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Winter 2008


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



PHIL 100  Introduction to Philosophy                              3 credits
HYBRID COURSE - 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. For more information contact rwilso4@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0066] 9151 Meets 01/02/2008 - 01/25/2008             WILSON, R
            MW.........9:00am-12:10pm (ITE 229)


PHIL 150  Contemporary Moral Issues                               3 credits
ONLINE 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. Specifically, this course examines issues such as the justification for war, the nature of ethical decision-making required by combatants, the effects of war incurred by the training of soldiers and upon the civilian population caught in the war, and the nature of war as a force of meaning in human life. This course will be conducted online. For more information contact philseng@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0067] 9131 Meets 01/02/2008 - 01/25/2008             SENG, P
            TBA                       (WEB ...)


PHIL 248  Introduction to Scientific Reasoning                    3 credits
ONLINE COURSE - This course offers an introduction to the nature of science, its methods of reasoning and its place in both historical and contemporary societies. The development of science in Western civilization, key advancements in the history of science, and the relationship of science to technology, morality and politics will be examined. For more information contact philseng@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0068] 9131 Meets 01/02/2008 - 01/25/2008             SENG, P
            TBA                       (WEB ...)


PHIL 334  Asian Philosophy                                        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
          GEP/GFR:Meets  AH or C.   THIS CLASS MEETS
          ON  THURSDAY  1/3/08 FROM 9:00  - 12:10 IN
          THE ASSIGNED ROOM. (THIS IS IN ADDITION TO
          THE POSTED SCHEDULE.)
[0069] 9101 Meets 01/02/2008 - 01/25/2008             TEMPLETON, R
            MTuW.......9:00am-12:10pm (FA  018)


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