University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2013-14

Philosophy

Major

Minor:

The objective of the philosophy major program is to provide students with the opportunity to understand contemporary philosophy in view of the history of philosophy. Students majoring in philosophy must successfully complete a minimum of thirty-seven semester hours. The philosophy major program is also offered in India in conjunction with the Marianists. Consult the chairperson of the department for further information.

A minor in philosophy consists of eighteen semester hours.

Faculty

John Inglis, Chairperson
Professors Emeriti: Kunkel, Quinn, Ulrich, Zembaty
Professors: Benson, DesAutels, Fischer, Fouke, Inglis, Johnson, Kebede, Tibbetts
Associate Professors: Gabbe, Mosser, Payne, Poe, Richards, Whisnant
Assistant Professors: James, McLeod, Paslaru, Velasquez
Lecturers: Bresnahan, Cheung, Lockwood, Marvin

 

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy (phl) Minimum 124 Hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
The West & the World
Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication 3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics 3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences7
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

 Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

 Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.



Liberal Studies Curriculum
Creative and Performing Arts (May include CAP Arts)3
L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)0-11
Literature (May include CAP Components)3
Mathematics, excluding MTH 205 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3
Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Science)11
Social Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)12

Major Requirements 1, 237
PHL 103Intro To Philosophy3-7
or ASI 120 Dev West Global Ctxt
PHL 240Research Meth & Tech1
PHL 301Practical Logic 33
or PHL 302 Symbolic Logic
PHL 350Classical Greek PHL3
PHL 352Modern Philosophy3
PHL 375Ethical Theory3
Select two seminars from: (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)6
Advanced Problems
Sem-Individ Phlsphrs
Sem-Cont Epistemolgy
Sem-Contemp Ethics
Sem-Cont Metaphysics
Select one track from:
Ethics and Social Justice 15
Select two courses from:
Philosophy and Women
Social Philosophy
Ethics
Business Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Medical Ethics
Engineering Ethics
Ethics&Modern War
Family Ethics
Information Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of Peace
Phil of Punishment
Radical Philosophy
Marxist Philosophy
Race, Gender&Phl
Political Philosophy
Phl & Human Rights
Values & Economics
Phl&Cultr Diversty
Philosophy electives (9 hours)
History of Philosophy15
Select two courses from:
Medieval Philosophy
Kant&19th Cent Phl
20th Century Phl
American Philosophy
Philosophy electives (9 hours)
Science, Technology, and Values15
Phl of Science
Select one course from:
Phil of Knowledge
Medical Ethics
Engineering Ethics
Information Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Sci, Objtvty & Values
Technology&Values
Phl & Cognitive Sci
Phl of Ecology
Philosophy electives (9 hours)
Religion, Mind, and Metaphysics 15
Metaphysics
Phl of Religion
Select one course from:
Phil of Mind
Medieval Philosophy
Asian Philosophy
Christian Philosophy
Existentialism
Islamic Phl& Culture
Philosophy electives (9 hours)
Culture and Human Diversity15
Select two courses from:
Philosophy and Women
Asian Philosophy
American Philosophy
African Philosophy
Race, Gender&Phl
Islamic Phl& Culture
Phl&Cultr Diversty
Philosophy electives (9 hours)
Arts and Human Expression15
Select two courses from:
Philosophy of Art
Phl & Literature
Philosophy & Film
Philosophy of Music
Phl of Language
Philosophy electives (9 hours)
Self-Designed15
Philosophy electives (15 hours)

Breadth
ASI 150Intr to the Univ Exp1
Total Hours to total at least124

1

 Includes CAP Components

2

 PHL courses are not applicable to CAP Advanced Studies.

3

 Students who anticipate graduate work in philosophy are advised to take PHL 302.



 

Minor in Philosophy (phl)

Philosophy
PHL 103Intro To Philosophy3
PHL 301Practical Logic3
or PHL 302 Symbolic Logic
Select one course from:3
Classical Greek PHL
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Kant&19th Cent Phl
20th Century Phl
Select one PHL seminar (400 level)3
Select two PHL courses6
Total Hours18

Courses

PHL 103. Introduction to Philosophy. 3 Hours

Introduction to philosophical reflection and study of some central philosophical questions in the Western intellectual tradition, including questions of ethics, human knowledge, and metaphysics. Readings from major figures in the history of philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, and Kant.

