Philosophy Courses

NumberNameUnitsDescription
PHI 161Philosophy and the Human Condition1Central issues in philosophy will be raised by asking what is a human being? What does it mean to be human? Various answers to these questions and the philosophical frameworks that support them will be examined. In combination with a Theological Studies course from the approved list, this course satisfies the Examined Life LADR. Not open to students who have credit in 100-level philosophy courses. Must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
PHI 163Philosophical Issues & Classic Text1Study of central issues in philosophy through an examination of classic philosophical texts such as Plato's Symposium, Aristotles's Nicomachean Ethics, and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. An examination of these texts will allow students to study and to analyze several clearly developed and well-known philosophical perspectives. In combination with a Theological Studies course from the approved list, this course satisfies the Examined Life LADR. Not open to students who have credit in 100-level philosophy courses. Must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
PHI 164Philosophical Perspectives - Nature1Study of central issues in philosophy through an examination of various concepts of nature, such as those found in Bacon, Thoreau, and Homes Ralston. Each concept of nature says something different not just about the natural world, but also about what it means to be human, and what our relationship with and responsibility for the natural world should be. In combination with a Theological Studies course from the approved list, this course satisfies the Examined Life LADR. Not open to students who have credit in 100-level philosophy courses. Must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
PHI 165Philosophy and Ethics1Focuses on topics and texts of ethics and raises questions everyone struggles with throughout life. What is the good life? What does it mean to be a good person? How do we know what the good is? What is the nature of the good? In combination with a Theological Studies course from the approved list, this course satisfies the Examined Life LADR. Not open to students who have credit in 100-level philosophy courses. Must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
PHI 166Reason and Belief1In this course, students will develop basic skills in evaluating arguments. These skills include (but are not limited to) recognizing different kinds of arguments, knowing how to evaluate the strength of an argument according to its kind, and identifying some common mistakes in reasoning. In combination with a Theological Studies course from the approved list, this course satisfies the Examined Life LADR. Not open to students who have credit in 100-level philosophy courses. Must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
PHI 167Foundational Issues in Philosophy1Addresses some of the fundamental issues in philosophy. Students critically reflect on various metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical positions and identify the one they find most reasonable. At the end of the course, they will bring together their positions and construct a coherent philosophical position. In combination with a Theological Studies course from the approved list, this course satisfies the Examined Life LADR. Not open to students who have credit in 100-level philosophy courses. Must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
PHI 168Philosophy and the Environment1Central issues in philosophy will be studied through an examination of various concepts of the physical world, such as those found in Plato and Descartes. Each concept says something different not just about the natural world, but also about what it means to be human, and what our relationship with and responsibility for the natural world should be. This course is stacked with THS 168 and therefore must be taken in the same term. Both together satisfy the Examined Life LADR. Open to first and second year students who do not have credit in 100-level philosophy courses or 100-level theological studies courses. Must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
PHI 169Philosophy: Arts, Music and Media1Central issues in philosophy will be raised by examining various works of art from genres such as literature, music, drama, film, sculpture, or painting. Various specific framings of and answers to the issues that the works of art offer will be evaluated. This course is linked with THS 169 and therefore must be taken in the same academic year as THS 169. Both courses together satisfy the Examined Life LADR. Not open to students who have credit in 100-level philosophy courses. Must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
PHI 211Philosophy of Woman1Introduction to feminism and survey of concepts of woman/human in Western philosophy. Examines classic and contemporary texts to understand current theories and practices in various areas. Offered alternate years.
PHI 212Ethics and Commerce1This course will explore the application of ethical theory to issues and cases that arise in connection with commercial activity.
PHI 221Philosophy of Religion1Analysis of basic concepts and beliefs of Biblical religion and in the empirical study of all religions (e.g., myth, the sacred, ritual). Offered alternate years.
PHI 222Classical Indian Philosophy1An examination of Indian Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, dealing with topics in ontology, the nature of self, ethics, and epistemology. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
PHI 224Modern Philosophy1Developments from 17th-century rationalism and empiricism to the beginning of the 20th century.
PHI 225Classical Greek Philosophy1An overview of Western philosophy from the presocratics through the Hellenistic era. Focus on close reading of major texts.
PHI 226Medieval Philosophy1A survey of Western philosophy from St. Augustine to Nicholas of Cusa. Focus on the development of Christian philosophy. Identical to Cla 226.
PHI 232Existentialism1Explores such topics as freedom, descriptive metaphysics, man in the world, and man and God in writers from Kierkegaard to Sartre. Offered alternate years.
