Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 100  Heritage of Inquiry: an Introduction to Philosophy  3  

An introduction to philosophical inquiry as it has been practiced since Socrates, with attention to classic problems of philosophy such as the relation of mind and body, the nature of learning and knowledge, and the concept of truth.

Core Category: Western Tradition  
PHIL 130  Special Topics  1-3  
PHIL 211  Faith and Philosophy  3  

A course on learning to reason about matters of faith. Topics include classic arguments for the existence and attributes of God, the rationality of faith, and the problem of evil.

Core Category: Theology  
PHIL 220  Introduction to Logic  3  

A course on the art of critical thinking and its application to arguments found in everyday life (e.g., in newspapers). Attention will be given to informal fallacies and to elementary formal logic (the sentential calculus).

PHIL 225  Christian Sexual Ethics  3  

This introductory-level course is an effort to think together from a Christian perspective about issues such as the meaning of the body, the nature of marriage, and the virtue of chastity.

Core Category: Social Justice  
PHIL 230  Special Topics  1-3  
PHIL 260W  Philosophy and Literature  3  

Readings from literary texts (poems, plays or stories) that conduct philosophical inquiries in literary form, with attention to why the irreducible literary form, with its special challenges and pleasures, is inseparable from the pursuit of philosophy. This is a writing intensive course.

Core Category: Arts and Literature  
PHIL 303  Ancient Philosophy: Origins  3  

Readings from the ancient classical texts that originated the Western philosophical tradition, focusing especially on Plato and Aristotle and investigating both their usefulness and their provocativeness for Christian thought.

PHIL 304  Medieval Philosophy: the Christian Tradition  3  

Readings from medieval philosophical texts in which Christians such as Augustine, Anselm and Aquinas use, criticize and transform ancient philosophy for specifically Christian purposes.

PHIL 305  Modern Philosophy: the Quest for Foundation  3  

Readings from texts in the Western philosophical tradition from Descartes to Kant, with attention to how they have shaped modernity and its view of knowledge, morality and human nature.

PHIL 306  Continental Philosophy: Existentialism And Postmodernism  3  

A survey of key thinkers in the realm of German and French philosophy from the 19th century through the present (e.g., Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Derrida) with special attention to implications for Christian faith.

PHIL 311  Ethics and Justice  3  

An investigation of ethics in the Western tradition, moving historically from ancient concerns with the good life and its virtues, through Christian appropriations of ancient ethics, to the emergence of modern systems such as Kantianism and utilitarianism.

PHIL 321  Symbolic Logic  3  

An introduction to formal techniques for assessing the validity of arguments, including truth tables, the sentential calculus, and quantification.

PHIL 330  Special Topics  1-3  
PHIL 330A  Contemporary Moral Psychology  3  
PHIL 330B  Christian Sexual Ethics  3  

Inhabitants of our contemporary culture both in and out of the church are in desperate need of clear thinking about the virtues, norms, and judgments relevant to our lives as sexual beings. In this introductory-level course, we will interact with contemporary philosophers and moral theologians in an effort to think clearly and Christianly about issues such as the significance of the body, contraception, chastity, the goods of marriage, and so on.

PHIL 330D  Soren Kierkegaard  3  

This course is a survey of Kierkegaard's authorship, reading excerpts from almost all of his major works and one or two texts in their entirety. We will consider Kierkegaard as a religious thinker and virtue ethicist in an Augustinian tradition, rather than as an existentialist. Topics covered include the nature of the self, faith, sin, knowledge, virtue(s), love, rational agency, and modern philosophy.

PHIL 330F  Philosophy and Literature  3  
PHIL 350  Epistemology and Metaphysics  3  

A survey of key thinkers and problems in recent Anglo-American philosophy (e.g., Russell, Ayer, Wittgenstein, Ryle, Kuhn, Quine, Davidson, Rorty, Plantinga) with special attention to implications for Christian faith.

PHIL 400  Directed Study  1-3  
PHIL 440  Truth and Meaning: Hermeneutics  3  

An advanced seminar course on selected topics in philosophical hermeneutics(e.g., the nature of understanding, tradition and rationality) with special focus on how this affects Christian thought.

PHIL 450  The Christian Mind  3  

An advanced seminar course on the task and promise of Christian philosophy. Attention is paid to both the theory and practice of the Christian intellectual life.

PHIL 498  Teaching Assistant  1-3