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Upcoming & Current Courses in Philosophy

Here are the courses the department is offering now and next semester, along with their instructors' descriptions. General descriptions of all DePauw courses in philosophy, along with major and minor requirements, may be found under All Courses.

Philosophy courses for Spring 2017

(Fall 2016 course descriptions are below.)

PHIL 101A: INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY
Professor Daniel Shannon, 10:20-11:20 MWF
This course is a historical introduction to philosophy. We will cover themes, ideas, and arguments from the ancient Greeks to contemporary existentialism and feminism. The main areas of philosophy (logic, epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics) will be covered.  The course involves a mixture of lectures and class discussions. There will be an emphasis on writing argumentative essays. There will be several small tests. 

PHIL 101B: INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY
Professor Erik Wielenberg, 2:50-3:50 MWF
This course introduces students to some of the central topics and methods of philosophy. The course will focus on these questions: What is free will, and do we have it? Do we have non-physical minds or souls? What are the legitimate limits of the State’s power over its citizens? Is civil disobedience ever morally permissible and, if so, under what circumstances? Does God exist? The readings for the course are drawn from a bewildering variety of classic and contemporary sources and include works by Plato, Martin Luther King Jr., C.S. Lewis, Patricia Churchland, Martha Nussbaum, Marilyn Adams, and Richard Dawkins. The requirements include tests, a paper, and unannounced reading quizzes.

PHIL 101C: INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY
Professor Jeremy Anderson, 9:10-10:10 MWF
We will consider several important topics in philosophy such as our knowledge of the world outside our minds, God’s existence, human freedom, and how we should live. To do so we will read, discuss, and critique philosophical works from ancient times to the present. Requirements will include written responses to readings, short papers, exams, participation, and possibly a presentation.

PHIL 101D: INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY
Professor Marcia McKelligan, 12:30-1:30 MWF
Exploration of philosophical problems and questions about God, consciousness, free will, and ethics. Class sessions are an informal mixture of lecture and discussion. The readings consist of selections from both classical and contemporary philosophers. Grades are determined by a mix of exams and papers.

PHIL 209A: TPS: EXAMINED LIFE
Professor Richard Cameron, 10:20-11:20 MWF
Socrates famously claimed that the unexamined life is not worth living.  But that claim is extremely puzzling -- we all know people who lead unexamined lives that, nevertheless, seem eminently worth living.  Was Socrates just wrong, or was he getting at something deeper?   If so, what might that deeper meaning be?  We'll look at both Platonic texts about Socrates and examples of more contemporary issues calling on us to examine our own lives as we work through this puzzle.

 

PHIL 209B: NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY
Professor Andrea Sullivan-Clarke, 1:40-2:40 MWF
This course is an introduction to the basic issues, arguments, and methods of traditional and contemporary Native American Philosophy. As we examine different areas in philosophy, we will learn about the similarities and differences between the Western and Native American traditions. The areas to be covered in class include (but are not limited to): logic, metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, and ethics. While covering these areas, we will actively engage issues affecting Indian Country today. Course objectives include: 
1. Demonstrating a general knowledge and comprehension of how the experience of the Indigenous people of North America differs from those of the colonizing and immigrant peoples. 
2. Developing critical reasoning skills through the study of Western and Native American philosophical frameworks. 
3. Improving formal expression of philosophical positions through writing and speaking assignments. 

PHIL 213A: HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: MEDIEVAL
Professor Daniel Shannon, 12:30-1:30 MWF
This course covers topics and significant philosophers from the Middle Ages. Some topics include, what is truth?, are we genuinely free or determined beings?, can we know God's existence and attributes?, does the world have a beginning?, and whether life in this world has much meaning?  Various traditions will be featured, including Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thinkers. There will be class presentations, papers, and tests. This course may count towards the European Studies interdisciplinary minor.

PHIL 230A: ETHICAL THEORY ‘W’
Professor Erik Wielenberg, 9:10-10:10 MWF
This course is devoted to an examination of some of the central questions in theoretical ethics. Specifically, we will consider each of the following questions: What makes a human life good for the one who lives it? What is the nature of good (and evil) character? What makes morally right acts right? What is the relationship, if any, between living a moral life and living a life that is good for you? We will critically examine both historical and contemporary attempts to answer each of these questions. The readings include some classics of ethical philosophy by Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill, some works of fiction, such as Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild” and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, plus a smattering of shorter pieces from philosophy and psychology. The requirements include tests, papers, and unannounced reading quizzes.

