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Winter 2009


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
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0068] 9151 Meets 01/05/2009 - 01/23/2009             WILSON, R
            M..........1:00pm- 4:10pm (ITE 231)


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. For more information contact philseng@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0069] 9131 Meets 01/05/2009 - 01/23/2009             SENG, P
            TBA                       (WEB ...)


PHIL 152  Introduction to Moral Theory                            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 ealick@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0070] 9101 Meets 01/05/2009 - 01/23/2009             EALICK, G
            MTuWTh.....9:00am-12:10pm (ACIV305)


PHIL 248  Introduction to Scientific Reasoning                    3 credits
ONLINE 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. For more information contact philseng@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0071] 9131 Meets 01/05/2009 - 01/23/2009             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.
[0072] 9101 Meets 01/05/2009 - 01/23/2009             TEMPLETON, R
            MTuWTh.....9:00am-12:10pm (SOND109)


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