PHL 240. Research Methodologies & Technologies. 1 Hour

Development of research skills appropriate for the major. Students submit papers carefully selected from written work required for major classes. Required for all Philosophy majors. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 301. Practical Logic. 3 Hours

Introduction to the principles of correct reasoning; techniques for the evaluation of arguments; common fallacies in argumentation; applications to current issues in ethics and other areas.

PHL 302. Symbolic Logic. 3 Hours

Concentrated study of the valid forms of deductive argument and proof in propositional logic and in predicate logic; study of formal systems and of logic and language. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 304. Philosophy of Human Nature. 3 Hours

The nature of human beings; the functions of consciousness, the possibility of freedom, the sources of values, and the goals of human life. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 306. Philosophy of Knowledge. 3 Hours

Various criteria, origins, and definitions of knowledge proposed by common sense, science, philosophy, and mysticism; questions of evidence, consistency, and validity pertaining to the problem of truth and belief. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 307. Philosophy & Women. 3 Hours

Issues and problems related to feminist analysis of society and its ideals, such as equal opportunity, sex roles and gender, reverse discrimination, violence, and language. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 308. Metaphysics. 3 Hours

Issues and problems under such topics as appearance and reality; universals; relations of mind and matter; the nature of persons and personal identity; causality; freedom and determination. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 309. Philosophy of Mind. 3 Hours

An analysis of the concept of mind and related issues such as Descartes' mind-body dualism and various responses; the nature of human agency, self-deception; and the rationality of emotions. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 310. Social Philosophy. 3 Hours

The concepts of liberty, justice, and equality as they relate to social problems such as punishment and rehabilitation, insanity and responsibility, privacy, population regulation, economic injustice, environmental degradation, discrimination, and reverse discrimination. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 311. Philosophy of Religion. 3 Hours

The main issues involved in religious belief and practice, such as the relationship between reason and revelation; critical presentation of views of main writers in the field. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 312. Ethics. 3 Hours

Various types of moral and ethical theory in the Western tradition and major problems such as the extent of human responsibility and the conditions for making ethical judgments. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 313. Business Ethnics. 3 Hours

Review of general ethical theory; ethical assessments of incidents that often occur in commerce affecting employees, employers, consumers, competitors, or the local community. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 314. Philosophy of Law. 3 Hours

Major concepts of law to include the nature of law, legal reasoning, liberty, justice, responsibility, punishment. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 315. Medical Ethics. 3 Hours

Introduction to morality in general and inquiry into the major moral problems of medical practice: human life and the preservation of its integrity. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 316. Engineering Ethics. 3 Hours

Introduction to ethical issues in engineering by developing theories of moral justification and codes of ethics for engineers, and by applying these theories and codes to moral issues in engineering. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 317. Ethics & Modern War. 3 Hours

Study in applied ethics focusing on the implications of power politics and militarism; various ethical approaches used to evaluate wars, terrorism and violence; and an overview of some alternatives to war. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 318. Family Ethics. 3 Hours

Introduction to the development of the concept of a family in the tradition of Western philosophy and the philosophic analysis of contemporary ethical problems in marriage and in parenthood. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 319. Information Ethics. 3 Hours

Examination of ethical principles, codes, cases, incidents, and issues in the design, implementation, and use of computerized information systems. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 320. Philosophy of Art. 3 Hours

Theories of art and criteria of evaluation developed by philosophers, artists, and critics; the relationship between art and society and between artistic and other human values. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 321. Environmental Ethics. 3 Hours

Study of the principal ethical perspectives on the treatment of animals and nature including such issues as agriculture, energy, pollution, and economics; assessment of political responses to current environmental problems. Prerequisite(s): PHL103 or ASI 112 or ASI 120.

PHL 323. Philosophy & Literature. 3 Hours

Critical examination of philosophical concepts in selected literary masterpieces, ancient and modern. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 324. Philosophy & Film. 3 Hours

Introduction to philosophical issues and aesthetic theory through a critical reading of texts and examination of selected narrative, documentary, animated, or abstract films. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 325. Philosophy of Music. 3 Hours

Examination of theories on the meaning of music; experiencing music as composer, performer, and listener; aesthetic criteria; moral effect of music. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 327. Philosophy of Peace. 3 Hours

Examination of human violence and ethical justifications for war and exploration of resolutions for human conflict in processes such as pacifism, peacemaking, democratic world governance, nonviolent caring, and a sustainable economy. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 328. Philosophy of Punishment. 3 Hours

Critical examination of punishment, through an analysis of various forms of punishment and what they imply about human nature, power, social norms, and moral principles. Prerequisite(s): ASI 112 or PHL 103.

