Courses Summer 2017

Summer 2017 Descriptions


Summer I


PHI 111: Basic Problems of Philosophy (CRN: 51444)
10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. – TRIB A306

Stavroula Glezakos


In this class, we will read works by both classical and contemporary philosophers on questions such as: Is it possible to know anything for certain? Do we possess free will? How is the human mind related to the human body? Is morality relative? How ought we to live? We will consider these questions with the aim of developing the ability to think rigorously and critically, and to gain insight into our own (and others’) views and values.


PHI 115 – Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

12:15-1:30 p.m. – TRIB A306 (CRN: 51449)

1:40-2:55 p.m. – TRIB A306 (CRN: 51448)

Clark Thompson


We shall examine philosophical arguments concerning the existence and nature of God to see how far reason can establish and defend various beliefs about God.  Among the topics we shall explore are: Is it rational to believe in the existence of God, understood as an all-knowing, all-powerful, and perfectly good being? Do features of the natural world entitle us to believe in the existence of such a being? Would it be wrong to believe in God in the absence of sufficient evidence for His existence? How are we to understand the claims that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and perfectly good? Can we reconcile human freedom with divine foreknowledge, and the existence of evil with God’s perfect goodness? Is hell consistent with God’s justice? Are divine commands the source of the moral rightness of acts?


PHI 220: Logic (CRN: 51445)

12:15-1:30 p.m. – TRIB A304

Stavroula Glezakos


The focus of this course will be reasoning, good and bad. In particular, we will investigate varieties of good reasoning and learn methods of evaluating and engaging in it. We will also identify varieties of bad reasoning, and spend some time considering why people might engage in it, or even be persuaded by it. Some of what we study will require mastery of formal methods of proof and calculation, but no prior knowledge of logic or mathematics will be assumed.



Summer II


PHI 113: Knowledge and Reality (CRN: 51450)

12:15-1:30 p.m. – TRIB A306

Ty Goldschmidt


This course introduces some big philosophical debates about our place in the world and our knowledge of the world:

  • Knowledge: How do you know that you’re not in the matrix?
  • God: Is there any evidence for or against the existence of God?
  • Body and soul: Are we purely material beings or do we have souls
  • Free will: What is free will and do we have it?

And a few other questions besides. We’ll have a lot of fun and friendly debate.


PHI 164: Contemporary Moral Problems (CRN: 51449)

10:50 a.m. – 12:05 – TRIB A306

Ty Goldschmidt


In this course, we’ll debate about contemporary and controversial ethical questions:

  • Is the death penalty permissible? Is it wrong? Is it every obligatory?
  • Is abortion permissible? Is it wrong? Is it ever obligatory?
  • What about euthanasia? Our treatment of animals? Drugs? Pornography?

And a few other questions besides. We’ll have a lot of fun and friendly debate.