Winter 2007

PHIL 150  Contemporary Moral Issues (AH)                          3 credits
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. For more information contact philseng@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0073] 9101 MWF........1:00pm- 4:10pm (ITE 227)       SENG, P

PHIL 152  Introduction to Moral Theory (AH)                       3 credits
HYBRID COURSE - 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. This is a hybrid course which means at least one half of the class meetings will involve working on materials that will be posted online by the instructor. Important material will be presented by the instructor in face-to-face class time while at least one half of the course will not require class attendance. Anyone who misses the first class meeting will be automatically dropped from the course with no exceptions. For more information see blackboard.umbc.edu/ contact rwilso4@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0074] 9151 TuTh.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ACIV014)       WILSON, R

PHIL 210  Philosophy of Religion (AH)                             3 credits
A critical examination of the nature and justification of religious belief. Topics to be discussed include the existence of God, the nature of religious belief, the problem of evil, the possibility of life after death, the relation between religion and morality, and one of the most perplexing issues that has Confronted humanity...If "God" is good why is there so much pain, suffering and evil taking place? That is, what is the nature of religious justice or the lack of it in the human experience across the millennia? This course is an exploration into ancient, medieval and modern Western thought from Zoaraster and Job up to the Holocaust and "ethnic cleansing" in the contemporary world. Note: Also listed as RLST 200.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0075] 9101 TuWTh......9:00am-12:10pm (MP  102)       BECKER, M

PHIL 248  Introduction to Scientific Reasoning (AH)               3 credits
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. For more information contact philseng@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0076] 9101 MWF........9:00am-12:10pm (ITE 227)       SENG, P

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 the instructor. For more information contact Ealick@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0077] 9101 MTuW.......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ACIV011)       EALICK, G

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
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H or C. GDR:Meets H.
[0078] 9101 MTuW.......9:00am-12:10pm (FA  018)       TEMPLETON, R

PHIL 356  Philosophy of Law                                       3 credits
What is the rule of law, and why is it a good thing? How should judges interpret the Constitution? Is there a moral obligation to obey the law? What is the philosophical basis of legal responsibility? How is institutional punishment, including capital punishment, justified? What are the legal limits to our freedom? This course addresses these foundational questions and attempts to connect them with practical issues that confront contemporary society. Students will have the opportunity to study various accounts of constitutional interpretation and judicial review through the examination of landmark and recent Supreme Court decisions. The course will occasionally focus on a special topic such as: race and American law, feminist jurisprudence and International criminal tribunals. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor. For more information contact jathomas@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
[0079] 9101 MWF........9:00am-12:10pm (ACIV108)       THOMAS, J

PHIL 420  Continental Philosophy                                  3 credits
A study of central texts and themes in 19th- and 20th-century European philosophy. Readings will be drawn from figures such as Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault and Derrida. Prerequisite: Two courses in philosophy or permission of instructor. For more information contact rwilso4@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
[0080] 9101 TuWTh......6:00pm- 9:10pm (FA  530)       WILSON, R

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