Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts Degree: 182.0 - 188.0 credits

About the Program

The Drexel philosophy program is organized around the idea that the study of philosophy should help students confront life's most difficult and complex challenges, including those of work. Philosophy classes at Drexel involve students in the active development of their reflective, creative, rational, logical, and linguistic abilities by engaging them with the problems of life and the world. The Drexel philosophy major is an excellent preparation for success in any field of endeavor that values thoughtful reflection, logical thinking, and clear communication about real issues and concerns. But it is particularly valuable as a preparation for careers in the law, or in graduate study in philosophy, or in fields related to philosophy like critical media studies, public policy, or science, technology, and society (STS).
 
During their first two years, Drexel philosophy majors take a sequence of historical and topical introductions into the foundational fields of western philosophy. These fields include ethics, metaphysics (philosophy of reality), epistemology (philosophy of knowledge), aesthetics (philosophy of art and beauty), and logic. In their third year, majors begin taking seminar classes, which are discussion-driven, reading- and writing-intensive classes of 8 to 12 students. During senior year, majors complete a year-long, self-designed research and writing project, culminating in the defense of a Senior Thesis before the program's faculty and students. This project consists of three one-on-one tutorials with a faculty member of the student’s choosing.
 

The philosophy BA includes 48 credits of free electives, which makes it possible for many students to double major. The Drexel philosophy program also offers a minor in philosophy (24 credits) and certificate programs in Philosophy in the Arts and Humanities and Philosophy in Science and Technology, (18 credits each).

Additional Information

For more information about Drexel philosophy classes and programs, please visit the Department of English & Philosophy website or drop by to see our director anytime. The Department of English and Philosophy is located in MacAlister Hall, room 5044. You can contact the director directly at:

Dr. Peter Amato
Director of Programs in Philosophy
Department of English and Philosophy

MacAlister 5030
215-895-1353

 

Degree Requirements 

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
CHEM 201Why Things Work: Everyday Chemistry3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I *4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II **4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PHYS 135How Things Work4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two Studies in Diversity Electives 6.0
Two International Studies Electives6.0-8.0
Four Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives12.0-16.0
Select two of the following:6.0
History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval
History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern
History of Art: Early to Late Modern
Language Requirement
201 Language Course 4.0
202 Language Course4.0
Major Requirements
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 111Propositional Logic3.0
PHIL 207Predicate Logic3.0
PHIL 211Metaphysics3.0
PHIL 221Epistemology3.0
PHIL 212Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 214Modern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 215Contemporary Philosophy3.0
PHIL 231Aesthetics3.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
PHIL 361Philosophy of Science3.0
PHIL 431 [WI] Seminar in Modern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 481 [WI] Seminar in a Philosophical School 3.0
PHIL 485 [WI] Seminar in a Major Philosopher 3.0
PHIL 497 [WI] Senior Essay I: Research & Thesis3.0
PHIL 498 [WI] Senior Essay II: Argument Construction3.0
PHIL 499 [WI] Senior Essay III: Defense3.0
PHIL 391Philosophy of Religion3.0
or PHIL 371 Philosophy of Social Sciences
PHIL 421 [WI] Seminar in Ancient Philosophy3.0
or PHIL 425 Seminar in Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 461 [WI] Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy3.0
or PHIL 465 Seminar in American Philosophy
Professional Ethics Elective
Select one of the following:3.0
Business Ethics
Communication Ethics
Computer Ethics
Engineering Ethics
Ethics and Design Professions
Biomedical Ethics
Ethics of Human Enhancement
Organizational Ethics
Ethics in Sports Management
Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
Global Ethical Issues
Environmental Ethics
Electives
Free Electives48.0
Total Credits182.0-188.0

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Credit will be granted to students who achieve Advanced Placement (AP) in relevant mathematical disciplines. On the other hand, students unprepared for MATH 101 should take MATH 100 Fundamentals of Mathematics.

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Students who took MATH 100 in Term 1 must take MATH 101 in Term 2, and MATH 102 in Term 3 or Term 4.

Presupposes a level of success in the placement examination warranting enrollment at this language level. Students are encouraged to pursue language instruction in “the languages of Western Philosophy;” thus, French, German, Italian and Spanish would be recommended. However, pursuit of proficiency in languages other than those recommended would not be discouraged. Credit will be granted to students who achieve Advanced Placement (AP) in a language.

This course may be repeated for credit.


