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Course Descriptions

PH 200 Introduction to Philosophy

An introduction to some of the major issues concerning fundamental problems of human existence including an understanding of the core areas: logic, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. Students will learn to recognize and evaluate logical arguments in the texts of central, primary figures. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-1. (3)

PH 300 Modern Logic

A systematic study of the formal nature of deduction. The course includes an introduction to quantification theory, relational propositions, set theory, and propositional calculus. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-2. (3)

PH 301 Social and Political Philosophy

A philosophical inquiry into society and politics. Topics may include theories of justice, freedom and responsibility, political authority and the state, democracy and representative government, political and civil rights, civil disobedience, identity politics, and the morality of bonds between individuals, families, communities and society. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-E. (3)

PH 303 Animals, the Environment, and Ethics

An exploration of our moral responsibilities concerning animals and the natural enviornment. The course covers philosophical theories of ethics and their application to topics in environmental ethics. Topics may include animal rights, anthropocentrism, conservation, deep ecology, and the value of nature. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-E. (3)

PH 305 Business Ethics

An examination of the ethical foundations of business and the role of ethical judgment in business decisions. The course covers philosophical theories of ethics and their application to business through case studies. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-E. (3)

PH 307 Philosophy of Law

A philosophical inquiry into law. Topics may include the justification of laws, the obligation to obey to the law, the relationship between law and morality, natural law theory, liberty, justice, legal rights, and the justification of punishment. Students apply ethical and political theories to contemporary legal cases and interpretations of law. Prerequistes: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-E. (3)

PH 309 Ethical Theory

An investigation into the moral dimensions of human life. The course explores the specific theoretical issues that shape the formation of ethical systems. Students will examine foundations for objective moral standards and human rights. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-E. (3)

PH 315 Metaphysics and Epistemology

An examination of philosophical arguments for determining the existence and nature of reality and the scope of knowledge that supports the claims. The study examines arguments from the classical, medieval, modern, and contemporary periods. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-2, WI. (3)

PH 325 Ancient Philosophy

Covers the span of philosophy in the Western tradition from the pre-Socratic (500 B.C.) to the Roman and Hellenistic philosophers (500 A.D.). Key issues in ethics, politics, natural philosophy, and metaphysics are explored principally through the writings of Plato and Aristotle as well as other figures in the Stoic and Epicurean traditions. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, PH-2. (3)

PH 326 Medieval Philosophy

Examines the perceptions of the Middle Ages through a concentration upon the intellectual themes expressed in philosophical, theological, and literary texts. The relationship between faith and reason is presented as the fundamental problem of the period and is considered in a variety of contexts including the relation between divine and human love, and the function of the earthly city vis-à-vis the heavenly city. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, PH-2. (3)

PH 327 Modern Philosophy

Studies the changes in philosophy during the 17th century that gave rise to the new science. Topics include problems in epistemology and metaphysics that led science to a mechanistic world view. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, PH-2. (3)

PH 328 Contemporary Philosophy: 19th-21st Century

Examines a wide variety of philosophical schools: pragmatism, idealism, existentialism, phenomenology, and the analytic approach. The focus is upon contemporary changes in logic, ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. This course may be offered as a Writing-Intensive (WI) course in select semesters. Students should check the section designation and title prior to enrollment. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, PH-2. (3)

PH 330 Philosophy of Mind

This course focuses on the question of the place of mind in nature and in the world: What is the mark of the mental? What does it mean to be conscious? What is an emotion? How do thoughts have meaning? Can we ever really know the mind of another person? Could a computer ever really think? Do animals have minds? The aim is to clarify what one is asking with such questions in order to begin to formulate answers. Prerequisite: PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

PH 345 Philosophy of Religion

A description and evaluation of the major ideas and beliefs in Western civilization that are relevant to the religious dimension of human existence. The course develops from the classical influences on early Christian perspectives to modern and contemporary views. Comparison between traditional and the present leads to an evaluation of religious values. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI, PH-2. (3)

PH 350 Philosophy of Science

Provides the analytic tools needed to evaluate the structure of scientific explanations. The principal focus is upon the contribution of the Logical Empiricists and the recent criticism of them. Examples are drawn primarily from physics and biology. Prerequisites: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-2, WI. (3)

PH 355 Existentialism and Phenomenology

An introduction to some of the major issues concerning fundamental problems of human existence through the vehicle of fictive narrative philosophy. Students will learn how to present and evaluate claims in traditional logical form and in the guise of fictive narrative philosophy. Students will learn to recognize texts of central, primary figures. Prerequistes: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-2, WI. (3)

PH 360 Philosophy and Literature

An introduction to some of the major issues concerning fundamental problems of human existence through the vehicle of fictive narrative philosophy. Students will learn how to present and evaluate claims in traditional logical form and in the guise of fictive narrative philosophy. Students will learn to recognize texts of central, primary figures. Prerequistes: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-2, WI. (3)

PH 365 Asian Philosophy

Provides an opportunity for students to learn non-Western philosophies. Subjects vary among Chinese, Indian, Islamic, and Japanese philosophies, and the format ranges from comparative survey to contemporary issues. Prerequisite: PH 200. Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

PH 370 Philosophy of Art

A stuy of the philosophical puzzles about art. Students will think critically about the significance of art for our lives. What is art? Can we define art? How does a work of art represent something? Why are we interested in specific artistic media and genres? Are we interested in specific artistic media and genres? Are judgments about art merely expressions of taste? What is good and bad taste? Are there better and worse ways to experience art? How do works of art affect our emotions? What is the artists purposes? Readings include classic philosophical texts and contemporary articles. Prerequistes: EN 102 and PH 200. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-2, WI. (3)

PH 400 Internship

Students may register for 3 to 6 credits in an internship with a research or service agency in the Washington metropolitan area. The intern will be monitored by a supervising faculty member and a representative of the cooperating agency. Prerequisites: senior status and a GPA of 2.0 in major courses. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (3-6)

PH 421 Project

An investigation of a selected topic in the emphasis discipline. The project is intended to demonstrate ability to conduct independent research and present the results in writing of commendable quality. Prerequisite: faculty and dean approval. (3)

PH 422 Senior Seminar

The focus of the senior seminar is the student research paper that demonstrates skill in researching and writing on topics in philosophy or religion. This course may be offered as a writing-intensive (WI) course in select semesters. Students should check the section designation and title pior to enrollment. Prerequisite: senior status. (3)

Philosophy Department

Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

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