A scientist and an English professor walk into a bar.
The philosopher following them was careful to duck…
Check out these great Spring 2016 courses!
Phil 314: 19th Century History of Philosophy
Dr. William Vaughan [M 6:30--9:15 pm]
The 19th century remains one of the most volatile episodes in the history of philosophy, with revolutionary movements of thinking emerging in rapid succession. The first half of the century is marked by philosophical system-building, embodied by the efforts of German Idealism. We will look at Kant and Hegel as representatives of this endeavor. The second half is marked by system-destroying, that any philosophical ‘system’ of thought necessarily suffocates and suppresses human being. We will look at Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche as representatives of this task. After their explosive efforts, some have concluded that any efforts to construct a comprehensive philosophical system are fruitless. We will explore whether or not this is the case. Note: This course does NOT satisfy a core Humanities requirement, but non-majors can still get a lot out of this class.
Phil 317: Philosophy of Religion
Dr. Louis Mancha [TTh 12:15--1:30 pm]
Traditionally, it is claimed that the God of Western monotheism has certain distinct properties. God is said to be all-powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient), and all-good (omnibenevolent), for example. The significant worry is this: Are those properties consistent? In other words, is God really a possible being? If God is not a possible being, then is it even rational to believe in God? Many philosophers and theologians have developed problems and paradoxes that appear to result from a deeper analysis of these properties. The purpose of this class is to address and respond to these issues. We will study what it means to say that God has certain perfections or properties, and what is implied by them. We will also analyze some of the paradoxes and apparent inconsistencies that philosophers have observed in connection with these properties, and attend to some possible solutions to those paradoxes. Satisfies a Humanities core requirement.
Phil 330: Readings in Philosophy (C.S. Lewis)
Dr. Mark Hamilton [MWF 10--10:50 am]
Is Christianity reasonable? What are the best arguments to confirm Christianity’s truth claims? Do you know anything about the author of The Chronicles of Narnia? This is a course on the most vital and most important Christian writer of the Twentieth Century, C.S. Lewis. Lewis, an Oxford scholar, wrote marvelous works of fiction on unseen worlds and challenging books defending issues like the validity of miracles and the problem of suffering, along with popular essays probing life’s great mysteries. Lewis has boundless insight to the historical and philosophical issues emerging in the Twentieth Century. Enjoy a course that will be explicitly Christian while addressing questions every non-believer asks concerning God. Satisfies a Humanities core requirement.
COMPLETE YOUR CORE with these other Spring offerings!
Math/Logic: Phil 220: Practical Thinking, Dr. Mancha
Humanities: Phil 210: Phil. of Human Nature, Dr. Tiel
Phil 215: Ethics, Dr. Hamilton, and Dr. Mancha
Phil 280A: Sports Ethics, Dr. Hamilton
Phil 280B: Environmental Ethics, Dr. Vaughan
Bring your ‘A’ game to all your classes, whatever your major!
Learn to think philosophically.