 

PHIL 230B: ETHICAL THEORY
Professor Jeremy Anderson, 12:30-1:30 MWF
The question, "What should I do?" is ubiquitous for us. Clearly, in most situations, some choices are better than others. Further, various explanations can be given for why some choices are better, and some explanations are better than others. In this course we will consider several major types of ethical theory-- that is, explanations for why some choices are better -- and examine their features, merits, and weaknesses.  If time permits we may also consider various controversial issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and war. Requirements will include exams, papers, a presentation, and participation.

PHIL 233A:ETHICS & BUSINESS
Professor Stuart Yoak, 12:40-2:10 TR
Business ethics is about decision making and managing the values that drive relationships both inside and outside the company. The course is organized around a series of contemporary ethical situations in national and international business. Using critical thinking tools and core models for ethical decision making, students will gain competency in the analysis and application of these skills in proposing solutions to complex and often controversial situations confronting business leaders today. The course involves both individual and team based assignments, as well as active class discussion.

 

PHIL 242A PHILOSOPHY OF SEX & GENDER
Professor Daniel Shannon, 2:50-3:50 MWF
Traditional and contemporary theories on the nature of love, sex, and marriage will be discussed. We will also examine arguments concerning feminism, pornography, and the nature of homosexuality. There will be several writing assignments, including two major papers; class participation will be extensive. This course may count towards the European Studies interdisciplinary minor. May not be taken pass-fail.

PHIL 251A: LOGIC  ‘Q’
Professor Jeffrey Dunn, 8:00-9:00 MWF
This course is an introduction to symbolic logic. The main goal is to familiarize you with certain formal methods for representing and evaluating deductive arguments. The course covers both sentential logic and predicate logic, with work equally divided between translating sentences into formal notation, and constructing formal proofs. Time permitting, we will consider the limits of deductive logic and consider some basic inductive logic. Requirements for this class include regular homework assignments, exams, and a final project. May not be taken pass-fail.

PHIL 251B: LOGIC  ‘Q’
Professor Ashley Puzzo, 10:00-11:30 TR
What follows from what and why?  Logic is the formal study of inference and has played a central role in both philosophical and scientific inquiry for over 2,000 years.  We begin with an examination of propositional logic from both a syntactic and semantic perspective.  We will then transition into a study of quantificational logic including identity.  At the end of the semester we will do some readings in both metaphysics and ethics so the student may see how logic is used in philosophy.  In addition to homework and exams the student will have the opportunity to write a paper on her choice of the readings at the end of the semester.  For questions please do not hesitate to email me: ashleypuzzo@depauw.edu

PHIL 309A: TPS: FEMINISM AND SCIENCE
Professor Andrea Sullivan-Clarke, 10:20-11:20 MWF
Feminist historians, sociologists, and philosophers have charged that “modern, Western science is a distinctly masculine enterprise” (Kourany, 1).  How did this come to be? Why are women still the minority in the STEM fields today? What does a feminist science look like?  In this course, we will answer these questions through the examination of the rich and heterogeneous research tradition of feminist philosophy. We will study the omission of women from the historical philosophical discourse on rationality and trace the trajectory of philosophical theories about science as advanced by feminist philosophers and feminist scientists when they emerged in the 1980’s.  We will continue our investigation through current approaches, ultimately considering what are the features of a socially responsible science.  Central themes include focusing on who is conducting scientific research and the “situatedness” of knowers; delineating what kind of enterprise is science (what are its aims, methods, and subject matter) and detailing the social implications of a feminist science.  

PHIL 309B: TPS: WAR & TERRORISM
Professor Jeremy Anderson, 2:20-3:50 MW
We will look at activities that, despite our protestations of dislike for them, we engage in a lot: war and terrorism. Specifically, we will critically examine (a) realism, i.e., the view that morality is irrelevant to international relations, (b) pacifism, (c) traditional ideas concerning the morality of war and some recent innovations, (d) the nature of terrorism and responses to it. Assignments will include lots of readings, an exam or two, short papers and a long paper, and presentations.