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study

 

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
Language 2014.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
CHEM 201Why Things Work: Everyday Chemistry3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
PHIL 111Propositional Logic3.0
Language 2024.0
Social science elective 3.0-4.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 4
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
PHIL 207Predicate Logic3.0
PHIL 212Ancient Philosophy3.0
Social science elective 3.0-4.0
Diversity studies elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 5
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
PHIL 211Metaphysics3.0
PHIL 214Modern Philosophy3.0
PHYS 135How Things Work4.0
Diversity studies elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
PHIL 215Contemporary Philosophy3.0
PHIL 221Epistemology3.0
Social science elective 3.0-4.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 7
PHIL 231Aesthetics3.0
Professional ethics elective*3.0
Free electives 6.0
Social science elective 3.0-4.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 8
PHIL 361Philosophy of Science3.0
PHIL 481 [WI] Seminar in a Philosophical School3.0
Free electives 6.0
International studies elective 3.0-4.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 9
PHIL 485 [WI] Seminar in a Major Philosopher3.0
Free Electives 9.0
International Studies Elective 3.0-4.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 10
PHIL 421 [WI] Seminar in Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 497 [WI] Senior Essay I: Research & Thesis3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 11
PHIL 431 [WI] Seminar in Modern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 498 [WI] Senior Essay II: Argument Construction3.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
PHIL 391Philosophy of Religion3.0
PHIL 461 [WI] Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy3.0
PHIL 499 [WI] Senior Essay III: Defense3.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits18.0
Total Credit: 182.0-188.0

 

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Complete a course within this range:  PHIL 301 - PHIL 340.


Minor in Philosophy

This minor is intended for undergraduates seeking to broaden and enhance their education by attaining a firm grounding in philosophy. The minor requires seven carefully-selected classes, plus one of the senior seminars. Students who have completed 30.0 credits may apply for the philosophy minor by submitting the Application for Admission to Minor Program form, available online at the Drexel Central website.

Required Courses
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 211Metaphysics3.0
PHIL 221Epistemology3.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Critical Reasoning
Propositional Logic
Select one of the following Professional Ethics courses:3.0
Business Ethics
Communication Ethics
Computer Ethics
Engineering Ethics
Ethics and Design Professions
Biomedical Ethics
Ethics of Human Enhancement
Organizational Ethics
Ethics in Sports Management
Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
Global Ethical Issues
Select one of the following:3.0
Aesthetics
Social & Political Philos
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of the Environment
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Social Sciences
Philosophy in Literature
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion
Select one of the following:3.0
Seminar in Ancient Philosophy
Seminar in Medieval Philosophy
Seminar in Modern Philosophy
Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy
Total Credits24.0

 

Additional Information

For more information about the Drexel philosophy minor, please visit or contact the program director:

Dr. Peter Amato
Director of Programs in Philosophy
Department of English and Philosophy

MacAlister 5030

215-895-1353

peterama@drexel.edu

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Opportunities

No major prepares students for success in as wide a variety of careers as a philosophy major does. Because philosophical work helps students develop superior reasoning, communication, and analytical skills, a philosophy major can be an ideal choice for students in pre-med or pre-law. It is also particularly valuable as a preparation for graduate study in philosophy, and in fields related to philosophy such as critical media studies, public policy, and science, technology, and society (STS). The Drexel philosophy major is an excellent preparation for success in any field of endeavor that values thoughtful reflection, logical thinking, and clear communication. Philosophy majors graduate into a wide range of successful careers in business, industry, law, government, and service organizations and agencies as well as many fields of graduate study and research.

In only its first five years, the Drexel philosophy program has graduated students into careers including the law, public policy, and academic philosophy taking them to The Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, The New School, and Northeastern University.

Co-op Experiences

Philosophy students at Drexel are encouraged to seek out interesting co-op opportunities related to the skills and interests they are developing through their philosophical studies and potential career options they would like to explore. These can be as broad as the difference between an ethics-related co-op that has the student shadowing an ethicist working for a hospital’s board of institutional review, to a student who is interested in aesthetics and politics working with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program in liaison with community groups. Students in philosophy who are pre-law frequently pursue law-related co-ops and co-ops at public and private agencies and organizations that employ lawyers and law students. Students in philosophy who are thinking about careers in academia have the full gamut of writing, editing, and publishing co-ops available to them, as well as research related co-ops they can develop by working with professors. While academically-oriented co-ops and co-ops in the Humanities generally pay less than those in the sciences, business, law, and engineering—if they pay at all—they are still enormously valuable as a way for students to develop a sense of what various careers might actually be like and how they work.

