Philosophy & Religion

Socrates to Sartre: Ideas that Shaped our World (PHIL 1003.01)

Instructor: Michael Futch
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — 10:00 AM –10:50 AM

Major ideas, figures, and movements in philosophy that have shaped Western thought and heritage from the beginnings of Greek thought to the present, including the broad historical and cultural context in which these ideas emerged.

Reasoning (PHIL 2013.01)

Instructor: Michael Futch
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

This course focuses on the development of reasoning skills as used in reading critically, writing, and thinking about practical or theoretical issues. Emphasis will be placed on how to analyze, evaluate, and construct arguments. This course is especially recommended for pre-law students.

Western Political Thought II: From the English (PHIL 2093.01)

Instructor: Stephen Gardner
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays — 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

The political theory of Western modernity from the 16th to 19th centuries. Lectures follow changes in the idea of the individual and the political community from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, and from the era of democratic revolutions to the rise of industrial societies.

History of Ethics (PHIL 3023.01)

Instructor: Michael Futch
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

The development of ethical reasoning from Plato to the present, with emphasis on problems of justifying moral judgments and understanding the meaning of ethical terms. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 4543.01)

Instructor: Matthew Drever
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays — 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Analysis of various religious stances and positions to understand the philosophical assumptions involved.

Kierkegaard (REL 4603.01)

Instructor: Jacob Howland
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays — 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Close study of the major pseudonymous works of Kierkegaard, with special attention to “aesthetic,” “ethical,” and “religious” modes of life, the nature of paradox, love, anxiety, despair, faith, “the moment,” and grace.