Douglas Lind, Dept. Chair, Dept. of Philosophy (407 Morrill Hall 83844-3016; phone 208/885-7107; www.uidaho.edu/philosophy).
Phil 102 Reason and Rhetoric (2 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-a. Form and style of argumentative discourse; development of critical thinking and rhetorical skills as students prepare and deliver written and oral presentations; construction, evaluation, and presentation of arguments; identification of arguments and fallacies to improve abilities to organize thoughts, express them clearly and simply, and judge the suitability of material for the audience.
Phil 103 Ethics (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Introduction to philosophical reasoning through historical study of Western moral thought.
Phil 201 Critical Thinking (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Acquiring and improving important skills of thinking, reading, and writing critically; emphasis on avoiding fallacies and mastering forms of valid argument in ordinary language.
Phil 202 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3 cr)
Development of systematic techniques for assessing validity of arguments; includes categorical logic, propositional logic, and elementary quantificational logic.
Phil 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Phil ID&WS221 Philosophy in Film (3 cr) WSU Phil 210
The use of film as "philosophical text", discussing philosophical theories and debates presented in films, both old and new.
Phil 240 Belief and Reality (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Introduction to epistemology (examination of grounds and limits of knowledge) and metaphysics (inquiry into the nature of reality) through historical and contemporary readings.
Phil 302 Biblical Judaism: Texts and Thought (3 cr)
Same as RelS 302. Analysis of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and related texts with an emphasis on hermeneutics and thought.
Phil 303 Early Christianity: Texts and Thought (3 cr)
Same as RelS 303. Analysis of the New Testament and other early Christian texts of the first and second centuries C.E. with an emphasis on hermeneutics and thought.
Phil 307 Buddhism (3 cr)
Same as RelS 307. Philosophy and religion of Gautama Buddha as it developed in India, Tibet, China, and Japan.
Phil ID&WS320 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 cr) WSU Phil 320
Philosophical thought from the early Greeks through the Middle Ages; concentration on metaphysics and theory of knowledge.
Phil ID&WS321 History of Modern Philosophy (3 cr) WSU Phil 321
Critical evaluation of the thought of major figures in early modern philosophy, such as Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant; emphasis on metaphysics and epistemology.
Phil WS322 19th Century Philosophy (3 cr) WSU Phil 322
Phil 325 (s) Historical Figures in Philosophy (3 cr, max arr)
Study of a major philosophical figure from the history of philosophy. May be repeated for credit. Recommended preparation: one philosophy course.
Phil ID&WS351 Philosophy of Science (3 cr) WSU Phil 350
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Introduction to the critical analysis of the aims and methods of science, its principles, practices, and achievements.
Prereq: 3 credits of philosophy or 3 credits of natural science
Phil 361 (s) Professional Ethics (3 cr, max 6)
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Study of ethical issues and problems arising in professions. Each section focuses on a specific area of professional ethics including, but not limited to, agricultural ethics, bioethics, business ethics, and engineering ethics.
Prereq: Phil 103
Phil 367 (s) Global Justice (3 cr, max arr)
Same as Soc 367. Topical study of issues of justice in the global context.
Phil 381 American Indian Environmental Philosophy (3 cr)
Exploration of traditional and contemporary American Indian thought about people in relationship to the more than human world. Recommended preparation: Any courses in philosophy, religious studies, American Indian studies, or environmental studies.
Phil 382 Philosophy of Ecology (3 cr)
Exploration of conceptual issues in ecology with special consideration of the connection between ecology and environmental philosophy. Recommended preparation: Any courses in philosophy, natural resources, or environmental studies.
Phil 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Phil ID&WS-J409/ID&WS-J509 Advanced Logic (3 cr) WSU Phil 401/501
First-order predicate logic plus some metatheory, applications and/or extensions. Additional work required for graduate credit.
Prereq: Phil 202
Phil J417/J517 Philosophy of Biology (3 cr)
Philosophical thinking about meaning, reference, and truth. Additional assignments required for graduate credit.
