Philosophy

Philosophy Minor - 18 Hours

PL306     Ethics and the Professions (3)

One (1) from the following:
PL101     Introduction to Logic (3)
PL105     Introduction to Philosophy (3)

One (1) from the following:
PL303     Classical to Medieval Thought (3)
PL304     Modern to Contemporary Thought (3)

Three (3) from the following:
PL225     Philosophy of Religion (3)
PL310     Ethics and Leadership (3)
PL311     The Study of Knowledge (3)
PL314     World Religions Today (3)

Philosophy Courses

PL101 Introduction to Logic. 3 hours. Introduction to the study of logic. Attention is given to both the analysis of formal arguments and the examination of arguments in ordinary language. Special attention is given to induction and informal fallacies.

PL105 Introduction to Philosophy. 3 hours. The nature of philosophy and its methods; the problems of knowledge, reality, ethics, aesthetics and religion.

PL225 Philosophy of Religion. 3 hours. This is a study of the nature of religion and of the relation of philosophy to theology. Attention is given to such problems as the existence of God, knowledge of God, faith, religious language, evil, immortality, and eschatology. Cross-listed with RL225. Prerequisite: RL122.

PL303 Classical to Medieval Thought. 3 hours. This is a comprehensive survey of the philosophical ideas and thought systems of Europe which have influenced our conceptions of experience and reality. Emphasis is on the contributions of the Greeks and on the contributions of medieval thought. Prerequisite: PL105.

PL304 Modern to Contemporary Thought. 3 hours. This is a comprehensive survey of the philosophical ideas and thought systems of Europe which have influenced our conceptions of experience and reality. Emphasis is on the modern and contemporary development of rationalism, empiricism, idealism, process philosophy, existentialism, logical positivism, and linguistic analysis. Prerequisite: PL105 or Junior standing.

PL306 Ethics and the Professions. 3 hours. After an introduction to ethics, ethical theories, and the art of critical thinking about ethical issues, students will examine ethical issues specific to their chosen professions. Emphasis in the past has been on ethics and the sciences (medicine, experimentation, genetics), the environment (corporation vs. individual rights, responsibilities to animals and to the environment), and philosophy of law (justice, equality, rights, responsibility, and punishment). Emphasis is on case studies. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

PL310 Ethics and Leadership. 3 hours. Leadership uninformed by character is likely empty at best and disastrous at worst. Thus, the course will examine leadership styles and the ethics of leadership as a consequence of or a derivative of adequate character and a strong sense of personal responsibility. The course will examine "good," Relativism, the relation of character and virtue, leadership responsibilities, and personal responsibility. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

PL311 The Study of Knowledge. 3 hours. Students explore the areas of knowledge, belief, and truth. Students will be introduced to concepts such as skepticism and justification. Students will explore what counts as knowledge and how these issues affect the areas of morality, science, math, and society.

PL314 World Religions Today. 3 hours. This is a study of the theoretical, practical, and sociological expressions of religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Cross-listed with RL314. Prerequisites: RL122.