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Philosophy (PHI) Course Descriptions

PHI 5013  Advanced Logic
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.
Rigorous definitions of syntax and semantics. Proofs of soundness and completeness of sentential and predicate logics; other topics in metatheory. May include extensions of and alternatives to classical logic and the philosophical significance of logic and metalogical results. Three hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

PHI 5023  Ethical Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.
Advanced study of ethical theories and the nature and scope of ethical requirements, value, virtue, duty and moral responsibility. Advanced study may emphasize specific approaches to ethics such as consequentialist, deontological, virtue theoretic, and contractarian or specific metaethical issues such as ethics and rationality. Readings will include selected classical and contemporary texts.

PHI 5113  Ancient Philosophy
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.
In-depth investigation of central figures and/or topics in ancient philosophy. Study may focus on a few major philosophical figures in the ancient world from the time of the pre-Socratics through to the Hellenistic and Neo-Platonic schools. Topics may include the nature of reality, theories of truth, ethical theories, psychological issues, political theory, or issues in logic and theories of meaning.

PHI 5223  Epistemology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.
Advanced study in the theory of knowledge. The course will focus on the core questions of epistemology: What is knowledge? What, if anything, do we know? How do we know it? Discussion may focus on one or more major epistemological topics such as the nature of perception, belief, justification and truth; naturalized epistemology, theories of truth, internalist and externalist theories of justification; the sources of knowledge; skepticism; the epistemic role of social context in relativism, social construction, and feminist epistemology.

PHI 6153  Contemporary Continental Philosophy
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.
In depth examination of the character and consequences of several recent movements in European philosophy, including phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, structuralism, postmodernism, deconstruction, and critical theory. Discussion may focus on one or more major figures including Heidegger, Gadamer, Habermas, Derrida, and Foucault.

PHI 6953  Independent Study
3 hours credit.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the student’s Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not usually available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

PHI 6973  Special Studies in Philosophy
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.
Organized course offering the opportunity for advanced study not normally or not often available as part of the regular graduate course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary.

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