For detailed information on co-op and career opportunities, visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center web page. For further information about co-op and career prospects related to philosophy, contact the Drexel philosophy program director:

Dr. Peter Amato

Director of Programs in Philosophy

Department of English and Philosophy

MacAlister 5030
215-895-1353

peterama@drexel.edu

Courses

PHIL 101 Introduction to Western Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Introduces the main methods and aims of Western Philosophy, involving the study of problems central to metaphysics, theory of knowledge, and ethics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 102 Introduction to Eastern Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Introduction to the main topics of study in Buddhist, Hindu and other systems of Eastern thought.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 105 Critical Reasoning 3.0 Credits

Introduces and develops the skills involved in reasoning effectively about experience, and being able to distinguish strong arguments form weak ones.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 107 Philosophy and Knowledge Organization 3.0 Credits

This course imparts knowledge and skills associated with organizing concepts. The context for the course is the history of knowledge organization, viewed philosophically, with special emphasis on the Platonic, Cartesian, Kantian, Comtean and Digital paradigms. Students will learn to recognize the classical principles of knowledge organization and how to apply them using a "logic of concepts." Students will also come to understand how and why knowledge is organized the way it is in the modern university.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 111 Propositional Logic 3.0 Credits

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of symbolic logic: argument, validity, soundness, provability, completeness, consistency, decidability, entailment, logical equivalence, logical truth, logical contradiction. Covers truth-functional connectives, rules of formation and translation, and rules of inference. Proof techniques studied include natural deduction, truth-tables, and/or truth-trees.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 207 Predicate Logic 3.0 Credits

Concentrates on syntax and semantics of quantification. Formation principles include A, E, I, and O statements (and square of opposition), domain of discourse, quantifier scope, multiple quantification, relations, and identity. Proof mechanics covered include natural deduction, instantiation, semantic tableaux, and possible-world counterexamples. Also explored are the completeness, consistency, and decidability of first-order systems.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHIL 111 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 210 Philosophy of Sport 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about philosophical issues arising in sport, in areas including its personal, social, aesthetic, and political dimensions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 211 Metaphysics 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about the nature of reality and philosophical issues such as the nature of time, mind, personal identity, and free will.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHIL 101 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 212 Ancient Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Studies central works that have shaped Western Philosophy and culture from the Ancient Greek era and its legacy.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 214 Modern Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Studies central works that have shaped Western Philosophy and culture from the Renaissance through the late Nineteenth Century.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 215 Contemporary Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Studies central works that have had important impacts upon Western Philosophy and culture from the Twentieth Century through the present.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 216 Philosophy of Time 3.0 Credits

In this course we will study philosophical problems surrounding the nature of time. We will consider questions like, "Does the present exist?"; "Does time have a direction?"; "Are events pre-determined?"; "Is time travel possible?"; etc. Students will read and discuss treatments of these issues in philosophy, literature, and film.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 221 Epistemology 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about knowledge that bear upon philosophical issues concerned with the nature and status of knowledge claims as expressed in concepts like belief, truth, and justification.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHIL 101 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 231 Aesthetics 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about art and the nature of beauty that bear on philosophical issues concerned with artistic production, performance, and perception, such as arise in activities like painting, sculpture, film literature, music, and dance.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 241 Social & Political Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about human social and political life that bear on philosophical issues such as the nature and scope of justice, the legitimacy of states, and the relationship between democracy, civil rights, and civil disobedience.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 251 Ethics 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about human conduct which bear upon the rightness and wrongness of actions, and the goodness and badness of ends, including the nature, scope, purposes, and varieties of moral and ethical theories.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 255 Philosophy of Sex & Love 3.0 Credits

This course investigates sexual activity and desire, and the morality of sexual behavior. It also examines various types of love and their links with sexuality. Figures studied include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Kierkegaard, Freud and Foucault. Topics include marriage, prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, perversion, rape, intentionality, irreplaceability, unconditionality, reciprocity, and exclusivity.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 301 Business Ethics 3.0 Credits

Study of such moral issues as truth-telling, puffery, and lying in business communications; employer-employee relations; obligations to customers; obligations to foreign populations; and government contracts.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 305 Communication Ethics 3.0 Credits

Ethical analysis of current laws and legislation aimed at regulating speech in the context of mass communications (radio, television and film).

