Phl 130: Logic and Reasoning
This is an entry-level course in critical thinking. We will begin by analyzing language and communication processes, before turning to fallacious forms of reasoning and the logical evaluation of language. We conclude the semester by paying close attention to the analysis of full-bodied attempts at persuasion found in their natural habitat.
Phl 200: Introduction to Philosophy
This is course intended to expose the mystery and wonders of philosophy. We will examine the nature of meaning and meaningfulness, the character and extent of knowledge, two theoretical accounts of morality, and several problems related to the nature of the self (e.g., the mind/body problem, the free will problem).
Phl 360: Philosophy of Language
This is an advanced course in the philosophy of language. We work through a few of the classic texts in the field, aided by a secondary presentation of the material. Philosophy of language is one of the more central philosophical sub-disciplines, especially for those who take an analytical approach to the subject.
Phl 431: Topics in Logic and Language
This is an advanced course in philosophical semantics and pragmatics. We will spend the first part of the semester developing an understanding of traditional concerns in the philosophy of language. The second part of the semester will be devoted to examining the topic of ambiguity. The third will be devoted to examining the relationship between semantics and pragmatics.
Phl 462: Philosophy of Mind
We spend the first half of the semester developing an understanding of traditional concerns in philosophy of mind. The second half of the semester will be devoted to examining the nature of collective intentionality and shared agency.
Phl 860: Interdisciplinary Epistemology
The course begins with an analysis of the phenomenon of interdisciplinarity, followed by close, analytical attention to concepts that are central to the epistemology of interdisciplinary research, such as communication and integration, followed by an examination of the relationship of philosophy to interdisciplinary practice.