PHL 330. Philosophy of Science. 3 Hours

Critical examination of the underpinnings of scientific knowledge, and how it differs from other systems of belief and knowledge, through an analysis and evaluation of various scientific concepts such as scientific laws, explanation, observation, and theory, with an exploration of the methods, presuppositions, and biases of scientific knowledge claims. Prerequisite(s): ASI 112 or PHL 103.

PHL 331. Science, Objectivity & Values. 3 Hours

Study of three interrelated issues: the limits of scientific methodology; science as a social institution; and science and human values. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 332. Technology & Values. 3 Hours

Study of the social impact of technology-scientists' responsibility; technological change and social change; the 'technological fix'; democracy and the new technological elite; counter-culture critiques of technology. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 333. Philosophy & Cognitive Science. 3 Hours

Philosophical introduction to recent research in cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience regarding human, animal, and machine intelligence; the relation between mind, brain, and personhood; and the biology of conscious states. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 334. Philosophy & Ecology. 3 Hours

An examination of the epistemological, methodological, ontological, and value issues of ecology, with a focus on how these issues affect the debates in philosophy of science. Prerequisite(s): PHL 103 or ASI 112.

PHL 340. Special Problems in Philosophy. 1-3 Hours

Examination of perennial and contemporary problems of philosophy. May be repeated when topic changes. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 345. Philosophy Scholars' Seminar. 3 Hours

Study and seminar discussion of selected major philosophical works and the analysis, interpretation, and criticism of these works. Open by permission only to students in the Berry Scholars Program. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 350. Classical Greek Philosophy. 3 Hours

The Greek origins of Western scientific, philosophical, and political thought; relationships to current thoughts; ideas of the pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle in their cultural contexts. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 351. Medieval Philosophy. 3 Hours

Major philosophical problems from the fourth through the sixteenth centuries and their importance in shaping current beliefs and traditions in the Augustinian, Jewish, Islamic, Persian, Thomist, and Oxford cultural settings; human action, conscience, freedom, and law. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 352. Modern Philosophy. 3 Hours

Development of philosophy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries up to Kant with a focus on several major philosophical figures such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 353. Kant & Nineteenth-Century Philosophy. 3 Hours

Development of philosophy beginning with Kant through the nineteenth century including Kant and philosophers such as Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, James, Peirce, and Frege. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 354. Twentieth-Century Philosophy. 3 Hours

Study of some of the major philosophical movements in the twentieth century including phenomenology, existentialism, critical theory (Frankfurt School), hermeneutics, and analytic philosophy. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 355. Asian Philosophy. 3 Hours

Introduction to Asian philosophy through the study of philosophers, texts, philosophical schools and concepts that have their origins in Asia. Comparisons of various Asian philosophies with each other as well as with western traditions. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 356. Christian Philosophy. 3 Hours

Major issues such as the relation of faith to reason, the relation of science to faith, and the problem of natural law. Christian considerations of practical philosophy and social theory. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 357. Radical Philosophy. 3 Hours

Study of major attempts to develop a critical understanding of society; analysis of theories such as socialism, anarchism, feminism, critical theory, and critical race theory. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 358. Marxist Philosophy. 3 Hours

Introduction to the thought of Karl Marx through a study of the historical setting of the man and his writings, along with recent interpretations of his thought. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 360. Existentialism. 3 Hours

Major themes in representatives of the existentialist movement, such as human freedom, the absurdity of human existence, the primacy of action, and the roles of speculation and the emotions. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 361. American Philosophy. 3 Hours

Study of the development of American philosophies in the context of historical interactions among Indigenous, European, African, and Asian worldviews in the Americas. Representatives of classical American pragmatism, such as Peirce, James, Dewey, and Addams will be studied in this context. Prerequisite(s): ASI 112 or PHL 103.

