PHIL - Philosophy

Douglas Lind, Philosophy Coordinator (Administration 205  83844-3173; phone 208 885 6328; www.uidaho.edu/class/philosophy.

PHIL 102 Reason and Rhetoric

Phil 102 Reason and Rhetoric (2 cr)

Form and style of argumentative discourse; development of critical thinking and rhetorical skills as students prepare and deliver written and oral presentations; construction, evaluation, and presentation of arguments; identification of arguments and fallacies to improve abilities to organize thoughts, express them clearly and simply, and judge the suitability of material for the audience.

PHIL 103 Ethics

Phil 103 Ethics (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities

Introduction to philosophical reasoning through historical study of Western moral thought.

PHIL 200 Philosophy of Alcohol

Phil 200 Philosophy of Alcohol (3 cr)

This course will introduce students to philosophical analysis through the topic of alcohol. Some issues we will cover are ethical: Can we exercise freewill when intoxicated? If not, can we still blame an intoxicated person for their actions? What is the nature of addiction and when are we justified in intervening on someone else's addiction? Some issues are metaphysical: Are beer styles a natural classification or merely conventional? There are also aesthetic issues: Is taste just subjective, or can we scrutinize taste objectively? Some are historical: What is the role of alcohol in the history of philosophy? This course addresses these and many other philosophical issues that can be presented through the topic of alcohol.

PHIL 201 Critical Thinking

Phil 201 Critical Thinking (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities

Acquiring and improving important skills of thinking, reading, and writing critically; emphasis on avoiding fallacies and mastering forms of valid argument in ordinary language.

PHIL 202 Introduction to Symbolic Logic

Phil 202 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3 cr)

Development of systematic techniques for assessing validity of arguments; includes categorical logic, propositional logic, and elementary quantificational logic.

PHIL 204 Special Topics

Phil 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

PHIL 208 Business Ethics

Phil 208 Business Ethics (3 cr)

Introduction to philosophical reasoning through historical study of Western moral thought, with specific application to ethical issues related to business practice and corporate social responsibility.

PHIL 240 Belief and Reality

Phil 240 Belief and Reality (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities

Introduction to epistemology (examination of grounds and limits of knowledge) and metaphysics (inquiry into the nature of reality) through historical and contemporary readings.

PHIL 302 Biblical Judaism: Texts and Thought

Phil 302 Biblical Judaism: Texts and Thought (3 cr)

Same as RelS 302. Analysis of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and related texts with an emphasis on hermeneutics and thought.

PHIL 303 Early Christianity: Texts and Thought

Phil 303 Early Christianity: Texts and Thought (3 cr)

Same as RelS 303. Analysis of the New Testament and other early Christian texts of the first and second centuries C.E. with an emphasis on hermeneutics and thought.

PHIL 307 Buddhism

Phil 307 Buddhism (3 cr)

Same as RelS 307. Philosophy and religion of Gautama Buddha as it developed in India, Tibet, China, and Japan.

PHIL 320 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Phil 320 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 cr)

Philosophical thought from the early Greeks through the Middle Ages; concentration on metaphysics and theory of knowledge. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

PHIL 321 History of Modern Philosophy

Phil 321 History of Modern Philosophy (3 cr)

Critical evaluation of the thought of major figures in early modern philosophy, such as Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant; emphasis on metaphysics and epistemology. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

PHIL 325 Historical Figures in Philosophy

Phil 325 (s) Historical Figures in Philosophy (3 cr, max arr)

Study of a major philosophical figure from the history of philosophy. May be repeated for credit. Recommended preparation: one philosophy course.

PHIL 351 Philosophy of Science

Phil 351 Philosophy of Science (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Humanities

Introduction to the critical analysis of the aims and methods of science, its principles, practices, and achievements. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: 3 credits of philosophy or 3 credits of natural science

PHIL 361 Professional Ethics

Phil 361 (s) Professional Ethics (3 cr, max 6)

Gen Ed: Humanities

Study of ethical issues and problems arising in professions. Each section focuses on a specific area of professional ethics including, but not limited to, agricultural ethics, bioethics, business ethics, and engineering ethics.

Prereq: Phil 103

PHIL 367 Global Justice

Phil 367 (s) Global Justice (3 cr, max arr)

Gen Ed: International

Topical study of issues of justice in the global context.

PHIL 400 Seminar

Phil 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

PHIL 404 Special Topics

Phil 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

PHIL 409 Advanced Logic

Phil 409 Advanced Logic (3 cr)

First-order predicate logic plus some metatheory, applications and/or extensions. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Phil 202

PHIL 417 Philosophy of Biology

Phil J417/J517 Philosophy of Biology (3 cr)

Philosophical thinking about meaning, reference, and truth. Additional assignments required for graduate credit.

Prereq: 3 credits of biology and 3 credits of philosophy or Permission

PHIL 426 History of Political Philosophy I

Phil 426 History of Political Philosophy I (3 cr)

See PolS 425.

PHIL 427 History of Political Philosophy II

Phil 427 History of Political Philosophy II (3 cr)

See PolS 426.

PHIL 429 Contemporary Political Ethics

Phil 429 Contemporary Political Ethics (3 cr)

See PolS 429.

PHIL 441 Genes and Justice: Comparative Biotechnology Policy Formation

Phil 441 Genes and Justice: Comparative Biotechnology Policy Formation (3 cr)

See PolS 441.

