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Summer 2007


General Education Info: GFR | GEP (for students starting Fall 2007)



PHIL 100  Introduction to Philosophy (AH)                         3 credits
An introduction to fundamental philosophical concepts and methods, through the consideration of issues such as the existence and nature of God, the relationship between mind and body, personal identity, the relationship between free will and determinism, moral responsibility, the nature and possibility of knowledge, causality and the nature of reality. The course emphasizes the formulation and evaluation of philosophical arguments and may draw upon historical as well as contemporary readings.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0239] 7060 Meets 07/09/2007 - 08/17/2007             TEMPLETON, R
            MW.........9:00am-12:10pm (FA  018)


PHIL 150  Contemporary Moral Issues (AH)                          3 credits
Hybrid Course - An introduction to the problems and concepts of moral philosophy that focuses on current moral issues. This course introduces students to moral theories and their implications, the nature of moral reasoning and argument, and the meaning and justification of moral concepts such as obligation and rights. The topic for this course is the moral issues of war with specific attention to the war against terrorism. Students enrolled but not attending the first class meeting will be dropped from the class. For more information contact philseng@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0240] 7050 Meets 07/09/2007 - 08/03/2007             SENG, P
            MWTh.......6:00pm- 9:10pm (ITE 227)


PHIL 152  Introduction to Moral Theory (AH)                       3 credits
An introduction to philosophical theories of morality, which address such questions as: What ought we do? How ought we live? Is there any right answer to such questions? If there are any right answers, upon what are they based, and how do we come to know them? What makes it the case that we should or should not lie, kill other people or eat animals? Various theoretical positions are covered and may include moral skepticism or relativism, Aristotelianism or virtue ethics, utilitarianism, Kantianism and other forms of non-consequentialism. Readings may include both historical and contemporary sources. Critical and charitable reading, argument analysis and writing are emphasized. For more information contact jathomas@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0241] 6060 Meets 05/29/2007 - 07/06/2007             THOMAS, J
            TuTh.......9:00am-12:10pm (ITE 239)


PHIL 248  Introduction to Scientific Reasoning (AH)               3 credits
Hybrid Course - The study of scientific reasoning. Among the central issues are: deductive reasoning; inductive reasoning; the justification of inductive inferences; examples of inductive reasoning, such as statistical inferences with respect to both correlation and causal hypotheses; the nature of science and its evolution; analysis of the roles that models, predictions and evidence play in justifying scientific theories. Students enrolled but not attending the first class meeting will be dropped from the class. For more information contact philseng@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0243] 7050 Meets 07/09/2007 - 08/03/2007             SENG, P
            MWTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ITE 227)


PHIL 251  Ethical Issues in Science, Engineering                  3 credits
          and Information Technology (AH)                   
The primary focus of this course will be inquiry into the ethical responsibilities of scientists, engineers and information technologists in today's high-tech, information-oriented society. Students will be introduced to both historical and contemporary issues involving ethical and professional responsibility through an extensive discussion and analysis of case studies. The key feature of this course will involve learning how to conduct an ethical analysis and then learning how to apply this analysis to a case study. Teams will be formed early in the semester so each group can meet and discuss case studies before they are discussed in class and before written assignments are due. Each team also will be required to engage in an extended case study project that will culminate in a team presentation of the case study in a PowerPoint format. For more information contact rwilso4@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0244] 7040 Meets 07/09/2007 - 08/03/2007             WILSON, R
            MWTh.......6:00pm- 9:10pm (ACIV006)


PHIL 321  History of Philosophy: Ancient (AH)                     3 credits
The history of major philosophical views from the pre-Socratics through Hellenistic philosophy, with special emphasis on the early and middle dialogues of Plato and the physical, ethical and metaphysical works of Aristotle. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor. For more information contact Ealick@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0245] 7060 Meets 07/09/2007 - 08/17/2007             EALICK, G
            MW.........9:00am-12:10pm (ACIV305)


PHIL 322  History of Philosophy: Modern (AH)                      3 credits
An examination of major philosophical positions in the 17th and 18th centuries. Philosophers studied typically include Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume and Kant. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH.
[0246] 6040 Meets 05/29/2007 - 06/22/2007             WILSON, R
            MWTh.......6:00pm- 9:10pm (FA  530)


PHIL 334  Asian Philosophy (AH or C)                              3 credits
This course will consist of a critical survey of the major philosophical and spiritual traditions of India, China and Japan. The key concepts and principles of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism and Shintoism will be examined and discussed. Topics will include the difference in emphasis and approach between the philosophical thought of East and West, the conceptual relations between the various Asian traditions and the importance of the concept of enlightenment in Asian thought. Special attention will be given to the role that Asian philosophy has played in shaping Asian culture. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP:N/A. GFR:Meets AH or C.
[0247] 6060 Meets 05/29/2007 - 07/06/2007             TEMPLETON, R
            MW.........9:00am-12:10pm (FA  018)


PHIL 346  Deductive Systems                                       3 credits
An introduction to symbolized deductive logic, including the construction of formalized systems for traditional logic, the sentential calculus and first-order predicate calculus. These systems will be constructed semantically (as formalizations of deductive reasoning in natural languages) and syntactically (as uninterpreted systems). The course emphasizes the distinction between mechanical decision procedures and the construction of deductive proofs. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor. For more information contact rwilso4@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
[0248] 7040 Meets 07/09/2007 - 08/03/2007             WILSON, R
            MWTh.......1:00pm- 4:15pm (FA  530)


PHIL 399A Topics in Philosophy Philosophy of Humor                3 credits
In this class we will be examining the questions: what makes something funny and why? The answer to this question will be pursued by looking at philosophers dating back to Aristotle and up to some contemporary theories. We will also look at some non-philosophical examples of humor and jokes in both print and visual mediums in order to see how well the discussed theories apply. Readings will come from a selection of articles with other material being provided throughout the semester in the form of handouts. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor. Note: May be repeated for credit with the permission of the department. For more information contact jathomas@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
[0249] 6040 Meets 05/29/2007 - 06/22/2007             THOMAS, J
            MWF........9:00am-12:10pm (SOND101)


PHIL 400  Independent Study in Philosophy                       1-4 credits

(PermReq) Grade   Method:   REG/P-F/AUD   Individual
          Instruction  course: contact department or
          instructor to obtain section number.


PHIL 799  Master's Thesis Research Master's Thesis              1-6 credits
          Research                                          

(PermReq) Grade  Method: P-F  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


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