 

PHIL 309C: TPS: ETHICS & ECONOMICS
Professor Jennifer Everett, 8:20-9:50 TR
In this course we will explore questions in metaethics, ethical theory, and/or social and political philosophy that bear on economic theory and analysis. Topics may include the ethical limits of the market; environmental and ecological economics; cost-benefit analysis in public policy; economic justice; and/or concepts such as rationality, happiness, well-being, and efficiency. Since we will focus on philosophical approaches to these topics, no prior background in economics is required. Familiarity with prevailing bodies of ethical theory is advised.

PHIL 353A: METAPHYSICS
Professor Richard Cameron, 10:00-11:30 TR
Metaphysics is the philosophical study of what exists. We will “go beyond” physics in that if, e.g., physics employs the notion of a cause then we will ask what a cause is (something physics cannot answer). Our investigation will be critical, focused on arguments and reasons, and the topics will range over some of the most abstract questions ever asked: are there universals? Do we survive our deaths? Why is there something rather than nothing? Etc. We’ll also begin by asking why metaphysics matters, and end by discussing in more detail what it is. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor.

PHIL 469A: PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEM: HUMILITY
Professor Erik Wielenberg, 2:20-3:50 TR
While identified as a tremendously important virtue in the Christian tradition, humility is somewhat controversial trait outside of a religious context. We will first examine humility as a Christian virtue, focusing on how humility is construed within Christianity and why it is viewed as so important in that tradition. We will next turn to some critical discussions of humility outside of Christianity before considering what Confucian thought has to say about humility’s nature and importance. Finally, we will examine contemporary work on humility by philosophers and psychologists. In addition to understanding and evaluating a number of views and arguments about humility, we will seek an answer to the following questions: (1) what would it mean for us to be humble? (2) should we be humble – and if so, why? Requirements include two short papers, a final paper, and two exams. Pre-requisites: any two courses in philosophy or permission of instructor.

PHIL 470A: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Staff, Time Arranged
Directed studies in a selected field or fields of philosophy. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

PHIL 490A: SENIOR SEMINAR  ‘S’
Professor Jeffrey Dunn, 7:00-9:50 pm R
This class is the capstone course for majors in philosophy. It covers a broad range of advanced topics in philosophy; typically three or four topics are covered during the semester. Topics may be treated historically or systematically. The students are responsible for presentations and discussions of the material. Several papers will be assigned. May not be taken pass/fail. Open only to seniors.

PHIL 491A:  SENIOR THESIS
Staff, Time Arranged
This course provides an opportunity for outstanding philosophy majors to produce a substantial (normally 30+ pages in length) research paper on an important topic in philosophy. Students who are planning to do graduate work in philosophy are encouraged to take this course. Students must apply to the department for approval to undertake this project. Accepted students will be assigned a thesis advisor who will set the schedule for the completion of the paper. The course culminates with an oral defense of the completed paper. Prerequisite: Major in philosophy, senior status and departmental approval. May not be taken pass-fail.

 


philosophy courses for Fall 2016

(Spring 2017 course descriptions are above.)

PHIL 101A: INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY
Professor Erik Wielenberg, 2:50-3:50 MWF

This course introduces students to some of the central topics and methods of philosophy. The course will focus on these questions: What is free will, and do we have it? Do we have non-physical minds or souls? What are the legitimate limits of the State’s power over its citizens? Is civil disobedience ever morally permissible and, if so, under what circumstances? Does God exist? The readings for the course are drawn from a bewildering variety of classic and contemporary sources and include works by Plato, Martin Luther King Jr., C.S. Lewis, Patricia Churchland, Martha Nussbaum, Marilyn Adams, and Richard Dawkins. The requirements include tests, a paper, and unannounced reading quizzes.

PHIL 101B: INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY
Professor Jeremy Anderson, 10:20-11:20 MWF

We will consider several important topics in philosophy such as our knowledge of the world outside our minds, God’s existence, human freedom, and how we should live. To do so we will read, discuss, and critique philosophical works from ancient times to the present. Requirements will include written responses to readings, short papers, exams, participation, and possibly a presentation.

