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Philosophy Course Descriptions

PHIL300 - PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN NATURE (3-0-3)
This course will explore the ever-present phenomenon of human aggression and how various philosophers have attempted to define its nature. The class will focus on a reflection of the current state of the world (war and violence in the Middle East) as a paradigmatic topic of discussion on human nature. Many authors and texts will be used to study, first, the world-views of philosophy and religion; and second, to provide students with the hopeful prospect of cultivating love as an enduring answer to man's rapacious form of aggression. Prerequisite: ENGL105 and ENGL116 or ENGL105 and COMM200. The Arioch Center Course.

PHIL330 - PROBLEM OF EVIL (3-0-3)
This course will explore ways of sharpening the ability to think critically by reflecting on the problem of evil. Students will examine arguments from various disciplines (philosophy, logic, theology, psychology, and literature) that will allow them tounderstand and appreciate the importance of thinking critically about the mysteries of evil. Readings will include arguments by Camus, Weisel, Plantinga, Hicks, and Donaldson. Prerequisite ENGL105 and COMM200 or ENGL105 and ENGL116. The Arioch Center Course.

PHIL410 - PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION (4-0-4)
An introductory course in the concepts and processes of philosophical and religious thought and experience. In this course students will be able to examine the classical and contemporary traditions and issues in philosophy and religion, the nature of existential reality, and the process of ethical decision-making. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day upper level HUMN/LITR elective.

PHIL425 - CRITICAL THINKING (4-0-4)
This course will explore the method of Critical Thinking as a tool for minimizing error in our beliefs and attitudes and as a tool for increasing the probability of success in our innovative efforts. This course also explores how to remove bias from our observation, interpretation and inference. Prerequisite (Day): Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day upper level HUMN/LITR Course.

PHIL450 - ETHICS (4-0-4)
The study of the rules and standards of right conduct in regard to the self, industry, and society. Historical perspectives and contemporary case studies are utilized. Prerequisite (Day): Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Prerequisite (The Arioch Center): ENGL105 and COMM200 or ENGL105 and ENGL116. Day upper level HUMN/LITR elective and The Arioch Center Course.

PHIL460 - VIRTUAL ETHICS (4-0-4)
In attempts to explore the impact of information technology on the individual and on society, this course will address questions regarding freedom, privacy and control in an information age. Topics including development and research of computer programs and hardware, networked environments and virtual realities, and artificial intelligence will shed light on the new ethical questions that challenge our evolving symbiotic relationship with technology. Prerequisite: ENGL105 and COMM200 or ENGL105 and ENGL116. The Arioch Center Course.

PHIL470 - FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF PHILOSOPHY (4-0-4)
This course will examine the various methods and concepts the philosophers have developed since the early Greek Thinkers who attempted to define the enterprise of philosophy. Prerequisite: ENGL105 and ENGL116 or ENGL105 and COMM200 The Arioch Center Course.

PHIL475 - CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING (2-2-4)
This course will explore the method of Critical Thinking as a tool for minimizing error in our beliefs and attitudes and Creative Thinking as a tool for increasing the probability of success in our innovative efforts. This course also explores how to remove bias from our observation, interpretation and inference. Prerequisites: ENGL105 and ENGL116 or ENGL100 and ENGL115 or equivalent. The Arioch Center Course.

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