PHL 362. Philosophy of Language. 3 Hours

Theories of meaning and reference and their philosophical significance. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 363. African Philosophy. 3 Hours

Introduction to African world views, ethical notions, and social ideas using analytical and comparative approaches; examination of concepts of human diversity and universality; analysis of the transition of traditional African culture to modernity. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 364. Race, Gender & Philosophy. 3 Hours

Philosophical investigation into the systematic nature of racism and sexism, including inquiry into the epistemological, metaphysical, linguistic, and representational structures that sustain and perpetuate the power dynamics of western post-colonial patriarchial society. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 365. Islamic Philosophy & Culture. 3 Hours

Examination of selected Islamic thinkers and philosophical traditions, from the period of the Ummayyad Caliphate to the postcolonial era, and their influence on Christian and Jewish thought. Islamic conceptions of law, political society, ethics, hermeneutics, science, revelation, and reality. Special emphasis upon the role of the arts in shaping Islamic philosophy. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 370. Political Philosophy. 3 Hours

Philosophical theories regarding the nature of the state and the legitimization of political authority will be analyzed and evaluated in the context of philosophical conceptions of human nature, liberty, equality, justice, welfare, and power. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 371. Philosophy & Human Rights. 3 Hours

Examination of the nature and philosophical foundations of universal moral (human) rights; and application of human rights theory to issues and cases involving civil and political rights, and rights to equality, security, subsistence, education, welfare, employment, and health care. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 372. Values & Economics. 3 Hours

An inquiry into the impact of values and beliefs on the generation of modern economic forces. Analyzing capitalism as a system of validation of beliefs and values, the course relates underdevelopment with the conflict between tradition and modernity. It then reflects on the conditions of change liable to promote global expansion. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 373. Philosophy & Cultural Diversity. 3 Hours

Philosophical investigation into historical, social, and political dimensions of human diversity in its various manifestations. Topics include colonialism, racism, multiculturalism, nationalism, and democracy.

PHL 375. Ethical Theory. 3 Hours

An examination of the significant ethical theories offered by historically significant philosophers along with some contemporary critiques of these theories. The theories examined will include virtue, deontological, and utilitarian approaches. Prerequisite(s): ASI 112 or PHL 103.

PHL 376. Philosophy & Revolution. 3 Hours

No description available.

PHL 377. Philosophy & Mass Media. 3 Hours

No description available.

PHL 378. Concept of the Self. 3 Hours

No description available.

PHL 379. Latin America Philosophy. 3 Hours

No description available.

PHL 380. Language & Our World. 3 Hours

No description available.

PHL 381. Sexual Ethics. 3 Hours

This course will cover various philosophical issues in sexual ethics, including the following: the proper meaning and role of sex within human life; the existence and content of any “natural law(s)” governing sexual activity; the relations between sex, love, and marriage; the meaning and value of sexual freedom; the moral status of homosexuality and same-sex marriage; the meaning and importance of sexual consent; sexual objectification; and the commodification of sex and (mostly) women’s bodies in prostitution and pornography. Special attention will be devoted both to Catholic perspectives and to contemporary feminist perspectives on sexual ethics.

PHL 440. Seminar - Advanced Problems in Philosophy. 3 Hours

Detailed examination of some of the more technical problems of philosophy as well as those problems that arise in interdisciplinary settings upon which philosophers have brought their technical skills to bear. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 451. Seminar - Individual Philosophers. 3 Hours

Detailed examination of the thought of an individual philosopher (e.g., Aquinas, Kant, Rawls, Quine) who is of sufficient importance to warrant special study. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 461. Seminar - Contemporary Epistemology. 3 Hours

Study of recent philosophical work in the theory of knowledge inclusive of scepticism, knowledge and belief, evidence and justification, theories of perception and knowledge, human interests and valuation. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 462. Seminar - Contemporary Ethics. 3 Hours

Study of recent philosophical work in ethics inclusive of an analysis of ethical concepts, theories of normative ethics, theories of human action, and moral justification. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 463. Seminar - Contemporary Metaphysics. 3 Hours

Study of recent work in metaphysics inclusive of the nature of metaphysics, causality, free will and determinism, personal identity and the theory of mind and body. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103.

PHL 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

PHL 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

PHL 490. Directed Readings. 1-4 Hours

Guided independent study primarily for philosophy majors but open to students who have completed twelve semester hours in philosophy. Normally three semester hours but in certain cases the chairperson may approve one, two, or four semester hours. May be repeated when topic changes. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103; permission of department chairperson and instructor.

PHL 492. Directed Research. 3 Hours

Faculty-directed research for philosophy majors who have completed all 300-level requirements and at least one 400-level seminar. Students will write a substantial paper in relation to this research. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112) or PHL 103; permission of department chairperson and instructor.

PHL 495. Internship. 1-3 Hours

Supervised practical and professional experience related to philosophy for philosophy majors who have completed prescribed course work. May be repeated to a maximum of three semester hours. Grading Option Two only. Prerequisite(s): ASI 111, ASI 112; PHL 103, PHL 302, PHL 350, PHL 352; one 400-level seminar; permission of department chairperson.