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PHIL 110: INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course is a study of reoccurring philosophical principles and problems. Students will examine philosophical issues surrounding knowledge, the nature of truth, identity, free will, morality, and religion. [IAI: H4 900]

PHIL 111: LOGIC

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course will acquaint the student with the terminology and the various forms of inductive and deductive reasoning. It will focus on methods of distinguishing good reasoning from bad and on the rules by which we judge arguments, as well as the practical application of these rules. [IAI: H4 906]

PHIL 112: COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

An introductory survey of selected teachings, practices and institutions of major Eastern and Western religions. This course may include the role of history, appreciation for forms of expression, and criticism of their origins, rituals, and forms of religious knowledge and destiny. [IAI: H5 904N]

PHIL 113: MEDICAL ETHICS

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS Reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course investigates the multitude of ethical issues which have been raised because of advanced technology in medicine and health care. It attempts to clarify questions on such subjects as abortion, genetic engineering, euthanasia, human experimentation, transplantation, and patient consent. It will also present principles one may apply in making decisions in these areas.

PHIL 114: BUSINESS ETHICS

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course investigates the basic ethical frameworks from which moral decisions are derived. It applies those fundamentals to such practical problems as advertising, the profit motive, labeling, public safety, natural resource preservation and other significant concerns which arise in normal business activities.

PHIL 115: ETHICS

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course is an exploration of Ethics. This is an area of philosophy in which there is an attempt to achieve a systematic understanding of the good along with a clear notion of how we ought to live and why. Readings and discussions will feature several alternative moral theories. [IAI: H4 904]

PHIL 116: PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course involves rational reflection about the experiences, thinking, attitudes, values, and questions that arise in relationship to religious reality. Some of the issues to be considered will include the following: definitions of God's nature, philosophical arguments for God's existence, the problem of evil, and the question of divine providence. The course also deals with the relationship between religion and morality, consciousness, and society. [IAI: H4 905]