PHIL 102 Philosophical Classics

Professor: D. Berthold-Bond

CRN: 11666

Distribution: A

Time: W F 9:00 am - 10:20 am OLIN 201

of related interest: French Studies
An introduction to some of the perennial concerns of philosophy, through a survey of a variety of classic texts in the Western philosophical tradition. Themes will include teh nature of ethical life, the meaning and possibility of knowledge, teh concept of the self, the justifiability of the state, teh role fo religious faith within philosophical inquiry, and the nature of philosphical method and style. Readings from Plato--followed by three contrasting portraits of Socrates, by Aristophanes (The Clouds), Soren Kierkegaard (selections formThe Concept of Irony), and Maurice Merleau-Ponty ("In Praise of Philosophy")-- and from Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, and Nietzsche.


PHIL 209 History of Modern Philosophy

Professor: R. Martin

CRN: 11667

Distribution: A

Time: M W 10:30 am - 11:50 am OLIN 301

of related interest: French Studies
The triumphant development of modern science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, of which we are direct heirs, created the task for philosophy of interpreting, of finding the significance of this new kind of knowledge. The result was the development and refinement in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries of the three possible philosophical positions that have dominated thought ever since. Readings from Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume.


PHIL 237 Symbolic Logic

Professor: W. Griffith

CRN: 11668

Distribution: A

Time: Tu Th 9:00 am - 10:20 am ASP 302

The course approaches symbolic logic as the attempt to create symbolic systems to test the validity of deductive arguments expressed in ordinary language. Beginning with the common, informal notion of a valid argument, the course progresses through truth tables; a system of natural deduction for propositional logic, which is proven to be consistent and complete; classical logic, including syllogisms and the square of opposition; Venn diagrams; monadic quantificational theory; and general quantificational theory, relations, and identity, with deductive technique for each. How the latter systems may be developed into higher orders of logic and the foundations of mathematics is outlined. The consistency and completeness of each system is considered, culminating in a brief discussion of Goedel's results and their relevance for mathematics and philosophy.


PHIL 256 Environmental Ethics

Professor: D. Berthold-Bond

CRN: 11670

Distribution: A

Time: W F 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 201

cross-listed: CRES
The course will explore a variety of ethical issues surrounding the relation of human beings to their environment. We will look at several far-reaching critiques of the anthropocentric character of traditional moral paradigms by deep ecologists, ecofeminists, social ecologists, ecotheologians, and others who argue in different ways for fundamentally new accounts of the moral standing of nature and the ethical duties of humans to non-human creatures and things. While we will concentrate on contemporary authors and debates, we will begin by looking at the precedents and origins of the contemporary scene in such nineteenth-century writers as Henry Salt, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and E. P. Evans, and early twentieth-century writers like Aldo Leopold, Joseph Wood Krutch, and Rachel Carson. Throughout our discussion of opposing theoretical constructs, we will give attention to the implications for social policy, legal practice, and political action.


PHIL 257 Feminist Perspectives on Ethics and Political Theory

Professor: P. Droege

CRN: 11671

Distribution: A

Time: Tu Th 10:30 am - 11:50 am OLIN 308

cross-listed: Gender Studies
Feminist theorizing on the role of women in society has posed serious challenges to traditional forms of analysis in both ethics and political theory. The course will consider first the repercussions of Carol Gilligan's Care Perspective on moral theory. In light of this analysis, several feminist political theories will be evaluated for their ability to address the moral concerns of women as well as their economic and political needs. Topics for discussion will include the plausibility and desirability of a "woman's perspective", the tensions between moral and political theory generally, and the conflicts among feminist theories specifically. Course readings will juxtapose traditional theorists--Kant, Locke, Marx--against feminists such as Gilligan, MacKinnon, Firestone and hooks.


PHIL 385 The Philosophy of Wittgenstein

Professor: W. Griffith

CRN: 11672

Distribution: A

Time: Th 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm ASP 302

cross-listed: German Studies
Readings: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, The Blue Book, and The Philosophical Investigations.