, readings and case studies will be used to focus attention on the major problems in the ethics of business and professional life. Consideration will be given to biblical perspectives.

3nnV Topics in Philosophy (1, 2, 3)
Selected readings around a contemporary issue of philosophical significance. May be repeated. (The middle two digits will vary depending on the topic chosen.)

4003 Metaphysics (3)
An examination and critique of various presuppositions about the nature of reality and the implications of those presuppositions.

4013 Philosophy of Religion (3) - Honors credit available
A study of some of the basic philosophical issues pertaining to religion, with attention given to the arguments for and against the existence of God, the rationality of belief in miracles, the problem of evil, religious language, and experience.  (Satisfies an elective Bible requirement.)

4993 Seminar in Philosophy (3)
Required of all majors. Prerequisites: Philosophy 1003, 2013.

4nnV Readings and Independent Study in Philosophy (1, 2, 3)
A course designed for independent study for students majoring or minoring in philosophy. Reading, research, and writing will be assigned to provide the student with opportunities to extend learning programs in the philosophy curriculum. Three hours are permitted toward the major or minor. Permission of instructor required.