PHILOSOPHY


PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy: Main Problems

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
2nd Summer Session 2019 (5½ weeks: June 24–July 30)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This course has two related objectives.

First, this course aims to acquaint you with some of the most prominent debates in the Western philosophical tradition. You will be asked to think carefully and critically about the merits of various prominent responses to the following three questions.

  • Do we have free will?
  • What is the relationship between the mind and the body?
  • How much can we really know?

By the end of the term, students will be well-positioned to develop and argue for their own answers to these questions.

Second, but perhaps more importantly, this course aims to equip you with a certain set of skills can be usefully applied in a variety of different domains outside of philosophy.  Both in your writing and through discussion with your peers on the forums, you will learn to communicate clearly and concisely, effectively reconstruct arguments for a position or view from a piece of text, critically evaluate arguments, construct persuasive arguments in defense of a position or view, and anticipate potential objections to a position or view.

This course has no prerequisites and is designed for students without prior exposure to philosophy.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Macy Salzberger; Tamara Fakhoury
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit Hours: 3
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PHIL 105: How to Reason and Argue: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
2nd Summer Session 2019 (5½ weeks: June 24–July 30)
Fall Semester 2019 (August 20–December 13)

A course on how to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people and how to construct arguments. Topics include argument reconstruction, informal logic, fallacies, introductory formal logic, and probabilistic reasoning.

Required Texts/Materials

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Ram Neta; Sara Copic
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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PHIL 155: Introduction to Mathematical Logic

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
2nd Summer Session 2019 (5½ weeks: June 24–July 30)
Fall Semester 2019 (August 20–December 13)

Mathematical logic is the study of certain precisely specified formal languages. In this course we will study these languages and their applications. Mathematical logic has proven to be extremely useful in a number of different disciplines. First, it is helpful in the study of good and valid reasoning. We will use these formal languages to study valid and invalid forms of reasoning, and how to distinguish them. Secondly, mathematical logic is useful in the study of natural languages, and we will see some illustrative examples of this. Finally, mathematical logic is crucial for computer science and foundational issues in mathematics. Although these latter two areas quickly get into more advanced topics, we will be able to discuss some highlights of these uses of logic.

Required Texts/Materials

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Cheryl Abbate; Phillip Bold
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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PHIL 165: Bioethics

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
2nd Summer Session 2019 (5½ weeks: June 24–July 30)
Fall Semester 2019 (August 20–December 13)

This course has two related objectives:

First, this course aims to acquaint you with some of the questions and the philosophical responses to questions that dominate contemporary thinking in the field of bioethics. You will be asked to think carefully and critically about the merits of competing responses to these questions. You will also learn to apply the theoretical tools that philosophers have developed to address these questions in analyzing particular cases. By the end of the term, you will be well-positioned to develop and argue for your own answers to these questions.

Second, but perhaps more importantly, this course aims to equip you with a certain set of skills that can be usefully applied in a variety of different domains outside of philosophy. Both in your papers and in your discussion forum posts, you will practice employing abstract principles to analyze particular cases, effectively reconstructing arguments for a position or view from a piece of text, critically evaluating arguments, constructing persuasive arguments in defense of a position or view, and anticipating potential objections to a position or view.

This course has no prerequisites and is designed for students without prior exposure to philosophy.

Required Texts/Materials

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Eric Sampson; Ian Cruise
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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Online Orientation

Online orientation

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