Department of Philosophy
Professor Frederick Suppe, Chairperson.
Professors Averill and Curzer; Associate Professors Nathan and Schaller; Assistant Professor Webb; Visiting Assistant Professors Kaufman, Loftis, Meskin, and Rupert.
This department offers study in the following graduate degree program: PHILOSOPHY, Master of Arts. The master's degree program is aimed at providing a broad background in philosophy while encouraging complementary work in an approved minor field of study.
The student may choose to complete 27 hours of graduate course work and then write and defend a master's thesis. Alternatively, the student may complete 36 hours of graduate course work and then take an oral exit examination. Up to one third of the student's course work may consist of graduate courses in disciplines other than philosophy, subject to the approval of the departmental graduate advisor.
For specific information on admission to the program, prospective students should contact the Department of Philosophy and the Graduate School. Students from fields other than philosophy are encouraged to apply although they may be required to complete a certain amount of philosophy leveling work during their first year of enrollment.
Courses in Philosophy. (PHIL)
5301. Studies in Greek Philosophy (3:3:0). Studies in the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic philosophy. May be repeated as topic varies.
5302. Studies in Modern Philosophy (1600-1800) (3:3:0). Studies in major philosophical works of the modern period drawn from such philosophers as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. May be repeated as topic varies.
5305. Studies in American Philosophy (3:3:0). Studies in major American philosophers and philosophical movements from colonial times to the present. May be repeated as topic varies.
5308. Basic Issues in Contemporary Philosophy (3:3:0). Major philosophical theories and controversies of the twentieth century. Works will be drawn from such philosophers as Wittgenstein, Russell, Heidegger, Husserl, Quine, Davidson, and Kripke. May be repeated as topic varies.
5310. History of Aesthetics (3:3:0). Major philosophical theories of art and beauty from classical Greece to the twentieth century. May be repeated as topic varies.
5311. Issues in Logic and Epistemology (3:3:0). A study of one or two questions about the justification of our knowledge of the external world, the mind, mathematics, or logic. May be repeated as topic varies.
5314. Contemporary Aesthetics (3:3:0). Current problems in aesthetics: the nature of a work of art, of aesthetic experience and judgment; issues of interpretation and evaluation in the arts. May be repeated as topic varies.
5320. Seminar in Ethics (3:3:0). Selected topics in ethical theory: relativism, moral reasons, the nature of moral value, deontological and teleological ethics. May be repeated as topic varies.
5321. Social and Political Philosophy (3:3:0). Study of selected social or political philosophers or of selected topics such as justice, liberty, equality, liberalism, conservatism, and rights. May be repeated as topic varies.
5322. Law and Philosophy (3:3:0). Study of works of legal philosophers and central issues in philosophy of law such as legal obligation, nature of law, interpretation, privacy, law and morality. May be repeated as topic varies.
5324. Philosophy of Religion (3:3:0). Central issues in philosophy of religion including the nature of religion, the existence of God, the relation between faith and reason, and the problem of evil.
5330. Philosophy of Science (3:3:0). Methodological and conceptual issues in the physical and social sciences. Emphasis upon scientific investigation as a way of knowing. May be repeated as topic varies.
5331. Philosophical Psychology (3:3:0). Central issues in philosophy of the mind, including the nature of the mental and the relation between mental and physical. Emphasis on thought and perception. May be repeated as topic varies.
5340. Seminar in Metaphysics (3:3:0). An intensive study of one or two topics which include the nature of existence, cause, identity, kinds and their instances, change, and/or mind. May be repeated as topic varies.
5341. Great Figures in Philosophy (3:3:0). In-depth study of the works of just one or two great philosophers. May be repeated as topic varies.
6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).
7000. Research (V1-12).
8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).
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