Course Catalog: Philosophy Courses

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.

PHL 150
World Religions
4 credits

Explores Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, focusing on their founders and important leaders, doctrines and rituals, historical and geographical development. Involves attending religious services and meetings. Global Perspectives Humanities course. General Education: Perspectives on Diversity and Up-per Level Writing for students who have completed ENG 121) and Self and Society or Ethics and Social Justice. Introductory.

PHL 160
Introduction to Philosophy
4 credits

Introduction to philosophy by studying selected works of philosophers from antiquity to the present. Emphasizes sympathetic and critical understanding of classic texts in the Western philosophical tradition. General Education: Upper Level Writing for students who have completed ENG 121, and Historical Perspectives or Languages and Literatures. Introductory.

PHL 170
Contemporary Moral Issues
4 credits

Reflects upon contemporary moral issues from a philosophical perspective. Introduces major normative ethical theories and basic techniques of logical analysis. Focuses on topics such as sexual morality, abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, racial equality, sexual equality, animal rights, global economic responsibility, environmental responsibility, the morality of war. General Education: Upper Level Writing for students who have completed ENG 121, and Self and Society or Ethics and Social Justice. Introductory.

PHL 205
Philosophies of Social Justice
4 credits

Explores various ideologies of political authority and social justice, such as authoritarianism, individual democracy, communism, social, democracy and feminism. Focuses on such writers as Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Marx and Engels, Wollstonecraft and de Beauvoir. Examines current issues in light of diverse ideologies. General Education: Fulfills Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121). Also fulfills Ethics & Social Justice OR Self & Society. Intermediate.

PHL 215
Asian Thought
4 credits

Examines central philosophical movements and texts of India and China. Focuses on close reading of the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, various Buddhist texts, the Analects, the Tao Te Ching. Global Perspectives Humanities course. General Education: Perspectives on Diversity and Upper-Level Writing for students who have completed ENG 121) and Self and Society; or Languages and Literatures. Intermediate.

PHL 230
American Philosophy
4 credits

Examines major movements in American philosophy, focusing on works of representative thinkers, such as Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson, Emerson, Thoreau, S.B. Anthony, Pierce, James, Royce, M.L. King, Jr. General Education: Upper-Level Writing for students who have completed ENG 121) and Self and Society or Ethics and Social Justice. Intermediate.

PHL 240
Great Ages and Ideas of the Jewish People
4 credits

Surveys the diversity of cultural situations faced in the major epochs of Jewish history: the Biblical age, the Hellenistic age, the Talmudic age, the Judeo-Islamic age, the European age, and the Modern age. Focuses on close readings of representative texts conveying central Jewish ideas in each period. Integrated or Global Perspectives Humanities course. General Education: Perspectives on Diversity and Languages and Literatures or Historical Perspectives. Intermediate.

PHL 254/ AMT 254
Aesthetics: Philosophy of the Arts
4 credits

Explores the experience associated with art, and considers the nature of artistic expression and of creativity. Through reading of selected philosophical texts, pursues an understanding of how we produce, perceive, and respond to art. Field trips to museums or performances. Required for Arts Majors. General Education: Up-per Level Writing for students who have completed ENG 121). Intermediate. Prerequisite: ENG 121, and one course in the arts or philosophy. Offered: fall. Intermediate.

PHL 402
Advanced Study in Philosophy
4 credits

Provides the opportunity to do individual research projects that result in substantial papers and public presentations. Open to junior and senior Humanities majors, with preference to those with a focus in Philosophy, and to other juniors and seniors by permission of instructor. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121). Advanced.

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