PHIL 101C: INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY
Professor Andrea Sullivan-Clarke, 1:40-2:40 MWF

In this course, we will examine some of the most interesting topics in the Western philosophical tradition.  Intended as a general introduction to philosophy, this course introduces students to its methods, some of its canonical source material, and some of its key questions.  During the term, we will consider such topics as whether we can have knowledge of the external world; the nature of justice; how the mind figures in the physical world; whether we are truly free; and how we ought to live our lives.  Not only will the course be devoted to these topics, it will also be a “tutorial” of sorts for students who may be interested in pursuing philosophy as a major or a minor.  For example, it will address “what is philosophy?”, and “how does one go about doing it?”  For the non-majors (or for those who don’t yet know what they want to do), we will connect what we learn in the class with other disciplines, and recognize how philosophical modes of thinking and arguing (with its focus on clarity, criticism, and rigor) can be used to great effect in other disciplines.

PHIL 209A: TPS: DARWIN
Professor Jeff Dunn, 1:40-2:40 MWF

In The Origin of Species, Darwin presents a compelling argument for the theory of evolution by natural selection, a theory with tremendous explanatory power. This theory is critically important to understanding the biological sciences. But Darwin's ideas have been influential in other areas, including politics, ethics, computer science, psychology, and religion. In this course we will consider Darwin's arguments, his theory, and the controversies and impact of Darwinian ideas both inside and outside of biology. Requirements for this course include active participation, writing assignments, and exams.

PHIL 209B: TPS: ETHICS BOWL
Professor Marcia McKelligan, 2:50-3:50MWF and 7:00-950 pm T

In this class, we will prepare for the regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition at Marian University on November 12, 2016.  I hope to have two teams of 5-6 enter the competition.  To prepare we will cover the basics of ethical theory and then explore the particular moral and social policy questions raised in the 15 cases that will be made available in early September.  Each student will take the lead on three cases, doing appropriate research, formulating a position and constructing a solid argument for that position.  All cases will be discussed in detail by all members of the class.  We will meet as a group for 3 to 6 hours a week (perhaps more once in a while). Students will write several drafts of papers that will form the basis of their case presentations.  Those drafts will be energetically (but charitably and in a friendly way) critiqued by other members of the class.  One goal will be for a DePauw team to win or place highly enough in the regional competition to earn a bid to the national competition in Dallas in February.  The more significant goals will be to learn in depth about timely and important moral issues, hone your argumentative skills, and gain experience and confidence in the oral presentation and defense of your ideas.  Some of you may already be familiar with the Ethics Bowl competition.  This is the first time that participation is being offered as a full-credit course. Instructor's permission is required to enroll in the course.  Please see me as soon as possible so that I can answer your questions and we can determine if this class is a good option for you.  You can learn more about Ethics Bowl at http://appe.indiana.edu/ethics-bowl/ethics-bowl/.

PHIL 212A: HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY - ANCIENT
Professor Rich Cameron, 10:00-11:30 TR
We survey the origins of Western philosophy through a close textual and philosophical investigation of core texts. Themes covered include the birth of philosophical method (epistemology), the nature of being and the possibility of change (metaphysics), and how, by our own lights, we think we ought to live our lives (ethics). The survey covers thinkers from the presocratics through the Hellenistic period with special emphasis on Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

PHIL 230A: ETHICAL THEORY
Professor Erik Wielenberg, 9:10-10:10 MWF
This course is devoted to an examination of some of the central questions in theoretical ethics. Specifically, we will consider each of the following questions: What makes a human life good for the one who lives it? What is the nature of good (and evil) character? What makes morally right acts right? What is the relationship, if any, between living a moral life and living a life that is good for you? We will critically examine both historical and contemporary attempts to answer each of these questions. The readings include some classics of ethical philosophy by Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill, some works of fiction, such as Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, plus a smattering of shorter pieces from philosophy, psychology, and economics. The requirements include tests, a paper, and unannounced reading quizzes.

