Invites students to philosophize, asking and creatively responding to basic questions about human existence which are usually left unasked, e.g., are we free, what is the self, what value should we live for? Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIA or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IB).
PHIL 322 EXISTENTIALISM (Fall 2019)
A close reading of texts from one of the 20th century’s most influential intellectual movements, wherein an analysis of the actual conditions of living is taken as the basis from which to address fundamental questions about the nature and significance of human action. Emphasis is placed on the ideas of freedom, finitude, the existence of God, the nature of personhood and the ethics of relations. Requires study of major historical texts by such philosophers as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, de Beauvoir and Sartre, but with an eye toward contemporary social issues. Significant attention also is given to the literary, dramatic and poetic influence this movement has provoked. Prerequisite: One philosophy course or permission of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
PHIL 325 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (Spring 2020)
Promotes understanding of religious experience by focusing on a variety of its aspects, such as worship, prayer, vocation, mysticism, secularity and the encounter with evil. Prerequisite: One philosophy course or consent of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
PHIL 450 PHILOS CONCEPTS IN LIT (Spring 2020)
Examines a philosophical theme (e.g., existentialism, tragedy) as reflected in works of literature. Theme varies semester to semester. Prerequisites: ENGL 103 and one philosophy course or permission of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.