Undergraduate Catalogue: Philosophy Course Descriptions

The following outlines of course content are correct at the time of writing, although the material (or the order in which it is covered) may be subject to change.

1. All courses are 3 credit hours each, unless otherwise indicated.

2. Normally, a course will not be run without a minimum enrolment of students.

PHL101: Introduction to the Study of Philosophy

Critical analysis of the history, methods, and major problems of philosophy. Planned exercises, activities, and discussion designed to develop oral and written critical thinking and analytic skills. (Note: this may also be counted as a General Education course.)

PHL102: Introduction to Eastern Philosophy

Introduction to the different schools of Eastern philosophy and their influences on Asian societies.

PHL103: Introduction to Western Philosophy

Introduction to the major schools of thought in Western philosophy and their influences on culture, politics and methods of enquiry.

PHL104: Critical Reasoning

Elements of clear, straight, orderly and valid thought, including deductive and inductive reasoning and the accurate use of language. This course explores practical application of logic.

PHL201: Introduction to Ethics

Concepts of right and wrong, good and bad, and the application of moral principles to problems of everyday life.

PHL202: Metaphysics

Problems of ontology and cosmology, including such concepts as matter and energy, time and space, evolution and causality.

PHL203: Political Philosophy

Analysis of fundamental political concepts such as the legitimacy of government, the relation of justice to coercive power, the morality of war, political obligation, and sovereignty, and study of political ideologies.

PHL204: Aesthetics

Discussion of central problems in aesthetics, such as the possibility of objectivity in criticism, modern and traditional definitions of a work of art, truth and meaning in the fine arts, natural beauty and its relationship to excellence in music, architecture, etc.

PHL205: Epistemology

Investigation of such concepts as knowledge, belief, certainty. Critical study of theories concerning such issues as our knowledge of the external world, the past, other minds.

PHL301: Buddhist Philosophy

Discussion of central problems in Buddhist philosophy and examination of the teaching of the Buddha as philosophical discourse. Includes in-depth examination of the different schools of Buddhism and their influences in the world.

PHL302: Philosophies of India

Historical and critical survey with emphasis on basic ideas and traditions.

PHL303: Philosophies of China and Japan

Historical and critical study of the philosophical thought of China and Japan.

PHL304: Philosophy of Islam

Historical and critical study of the philosophical thought of Islam with emphasis on basic ideas and traditions.

PHL401: Early Western Philosophy

Exploration of the origin and development of Western philosophy in Ancient Greece and Rome. Examination of some of the central ideas of the Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic philosophers.

PHL402: Pragmatism

Development of pragmatism as exemplified in the philosophies of Peirce, James, Dewey and Mead.

PHL403: Phenomenology

Study of one of the major movements of contemporary philosophy. Themes treated may include knowledge, meaning, emotionality, embodiment, language, sociality, freedom and religion.

PHL404: Existentialism

Study of such issues as self-as-existence, freedom and responsibility in their ethical, religious, political and aesthetic dimensions.

PHL405: Zen and the Art of Philosophy

In-depth study of Zen philosophy and its impact on the Western world.

PHL406: Feminist Epistemology

Examination of feminist work on the social construction of gender and the role that “experience” has played in discussion of whether women are a social group.

PHL407: Ethics and Computer Technology

Speculative and critical examination of moral dilemmas, legal issues, and social values pertaining to new developments in computer technology, with particular emphasis on how computer technology informs, and is informed by, human relationships and human needs.

PHL408: Khmer Philosophy

In-depth examination of Khmer philosophy and its influence on society.




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