PHIL 442 Philosophy of Mind

Phil J442/J542 Philosophy of Mind (3 cr)

Survey of current philosophical theories of the nature of minds and mental states, including forms of dualism, reductive physicalism, functionalism, and eliminative materialism. Additional assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Phil 202 and 240. This is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students.

PHIL 443 Philosophy of Language

Phil J443/J543 Philosophy of Language (3 cr)

Philosophical thinking about meaning, reference, and truth. Additional assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Phil 202 and 240. This is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students.

PHIL 446 Metaphysics

Phil 446 Metaphysics (3 cr)

Classical and contemporary readings on such items as realism versus nominalism, free will and determinism, the nature of causality, the existence of God, personal identity, modality. Recommended Preparation: Phil 202 and 240. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

PHIL 447 Theory of Knowledge

Phil 447 Theory of Knowledge (3 cr)

Analysis of the nature of knowledge; survey of various philosophical positions on the sources and extent of what we know. Recommended Preparation: Phil 202 and 240. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

PHIL 450 Ethics in Science

Phil 450 Ethics in Science (3 cr)

An investigation of social and ethical issues in scientific research and the place of ethics in a scientific worldview.

Prereq: Phil 103, Phil 201, Phil 202, or Phil 240; or Permission

PHIL 452 Environmental Philosophy

Phil J452/J552 Environmental Philosophy (3 cr)

Phil 552 same as EnvS 552. Philosophical examination of various ethical, metaphysical, and legal issues concerning humans, nature, and the environment; issues covered may include biodiversity and species protection, animal rights, radical ecology, environmental racism, wilderness theory, population control, and property rights. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

PHIL 460 Ethical Theory

Phil 460 Ethical Theory (3 cr)

Critical analysis of classical consequentialist and deontic views as well as one or more recent theories such as emotivism and prescriptivism, feminist ethics, communitarianism, or virtue ethics.

PHIL 469 The Judicial Process

Phil 469 the Judicial Process (3 cr)

See PolS J469/J569.

PHIL 470 Philosophy of Law

Phil 470 Philosophy of Law (3 cr)

Analysis of fundamental philosophical issues in law and legal systems, including the nature of law, relation of law to morality, judicial method, and nature and ascription of rights. Recommended Preparation: Phil 103. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

PHIL 475 Philosophy, Law, & Literature

Phil 475 Philosophy, Law, & Literature (3 cr)

Examination of issues in jurisprudence and legal theory using philosophy and literature. Topics may include the nature of law, the interface of law and morality, and the ethics and obligations of legal and judicial practice. Readings from plays, novels, short stories, philosophy, and case law.

PHIL 490 Senior Seminar

Phil 490 Senior Seminar (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Required of all philosophy majors; capstone course devoted to mastery of the philosophical essay; topics will vary.

Prereq: Senior standing or completion of 24 credits in philosophy

PHIL 496 Teaching Methods in Philosophy

Phil 496 Teaching Methods in Philosophy (2 cr, max 4)

Learn methods of teaching while assisting in an introductory-level philosophy course. Graded P/F.

Prereq: four upper-division courses in philosophy, the introductory course in which the student will participate, and Permission of department

PHIL 498 Internship

Phil 498 (s) Internship (cr arr)

PHIL 499 Directed Study

Phil 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

PHIL 500 Master's Research & Thesis

Phil 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

PHIL 501 Seminar

Phil 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

PHIL 502 Directed Study

Phil 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

PHIL 503 Workshop

Phil 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

PHIL 504 Special Topics

Phil 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

PHIL 510 Seminar in the History of Philosophy

Phil 510 Seminar in the History of Philosophy (3 cr, max 6)

Systematic exploration of the central works of an individual philosopher or philosophical movement. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

PHIL 517 Philosophy of Biology

Phil 517 Philosophy of Biology (3 cr)

See Phil J417/J517.

PHIL 520 Seminar/Ethical Theory

Phil 520 Seminar in Ethical Theory (3 cr)

The major issues, views, and figures of ethical theory from ancient Greece to the present. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

PHIL 522 Seminar in Metaphysics

Phil 522 Seminar in Metaphysics (3 cr)

The nature of reality, through study of key concepts such as God, personhood, free will, causation, space, time, and identity. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

PHIL 524 Seminar/Epistemology

Phil 524 Seminar in Epistemology (3 cr)

Classical problems, questions, and theories involving the concept of knowledge. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

PHIL 542 Philosophy of the Mind

Phil 542 Philosophy of Mind (3 cr) WSU Phil 442

See Phil J442/J542.

PHIL 543 Philosophy of Language

Phil 543 Philosophy of Language (3 cr) WSU Phil 443

See Phil J443/J543.

PHIL 552 Environmental Philosophy

Phil 552 Environmental Philosophy (3 cr)

See Phil J452/J552.

PHIL 553 Ethical Practice in Natural Resource and Environmental Science

Phil 553 Ethical Practice in Natural Resource and Environmental Science (3 cr)

This course will investigate some of the ethical dimensions of a life in professional science. While it is open to non-scientists, the course is part of the University of Idaho's Professional Science Master's Program, so it will be addressed directly to professional scientists. As its title indicates, its specific focus will be on natural resource and environmental sciences.

PHIL 599 Research

Phil 599 (s) Research (cr arr)