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2012-14 Online Course Catalog

PHIL - PHILOSOPHY

PHIL A201: Introduction to Philosophy: 3 CR

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Course Attributes: UAA GER Humanities Requirement. Introduces works of major influential thinkers, both ancient and modern, focusing on the Western philosophical tradition. Emphasizes central problems of knowledge, reality, and good and evil. 

PHIL A211: History of Philosophy I: 3 CR

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Course Attributes: UAA GER Humanities Requirement. Survey of primarily Western philosophy from the pre-Socratic era through the late Middle Ages. Traces development of scientific, metaphysical, epistemological and ethical thought with emphasis on pivotal historical figures and debates. 

PHIL A231: Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: 3 CR

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: (ENGL A111 or concurrent enrollment). Crosslisted with: LSIC A231.
Integrated approach to the study of critical and normative thinking, including: standards of truth in logic, mathematics, and science; standards of ethical goodness, and standards for the critical appraisal of art and the beautiful. 

PHIL A301: Ethics: 3 CR

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: ENGL A211 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A212 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A213 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A214 with minimum grade of C. Course Attributes: UAA GER Humanities Requirement. An introduction to major theories in normative ethics and metaethics, and the arguments of important moral philosophers. Emphasis on critical reasoning, as well as evaluation and analysis of arguments. Includes the application of ethical theory to contemporary moral issues, such as rights and distributive justice, environmental and animal issues, abortion, terrorism and euthanasia. 

PHIL A303: Environmental Ethics: 3 CR

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Crosslisted with: ENVI A303. Historical and comparative analysis of Western, non- Western, indigenous and Native American philosophies, concerning the intrinsic, aesthetic and use values of nature and the land. Contemporary environmental ethics, including deep ecology, the land ethic, ecofeminism and animal rights theories will be examined in detail. There will also be a focus on the ethical issues surrounding contemporary environmental controversies, such as land management, wildlife management, wilderness designation, sustainability, biodiversity and species preservation, private property and public commons, environmental racism, human overpopulation, development versus preservation, laboratory use of animals, vivisection, animal farming, subsistence and sports hunting. 

PHIL A313: Eastern Philosophy and Religion: 3 CR

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: ENGL A211 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A212 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A213 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A214 with minimum grade of C. Course Attributes: UAA GER Humanities Requirement. Study of Eastern philosophical and religious traditions, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. Includes studying basic concepts, tenets and practices of these traditions and related modern developments.  

PHIL A390: Selected Topics in Philosophy: 3 CR

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Registration Restrictions: Upper-division standing. Special Note: Course can be repeated for credit with a different subtitle. Detailed study of a selected topic in philosophy. 

PHIL A401: Aesthetics: 3 CR

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
An investigation into the nature of art and the creative process from both an historical and theoretical perspective, utilizing especially the philosophy of the ancient Greeks, the Romantic thinkers and contemporary semiotics.

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