Philosophy

PHIL 100-C01 Introduction to Philosophy                                

Paul Omoyefa                 CRN 12193                 MWF 1030-1120  

Philosophy 100 is an introduction to the study of philosophy. It is intended to introduce you to philosophical questions, to give you an idea of what some of history’s greatest philosophers have said about them, and to help you learn how to articulate philosophical concerns of your own. The branches of philosophy considered in the course will be selected from ethics, aesthetics, logic, metaphysics, political philosophy and the theory of knowledge.

 

PHIL 150-C01 Critical Thinking                                                   

Paul Omoyefa                 CRN 12196                 MWF 1330-1420  

Critical thinking—also called logic—is the study of how to distinguish good reasoning from bad, correct thinking from incorrect. It’s a little like grammar: we use it all the time, usually without thinking about it. But like grammar, critical thinking involves universal rules that you may not be familiar with. Studying these rules will help you to use them more effectively, and so to become a better thinker. In the first half of the course, we’ll study some of the basic concepts of critical thinking. We’ll pay particular attention to the concept of an argument, and to related notions such as classification and definition. We’ll also study techniques that you can use to assess the strength of an argument and to spot fallacies (errors in reasoning). The second part of the course will be devoted to somewhat more technical topics. We’ll spend several weeks studying classical deductive logic as developed by Aristotle. We’ll also take a look at modern propositional logic, at inductive logic, and at the connections between critical thinking and other important topics.

 

PHIL 243-C01 Philosophy of Human Nature                            

Michael Siebert               CRN 12199                      TR 1130-1245  

A study of classical and contemporary views on human nature. These views will be drawn from a variety of philosophical traditions such as the classical and medieval tradition, the Cartesian view, and the dialectical tradition, as well as recent views to be found in the writings of naturalistic, analytic, phenomenological, and existential philosophers.