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 311 Computer Ethics 3.0 Credits

Ethical analyses of current laws and pending legislation aimed at regulating computer use as well as Internet practices and content.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 315 Engineering Ethics 3.0 Credits

Provides critical reflection on the nature of engineering and technology and on the ethical obligations and responsibilities unique to the engineering profession. Topics include the social responsibilities of engineering, the nature of professionalism, professional autonomy, whistleblowing, conflicts of interest, organizational (dis)obedience, the ethics of risk assessment, and the place and purpose of engineering codes of ethics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if major is BUSN or major is ECON or classification is Freshman or Sophomore

PHIL 317 Ethics and Design Professions 3.0 Credits

Examines ethical theories and their application to architecture; the ethics of architectural space and place; the logic of ethical reasoning applied to the practice of architecture; professional ethics and the social responsibility of architects; the ethics of safety and risk in the production of architectural structures; sustainable environmental architectural design.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is ARCH or major is INTR.

PHIL 321 Biomedical Ethics 3.0 Credits

Studies moral issues related to health and disease, patients' rights and professional responsibilities, informed consent, abortion, euthanasia, and biomedical research.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 322 Ethics of Human Enhancement 3.0 Credits

Discussion of developments in health-care with the potential not only to treat disease, but also to improve human performance and cosmetically change the human body, thereby creating ethical considerations about the nature of health and disease and the proper scope and goals of health care.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: HSAD 210 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 323 Organizational Ethics 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on the application of ethical theories and principles to organizational systems and decision-making. Emphasis will be placed on how ethical principles affect and are applied to organizational policy-making, leadership behavior, systems of communication, technology use, and other systems of organization.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Pre-Junior or Senior.

PHIL 325 Ethics in Sports Management 3.0 Credits

An introduction to various ethical issues in sports and sports management, such as leadership and coaching; gender and racial equity in sports; fair play and cheating; violence and competition; commercialization of sports; the relation of sports to cultural value systems; ethics of technology and sports performance.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

PHIL 330 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3.0 Credits

Studies ethical issues in the policies and practices of criminal justice, and theories that bear upon issues such as the relationship of law to justice, the definition of crime, the use of deception and coercion in law enforcement, and the purposes and varieties of criminal punishment.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 335 Global Ethical Issues 3.0 Credits

Offers an introduction to the ethical tensions of our age, globally construed. May address such issues as terrorism, genocide, religious exclusivism, nuclear proliferation, the regulation of the Internet, as well as culturally competing notions of right and wrong, and good and bad.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 340 Environmental Ethics 3.0 Credits

This course examines ethical questions about human relations with the nonhuman world. These questions will be informed by assessing sustainable practices, indigenous ways of life, environmental movements, and such issues as biodiversity loss and global climate change.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 341 Philosophy of the Environment 3.0 Credits

Studies ecological issues from a philosophical standpoint stressing the implications of scientific and technological developments as they affect people's lives and choices.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 351 Philosophy of Technology 3.0 Credits

Studies technology from a philosophical standpoint stressing its role in shaping human existence and values, considering issues such as the control and distribution of information, housing and city planning, automation, and the uses of technology in medicine.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 355 Philosophy of Medicine 3.0 Credits

Examines the ideas of medicine, disease, and health from a philosophical perspective. Examines such concepts as gender, mental-illness, mind-body unity, aging and physical perfection as derived from both Eastern and Western traditions. Current health policy alternative treatment practices are also discussed.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 361 Philosophy of Science 3.0 Credits

Studies natural scientific theory-construction and investigative methods from a philosophical standpoint, considering issues such as the nature and scope of experimental method, and the history and justification of theory change.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHIL 101 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 102 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 105 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 107 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 111 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 371 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3.0 Credits

Studies social scientific theory-construction and investigative methods from a philosophical standpoint, considering issues such as the distinction between explanation and interpretation, and the history and justification of theory change.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHIL 101 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 102 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 105 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 107 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 111 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 381 [WI] Philosophy in Literature 3.0 Credits

Studies philosophical issues such as the concept of the self, the nature and course of evil, the nature and scope of free will, and ideals in living as they appear in significant works of literature.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 385 Philosophy of Law 3.0 Credits

