PHIL 311:Aesthetics

Concerning fundamental issues in philosophy of the arts; problems examined include the nature of art and aesthetic experience, the relationship of art objects to the reality they represent, artistic expression, and authenticity.

PHIL 310:African Philosophy

A cross cultural examination of African traditional thought about fundamental aspects of human existence as reflected in conceptions of God, nature, personhood, destiny, morality, the good society.

PHIL 309:Philosophy of History

Introducing the realist (naturalist) vs. idealist (subjectivist) debate about the subject matter of history, the structure of historical explanation, methods and criteria for studying antiquity, the controversy concerning Black Athena.

PHIL 308:Philosophy of Aristotle

A logical and exegetical analysis of the key ideas and concepts that constitute the framework of Aristotle’s philosophy, in the areas of investigative methodology; metaphysics, ethics, humanity, and theology.



PHIL 307:Rationalism

Addresses the legacy of the seventeenth century European Enlightenment and its antecedents in the Abbasid Empire, when the reliance upon the individual’s systematic reasoning to understand the world took precedence over appeal to authority of ancient...

PHIL 306:Empiricism

Critical survey of classical and modern texts that propose knowledge is somehow based upon sense experience.  Discussion focuses upon works in the British empiricism of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Reid, and...

PHIL 305:Philosophy of Mind

An examination of modern and classical problems connected with the notion of mind as it emerged from the European Enlightenment’s mechanistic worldview, including the place of consciousness in the physical world, diagnostic methods for treating...

PHIL 304:Social and Political Philosophy

An examination of principles central to the normative appraisals of human agency and institutions involving the concepts of justice, legitimate authority, sovereignty, power, self-determination, democratic governance, representation, participation, obligation...

PHIL 303:Moral Philosophy

Distinguishing normative reasoning from meta-ethics, this course will study the foundations, nature, and function of morality, covering scepticism, naturalist and subjectivist vs. realist theories of morality, varieties of ethical relativism and objectivism,...

PHIL 302:Socratic Philosophy

A critical introduction to Plato’s Socratic Dialogues, with special emphasis on analyses and discussions of the enduring scholarly issues in Socratic method(s), epistemology, ethics, politics and religion.