Philosophy Summer Courses


    Reason, Logic, and the Idols of Thought

  • PHIL 8

    Session 2

    Students cultivate their ability to distill and critically assess the barrage of argument and rhetoric with which they are confronted every day--on the Internet, in the media, on campus--and learn to subject their own thoughts to more rigorous, logical standards. (Formerly Logic, Numbers, and Emotion: Thinking Clearly in Everyday Life.) (General Education Code(s): SR.)

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    Instructor: Jordon Dopkins


  • Introduction to Logic

  • PHIL 9

    Session 2

    A first course in symbolic deductive logic. Major topics include (but are not limited to) the study of systems of sentential logic and predicate logic, including formal deduction, semantics, and translation from natural to symbolic languages. (General Education Code(s): MF.)

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    Instructor: Aaron Franklin


  • Introduction to Philosophy (online)

  • PHIL 11

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    An introduction to the main areas of philosophy through critical reflection on and analysis of both classical and contemporary texts. Focuses on central and enduring problems in philosophy such as skepticism about the external world, the mind-body problem, and the nature of morality. (General Education Code(s): TA, IH.)

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    Instructor: David Donley

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  • Ethical Theory: Life is Strange

  • PHIL 22

    Session 1

    A consideration of ethical issues and theories focusing on the foundation of moral value and the principles governing character and behavior. Designed to extend and develop the student's abilities in philosophical reasoning about ethics. (General Education Code(s): CC, IH.) 

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    Instructor: Abraham Joyal


  • Bioethics in the 21st Century: Science, Business, and Society

  • PHIL 80G

    Session 2

    Serves science and non-science majors interested in bioethics. Guest speakers and instructors lead discussions of major ethical questions having arisen from research in genetics, medicine, and industries supported by this knowledge. (Also offered as Biomolecular Engineering 80G. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): PE-T, T6-Natural Sciences or Humanities and Arts.) Also listed as BME 80G.

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    Instructor: Sandra Dreisbach


  • Holistic Healing and Non-Western Medicine

  • PHIL 80H

    Session 1

    This course is an adventure into the “big questions” of philosophy by means of a cross-cultural inquiry into the nature of health and healing. All medical traditions ground themselves in a set of philosophical assumptions, whether obvious or subtle. In this course, we will consider both the science and the philosophical background of some of the medical theories and practices that fit under the rubric of Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine, and we will probe the strengths and limitations of the conventional western model as well. Some of the claims of alternative medicine seem quite suspicious. What is the empirical evidence for these alternative theories and practices? How can we properly evaluate their potential for supporting our well-being? In answering these questions, we will take an empirical, contemplative approach, practicing meditation and Qigong as part of our quest to understand health, wholeness, and the meaning of life. (General Education Code(s): CC.) 

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    Instructor: Nickolas Knightly


  • Epistemology

  • PHIL 121

    Session 1

    Prerequisites and restrictions lifted in summer for all students.

    A sustained look at central problems in epistemology. Topics might include the problem of other minds, the nature of justification and knowledge, skepticism of the external world, the nature and limits of human rationality, the problem of induction. (Formerly Knowledge and Rationality.) Prerequisite(s): course 9; course 11 or 22 or 24; course 100A or 100B or 100C.

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    Instructor: Brett Dinovo


  • Advanced Ethics

  • PHIL 142

    Session 1

    Prerequisites and restrictions lifted in summer for all students.

    An examination of central issues in ethical theory including the nature of and justification for the moral point of view, the place of reason in ethics, the status of moral principles, and the nature of moral experience. Prerequisite(s): course 9; course 22, 24, or 28, and course 100A or 100B or 100C.

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    Instructor: Cynthia Tibbetts


  • Aesthetics

  • PHIL 152

    Session 2

    Prerequisites and restrictions lifted in summer for all students.

    Problems about form, meaning, and interpretation in art, as found in major aesthetic theories from the philosophical tradition, and also in a variety of encounters between recent philosophy and the arts. Prerequisite(s): course 100A or 100B or 100C.

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    Instructor: Steven Haug