Course Descriptions

Fall Quarter 2023

PHIL 2600: Introduction to Logic

Dr. Wai-Shun Hung
10:55-12:20 MWF

This course is an introduction to elementary symbolic logic. Its main goal is to help students develop their skills in evaluating and constructing arguments. Topics covered include propositional logic (truth-tables and natural deduction), predicate logic, inductive and causal reasoning, and informal fallacies.  

PHIL 3010: Ancient Philosophy
Dr. Maria Carl
1:30-3:35 TTh

The foundational course in the history of philosophy sequence examines selected works by Plato, Confucius, and Aristotle. In addition, we will read short selections from the Upanishads and discuss women philosophers who are often excluded from standard surveys. The major theme of the course is ancient perspectives on what it means to live a good life.  (Counts toward the Ethics minor.)  

PHIL 3060: Philosophy & Psychology
Dr. Alexandra Romanyshyn
12:30-1:55 MWF

This course will examine issues that lie at the intersection of philosophy and psychology. Our point of entry will be a discussion of the self, and how it is described by philosophers and psychologists. From there, we will discuss the connection between the self and well-being, on the one hand, and psychopathology, on the other. We will discuss what Parnas and Sass dub “self pathologies,” and from there move to a discussion of metaphysical, multicultural, and ethical issues surrounding psychopathology. Lastly, we will explore topics of self-knowledge, empathy, and neurodivergence.   X: PSYC 3910

PHIL 3780: Environmental Philosophy
Dr. Jason Wirth
3:45-5:50 TTh

What is it to study environmental philosophy in a time of ecological crisis? How is the ecological crisis related to other crises like economic inequity, racism, and misogyny? We will attempt to explore these questions at a sufficiently radical level and do so by exploring underrepresented voices and issues like indigenous thought, anarchic thought, Buddhist thought, eco-feminist thought, and other forms of countercultural resistance.  

PHIL 4850: Major Figure: Angela Davis
Dr. Natalie Cisneros
10:15-12:20 TTh

What does it mean to change history, and how is political transformation possible? What is intersectional feminism, and how do we build solidarity across movements for social justice around the globe? For over 50 years, activist and scholar Angela Davis has organized and theorized resistance to white supremacy, hetero-patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, and carceral culture. In this course, we will explore Davis’s critical examinations of these structures of power. We will also study how her scholarship and activism teaches strategies of resistance and new ways to imagine our shared futures, including Black, intersectional, and abolition feminisms.