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Below you will find the list of courses offered through the College's schools, departments, and programs. This list includes important information about each course, including the course description, credit hours, prerequisites, repeatability, and more. Use the filters to narrow your search.


57 courses found. Showing results 1–10.
  • PHIL-L 260 Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Gateway (3 cr.) P: ECON-E 251 or ECON-B 251; and admission to the PPE minor. Examines historical and contemporary attempts to understand the normative foundations and real features of our key economic, social, and political institutions. Explores central concepts such as justice, freedom, property, equality, efficiency, wealth, and inequality from the perspectives of philosophy, political science, and economics. Credit given for only one of PHIL-L 260, ECON-L 260, or POLS-L 260.
  • PHIL-L 460 Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Capstone (3 cr.) P: Consent of PPE program administrator. Centers on historical and contemporary attempts to make headway on challenging issues of social significance by drawing on the theoretical and methodological resources of Philosophy, Economics, and Political Science. Students work closely with faculty from the three disciplines on an interdisciplinary research project. Credit given for only one of PHIL-L 460, ECON-L 460, or POLS-L 460.
  • PHIL-P 103 Gender, Sexuality and Race (3 cr.) Explores philosophical issues arising out of questions about gender, sexuality and race as they are experienced and culturally enacted in the United States.
  • PHIL-P 105 Critical Thinking (3 cr.) We spend a good part of our waking hours thinking and/or critiquing the thoughts and beliefs of ourselves and others. This course is designed to help you develop a toolbox of techniques and skills that will help you become a skilled evaluator and creator of arguments.
  • PHIL-P 106 Introduction to Problems of Philosophy (3 cr.) Covers perennial problems of philosophy, particularly in ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology (e.g., the self, personal identity, knowledge, existence, reality, God, and the good life). Engages historical and contemporary primary resources. Concentrates on reading and interpretation of original philosophical texts, the evaluation of philosophical argumentation, and the development of philosophical skills.
  • PHIL-P 107 Philosophy and the Environment (3 cr.) Fundamental problems of environmental philosophy. What is "natural"? What obligations do human beings have regarding non-human animals, endangered species, and the natural environment? How might these obligations be grounded? How may competing environmental interests be balanced, especially when they conflict with human economic interests? Readings mainly from contemporary sources.
  • PHIL-P 135 Introduction to Existentialism (3 cr.) Philosophical themes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century existentialism. Topics may include free choice and human responsibility, the nature of values, the influence of phenomenology on existentialism, and existentialism as illustrated in literature. Readings from some or all of Buber, Camus, Heidegger, Husserl, Jaspers, Kierkegaard, Marcel, Nietzsche, Beauvoir, and Sartre. No prior knowledge of philosophy is presupposed.
  • PHIL-P 141 Introduction to Ethical Theories and Problems (3 cr.) Explores ethical theories and fundamental issues in philosophical ethics (e.g., relation of morality to self-interest, objectivity of ethics, happiness and the good life). Applies theory to contemporary problems. Concentrates on reading and interpretation of original philosophical texts, evaluation of argumentation, and development of skills in ethical reasoning, argumentation, and analysis.
  • PHIL-P 145 Liberty and Justice: A Philosophical Introduction (3 cr.) Fundamental problems of social and political philosophy: the nature of the state, political obligation, freedom and liberty, equality, justice, rights, social change, revolution, and community. Readings from classical and contemporary sources.
  • PHIL-P 150 Elementary Logic (3 cr.) Development of critical tools for the evaluation of arguments. Not a prerequisite for PHIL-P 250. Not open to students who have taken or are enrolled in PHIL-P 250.