PHI 234Rational Choices1A course in making rational decisions, comprising the study of decision theory, game theory and social choice theory. A survey of basic principles and their application. Satisfies Abstraction and Formal Reasoning LADR.
PHI 235Concepts of Love1History and interpretation of changing ideas of love (ethical, religious, romantic, etc.) from Plato to Freud. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach. Offered alternate years.
PHI 236Contemporary Political Thought1An examination of major political theorists of the recent past. Identical to PlS 236.
PHI 237Ethics: Theory and Practice1An exploration of major issues in ethical theory and primary texts. Includes a focus on at least one area of applied ethics (e.g. social justice or environmental ethics.)
PHI 240Philosophy and Tai Ji1An exploration of the significance of Asian philosophical concepts for the theory and practice of Tai Ji. There will be a significant physical component. Spring term. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
PHI 241Prana, Qi and Ki1A theoretical and experiential introduction to traditional Asian theories and models of the nature, embodiment, and healing significance of universal life energy. Study classic texts from India, China and Japan. Learn related basic energetic practices, including Tai Chi, Zhineng Qi Gong, and Reiki. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR. Spring term.
PHI 242Taoism and Cooking1A combination of a study of Taoistic principles with the practice of Chinese cooking. An initial examination of Taoism as a philosophy. A later application to healthy cooking and eating based on Taoist philosophy. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR. Spring Term.
PHI 244Taoism and Zen Buddhism1A study of Taoism and Zen Buddhism. Principal focus on Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, the Koans and Suzuki. Some attention given to the historical development of Zen Buddhism out of Chinese Chan and Taoism. Lectures, readings in original texts, classroom discussion, videos and films. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
PHI 246The Logic of Daoism1An investigation into the central features of the logic of classical Chinese Daoist thinking. A consideration of the relation between the conditions of language and the conditions of thought. Evaluation of the importance of Daoist logic for the construction of any general worldview. Prerequisite: Phi16X or sophomore standing. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
PHI 320Concepts of Nature1Approach to environmental philosophy via a global study of major concepts of the human/nature relationship. Includes view of non- Western and traditional cultures. Concludes with in-depth study of some contemporary views and an individual project. Offered alternate years.
PHI 321Formal Logic1A course in formal logic with emphasis on translations, formal semantics and derivations for first-order logic through multiple quantification and identity. Satisfies the Abstraction and Formal Reasoning LADR. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.
PHI 322Classic Chinese Philosophy1A survey of Classical Chinese philosophy, including Confucius, Lao-tzu, Chuang-tzu, Mo-tzu, Mencius, and the Legalists, as well as a detailed examination of the I-Ching. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
PHI 32420th Century Philosophy1Philosophical developments in the 20th century, including pragmatism, linguistic analysis, and existentialism. Offered alternate years.
PHI 331Philosophy of Law1Introduction to central philosophical issues connected with law; the nature and purpose of law; concepts such as property, liability, harm, and rights; interpretation of constitutions and statutes. Examines philosophical texts and judicial opinions.
PHI 333Philosophy of Science1Major themes in scientific methodology, including intensive investigation of scientific explanation, concept formation, theory construction and confirmation. Offered alternate years.
PHI 334Philosophy of Mind1A course in philosophy of mind, focusing on philosophical problems connected to the nature of mentality. An overview of central issues in recent philosophy of mind and an in-depth treatment of a special topic. Topics alternate in different years. May be repeated for credit.
PHI 335Epistemology1A course in the theory of knowledge, treating the nature, value and limits of human knowledge. An overview of central issues in recent epistemology and an in-depth treatment of a special topic. Topics alternate in different years. May be repeated for credit.
PHI 337Utopias & Intentional Communities1History and theory of intentional communities: includes field-study of monasteries, Amish, and several communes. Offered Spring Term.
PHI 338History of Political Thought1An examination of representative political theorists from Plato to Marx. Identical to PlS 235. Prerequisite: PLS 115, 117, 118, or 161.
PHI 351Philosophy Seminar1A forum in which students develop skills in philosophical inquiry (careful reading of texts, critical writing, and intellectual dialogue), learn how to develop a thesis proposal and prepare for Comprehensive Exams, and begin to integrate their philosophical studies. Prerequisite: philosophy major or minor. May be taken junior or senior year.
PHI 401Seminar II0.5Preliminary work for the independent study. Examines the nature, structure, and limits of philosophy and its relations with other aspects of culture. Offered Fall Term concurrent with Phi 301. Prerequisite: Phi major. .50 unit.

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