Prereq: 3 credits of biology and 3 credits of philosophy or Permission
Phil WS420 Contemporary Continental Philosophy (3 cr) WSU Phil 420
Phil ID&WS-J442/J542 Philosophy of Mind (3 cr) WSU Phil 442
Survey of current philosophical theories of the nature of minds and mental states, including forms of dualism, reductive physicalism, functionalism, and eliminative materialism. Additional assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Phil 202 and 240.
Phil ID&WS-J443/J543 Philosophy of Language (3 cr) WSU Phil 443
Phil ID&WS446 Metaphysics (3 cr) WSU Phil 446
Classical and contemporary readings on such items as realism versus nominalism, free will and determinism, the nature of causality, the existence of God, personal identity, modality. Recommended Preparation: Phil 202 and 240.
Phil ID&WS447 Theory of Knowledge (3 cr) WSU Phil 447
Phil 450 Ethics in Science (3 cr)
An investigation of social and ethical issues in scientific research and the place of ethics in a scientific worldview.
Phil J452/J552 Environmental Philosophy (3 cr)
Phil 552 same as EnvS 552. Philosophical examination of various ethical, metaphysical, and legal issues concerning humans, nature, and the environment; issues covered may include biodiversity and species protection, animal rights, radical ecology, environmental racism, wilderness theory, population control, and property rights. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Phil ID&WS-J470/J570 Philosophy of Law (3 cr) WSU Phil 470
Analysis of fundamental philosophical issues in law and legal systems, including the nature of law, relation of law to morality, judicial method, and nature and ascription of rights. Additional work required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Phil 103.
Phil 475 Philosophy, Law, & Literature (3 cr)
Examination of issues in jurisprudence and legal theory using philosophy and literature. Topics may include the nature of law, the interface of law and morality, and the ethics and obligations of legal and judicial practice. Readings from plays, novels, short stories, philosophy, and case law.
Phil 490 Senior Seminar (3 cr)
Required of all philosophy majors; capstone course devoted to mastery of the philosophical essay; topics will vary.
Prereq: Senior standing or completion of 24 credits in philosophy
Phil 491 Seminar in Professional Ethics and Diversity (3 cr)
Same as Soc 491. Capstone course for students pursuing certificates in professional ethics or diversity. Interdisciplinary seminar culminating in research projects and presentations under the direction of faculty mentors.
Phil 496 Teaching Methods in Philosophy (2 cr, max 4)
Learn methods of teaching while assisting in an introductory-level philosophy course. Graded Pass/Fail.
Prereq: Four upper-division courses in philosophy, the introductory course in which the student will participate, and Permission of department
Phil 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Phil 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)
Phil 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
Phil 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Phil 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Phil 508 (s) Critical Theory and Continental Aesthetics (3 cr)
See Art 508.
Phil ID&WSJ509 Advanced Logic (3 cr) WSU Phil 501
See Phil J409/J509.
Phil ID&WS510 Seminar in the History of Philosophy (3 cr, max 6) WSU Phil 510
Systematic exploration of the central works of an individual philosopher or philosophical movement.
Phil 517 Philosophy of Biology (3 cr)
See Phil J417/J517.
Phil ID&WS520 Seminar in Ethical Theory (3 cr) WSU Phil 520
The major issues, views, and figures of ethical theory from ancient Greece to the present.
Phil ID&WS522 Seminar in Metaphysics (3 cr) WSU Phil 522
The nature of reality, through study of key concepts such as God, personhood, free will, causation, space, time, and identity.
Phil ID&WS524 Seminar in Epistemology (3 cr) WSU Phil 524
Classical problems, questions, and theories involving the concept of knowledge.
Phil 525 Philosophy and Feminism (3 cr)
Analysis of schools of feminist theory and impact of feminism on philosophy and other disciplines. Recommended Preparation: At least one undergraduate course in philosophy or women's studies.
Phil WS532 Seminar in Business Ethics (3 cr) WSU Phil 532
Phil WS535 Advanced Biomedical Ethics (3 cr) WSU Phil 535
Phil 542 Philosophy of Mind (3 cr)
See Phil J442/J542.
Phil 543 Philosophy of Language (3 cr)
See Phil J443/J543.
Phil 552 Environmental Philosophy (3 cr)
See Phil J452/J552.
Phil 570 Philosophy of Law (3 cr)
See Phil J470/J570.
Phil 571 Ecological Jurisprudence (3 cr)