This course addresses philosophical issues in the law. Topics include the meaning of "law," the nature and logic of legal (in contrast to moral) concepts and principles, and competing conceptions of law (Natural Law, Positivism, Realism, Rights-Based, etc.). Authors may include Plato, Mill, Rawls, Hart, Dworkin and others.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 391 Philosophy of Religion 3.0 Credits

Studies various aspects of religious belief and experience from a philosophical standpoint, considering issues such as the definition and existence of God, the nature and course of evil, and the relationship between faith and reason in a religious life.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHIL 101 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 102 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 105 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 107 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 111 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 395 Advanced Topics in Logic 3.0 Credits

Specialized topics, from among: self-reference paradoxes, set theory, axiomatization of arithmetic, computability, Church-Turing thesis, Gödel's theorem, minds and machines, Turing test, artificial intelligence, definitions of truth, models and satisfaction, analyticity, syntax/semantics, ontological commitment, intention/extension, reference justifying deduction, nominalism/realism, multi-valued logic, intuitionism, modal logic, doxastic logic, and logic of moral discourse.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore
Prerequisites: PHIL 111 [Min Grade: D] and PHIL 207 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 399 Independent Project in Philosophy 1.0-12.0 Credit

Provides directed reading and writing in philosophy.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore

PHIL 421 [WI] Seminar in Ancient Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Advanced study and discussion of the works of the leading philosophers and philosophical schools of Western antiquity. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 425 [WI] Seminar in Medieval Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Advanced study and discussion of the works of the leading philosophers and philosophical schools of the Medieval period. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 431 [WI] Seminar in Rationalism & Empiricism 3.0 Credits

Advanced study and discussion of the works of the leading philosophers and philosophical schools of the Modern period (circa. 1500 A.D. to 1900 A.D.) on the European Continent and British Isles. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 461 [WI] Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Advanced study and discussion of the works by leading philosophers from 1900 to present. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 465 [WI] Seminar in American Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Advanced study and discussion of works by leading American philosophers, including Peirce, James, Mead, Royce, C.I. Lewis, Quine, Davidson, Rorty and others. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 475 Special Problems in Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Topic for each term to be announced. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

PHIL 481 [WI] Seminar in a Philosophical School 3.0 Credits

Development of doctrines, theories, arguments and problems associated with one or more philosophical schools (or movements). Schools (or movements) may include Pythagoreanism, Platonism, Epicureanism, or recently, Positivism, Pragmatism, and Existentialism. This course is Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 485 [WI] Seminar in a Major Philosopher 3.0 Credits

Study of the works of a major philosopher such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, etc. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 497 [WI] Senior Essay I: Research & Thesis 3.0 Credits

Individual supervision. Selection of research topic for the senior argumentative essay; collection and analysis of hard-copy and electronic research material; construction of bibliography. Initial thesis formulation and drafting of argument sketch. Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHIL and classification is Senior.

PHIL 498 [WI] Senior Essay II: Argument Construction 3.0 Credits

Supervised construction of the main and supporting arguments of the senior essay involving drafting and re-drafting of the prose statement. Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHIL and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: PHIL 497 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 499 [WI] Senior Essay III: Defense 3.0 Credits

Individual Supervision. Defense of the senior essay thesis before the philosophy faculty and fellow senior philosophy majors. Written replies to main criticisms as determined by the faculty supervisor. Final submission of senior essay. Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHIL and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: PHIL 498 [Min Grade: D]

Philosophy Faculty

Stacey Ake, PhD, (Pennsylvania State University) Co-Director, Certificate Program in Medical Humanities. Associate Teaching Professor. Ethics, semiotics, existentialism
Peter Amato, PhD (Fordham University) Director, Philosophy. Teaching Professor. Ethics, Marxism, Continental philosophy.
Jacques N. Catudal, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. Epistemology, aesthetics, philosophy of religion.
Nathan Hanna, PhD (Syracuse University). Assistant Professor. Ethics; philosophy of law; political philosophy.
Sarah Hansen, PhD (Vanderbilt University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Continental philosophy, feminist theory, and bioethics.
Carol Mele, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Ethics, medical ethics, critical reasoning.
Flavia Padovani, PhD (University of Geneva). Assistant Professor. History and philosophy of science, philosophy of science, epistemology, logic.
Marilyn Gaye Piety, PhD (McGill University). Associate Professor. History of philosophy, philosophy of religion, critical reasoning, Kierkegaard.
Andrew Smith, PhD (SUNY, Stony Brook) Associate Director, Philosophy. Assistant Professor. Social and political philosophy, ethics, American philosophy.
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