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Winter 2003




PHIL 152  Introduction to Moral Theory (AH)                       3 credits
An introduction to philosophical theories of morality, which address such questions as: What ought we to do? How ought we to 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 many 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.
          Grade Method: REG
          GER: meets A/H. GDR: meets H.
[0062] 9101 TuWThF.....1:00pm- 4:10pm (FA  530)       WILSON, R


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/AUD
          GER: meets A/H or C. GDR: meets H.
[0063] 9101 MTuWTh.....9:00am-12:10pm (FA  018)       TEMPLETON, R


PHIL 420  Continental Philosophy                                  3 credits
A study of central texts and themes in the 19th-and 20th- century European philosophy. Readings will be drawn from figures such as Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleu-Ponty, Foucault and Derrida. Prerequisite: Two courses in philosophy or permission of instructor. For more information contact rwilso4@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
[0064] 9101 MTuWTh.....6:00pm- 9:10pm (FA  530)       WILSON, R


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