PHIL 230B: ETHICAL THEORY
Professor Jeremy Anderson, 12:30-1:30 MWF
The question, "What should I do?" is ubiquitous for us. Clearly, in most situations, some choices are better than others. Further, various explanations can be given for why some choices are better, and some explanations are better than others. In this course we will consider several major types of ethical theory -- that is, explanations for why some choices are better -- and examine their features, merits, and weaknesses.  If time permits we may also consider various controversial issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and war. Requirements will include exams, papers, a presentation, and participation.

PHIL 232A: ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
Professor Jen Everett, 9:10-10:10 MWF
Environmental ethics is a subfield of philosophy which studies the extent of, limits to, and grounds for our moral obligations with respect to the more-than-human world. It is also a practical, interdisciplinary field concerned with identifying and facilitating environmentally ethical behaviors, policies, and social systems. This course aims to do justice to both aspects of the field (and to advance the civic engagement goals of a liberal education) by discussing key works, concepts, and theories in environmental philosophy and by grounding these ideas in real-world environmental problems.

PHIL 233A: ETHICS & BUSINESS
Professor Keith Nightenhelser, 12:40-2:10 TR
Ethics and Business will apply the major normative theories of the Western philosophical tradition--virtue ethics, deontology, and utilitarianism--to the special circumstances of business, and mostly to the special circumstances of for-profit corporations, although much of the course also will apply to other business forms such as partnerships and single proprietorships, and to non-profit corporations.  These special circumstances will include the obligations of a business to its different stakeholders--owners, customers, employees, and bystanders--the problems posed by the question of who to hold responsible when a corporation causes harm, the problems posed by operating internationally in different legal and social environments, how to address externalities such as the environment and broad social consequences of business operations, whistleblowing situations, the proper use of business power to influence parties such as government officials (via expertise, lobbying, or direct support) or children (via advertising), principal-agent problems, and what individual associates of businesses need to think about in order to find their way in the complex situations in which their employment may place them.  Ethics and Business is an introductory applied philosophy course, and has no prerequisites.

PHIL 234A: BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
Professor Marcia McKelligan, 12:40-2:10 TR
This course examines a wide range of moral and social policy questions that arise in the context of medical research and the practice and business of medicine. We will examine claims about physician responsibilities such as truth-telling, confidentiality, and respecting patient autonomy. We will look at the concept of informed consent in medical research on human subjects and concerns raised about experimentation on animals. We will look at an array of life-and-death decisions that physicians and patients face: abortion, treatment or termination of defective infants, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. We will also explore many of the moral challenges generated by such biotechnological capabilities as genetic screening, prenatal genetic diagnosis, and techniques of assisted reproduction. We will consider, too, some of the pressing social issues related to scarcity and allocation of medical resources, such as increasing the supply of organs for transplant and determination of who gets what in times of crisis such as a pandemic. While we will focus most on American health care, we will not neglect global problems. Finally, we raise the question asked by Tom Brokaw in one of the 2008 presidential debates: is health care a privilege, a right or a responsibility? And what do the possible answers to that question suggest about our national health care? The readings are drawn from an anthology of recent articles by philosophers, physicians and legal scholars. The class will be discussion-based. There will be short papers, possibly a test, a term paper and at least one class presentation.

PHIL 242A: PHILOSOPHY OF SEX & GENDER
Professor Dan Shannon, 12:30-1:30 MWF

Traditional and contemporary theories on the nature of love, sex, and marriage will be discussed. We will also examine arguments concerning feminism, pornography, and the nature of homosexuality. There will be several writing assignments, including two major papers; class participation will be extensive. This course may count towards the European Studies interdisciplinary minor. May not be taken pass-fail.

PHIL 251A: LOGIC ‘Q’
Professor Jeff Dunn, 8:00-9:00 MWF

This course is an introduction to symbolic logic. The main goal is to familiarize you with certain formal methods for representing and evaluating deductive arguments. The course covers both sentential logic and predicate logic, with work equally divided between translating sentences into formal notation, and constructing formal proofs. Time permitting, we will consider the limits of deductive logic and consider some basic inductive logic. Requirements for this class include regular homework assignments, exams, and a final project. May not be taken pass-fail.

PHIL 251B: LOGIC ‘Q’
Professor Jeff Dunn, 9:10-10:10 MWF

This course is an introduction to symbolic logic. The main goal is to familiarize you with certain formal methods for representing and evaluating deductive arguments. The course covers both sentential logic and predicate logic, with work equally divided between translating sentences into formal notation, and constructing formal proofs. Time permitting, we will consider the limits of deductive logic and consider some basic inductive logic. Requirements for this class include regular homework assignments, exams, and a final project. May not be taken pass-fail.

PHIL 251C: LOGIC ‘Q’
Professor Ash Puzzo, 1:40-2:40 MWF
What follows from what and why?  Logic is the formal study of inference and has played a central role in both philosophical and scientific inquiry for over 2,000 years.  We begin with an examination of propositional logic from both a syntactic and semantic perspective.  We will then transition into a study of quantificational logic including identity.  At the end of the semester we will do some readings in both metaphysics and ethics so the student may see how logic is used in philosophy.  In addition to homework and exams the student will have the opportunity to write a paper on her choice of the readings at the end of the semester.  For questions please do not hesitate to email me: ashleypuzzo@depauw.edu

PHIL 309A: TPS: NATURAL LAW, PROPERTY AND PERSON
Professor Dan Shannon, 12:40-3:30 T

This course will examine both classical and modern versions of natural law theory with an emphasis on the issue of whether there are natural rights to property and inalienable rights of a person. For the classical formulation we will look at Plato and Saint Thomas Aquinas; for the modern versions will look at Pufendorf, Locke, Hume, Kant, and Hegel. Some of the questions concerning "persons" will include the distinction between a natural and artificial person. May an innocent person be killed morally? Is there a distinction between formal and material innocence? Some questions concerning "property" will include: how does one acquire a property right?  How may property rights be alienated? Is there a moral obligation to protect and care for one's own and another's property? May you retain a property right after you cease to exist? There will also be some discussion of the relationship between natural rights and divine rights, and how natural rights may be used to lay down principles, or postulates, of universal human rights. This course may count towards the European Studies interdisciplinary minor. Prerequisite: one course in Philosophy or permission of instructor.  May be repeated for credit with different topics.

PHIL 309B: TPS: GODLESS UNIVERSE
Professor Erik Wielenberg, 2:20-3:50 TR
Suppose that we are living in a Godless universe; what are the implications of this?  In this course we will carefully examine this question, paying particular attention to the implications of a godless universe for morality.  Among the topics to be considered are theistic attempts to ground morality in God, atheistic moral realism, and the nature of contemporary societies with very small proportions of religious believers.  We will read part or all of God: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist, by William Lane Craig and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Robert Adams’ Finite and Infinite Goods, Phil Zuckerman’s Society without God, Erik Wielenberg’s Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe, and others.  The requirements include some short writing assignments, a term paper, a mid-term exam, and a final exam.  Both theistic and atheistic points of view will be taken seriously and treated with respect.  Pre-requisite: One class in philosophy or permission of instructor.

PHIL 419: MAJOR PHILOSOPHERS: HOBBES
Professor Jeremy Anderson, 2:20-3:50 MW

Thomas Hobbes’ picture of a chaotic, miserable “state of nature” is one of the most famous ideas in political theory and international relations. He was a comprehensive and systematic thinker whose work encompassed not only politics but mathematics, physics, psychology, ethics, and religion. In this course we’ll explore his system of thought, mainly by studying his best-known work, Leviathan, but also some lesser-known work and secondary literature. Work will include written responses to readings, participation, maybe an exam, some papers, and presentations. Prerequisite: two courses in philosophy or instructor's permission.  May be repeated for credit with different topics. Counts toward European Studies Minor.

PHIL 470A: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Staff, Arr

Directed studies in a selected field or fields of philosophy. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

PHIL 491A: SENIOR THESIS
Staff, Arr

This course provides an opportunity for outstanding philosophy majors to produce a substantial (normally 30+ pages in length) research paper on an important topic in philosophy. Students who are planning to do graduate work in philosophy are encouraged to take this course. Students must apply to the department for approval to undertake this project. Accepted students will be assigned a thesis advisor who will set the schedule for the completion of the paper. The course culminates with an oral defense of the completed paper. Prerequisites: Major in Philosophy, senior status, and departmental approval. May not be taken pass/fail.