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Bertrand Russell--India PostPHIL 102 - INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY
 Introduction to the main problems of philosophy and its methods of inquiry, analysis, and criticism.  Works of important philosophers are read. Three semester hours.

Aristotle--Antiquity ProjectPHIL 103 - INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
A survey of traditional logic.  Classical and contemporary logic are considered with special emphasis upon reasoning and argumentation.  Attention is given to the nature of language and its relation to philosophical problems. Three semester hours.

J.S. Mill--Library of CongressPHIL 203 - SCIENTIFIC REASONING
 A survey of the methods of induction and experimental inquiry.  Classical and contemporary inductive logic are considered with special emphasis on justification, conditional arguments, testing theoretical hypotheses, decision analysis, Mill's Methods of Induction, epistemic probability, and the "logic" of discovery. Three semester hours.

PHIL 302 - ETHICS
Socrates--Thoemmes The moral principles of conduct and the basic concepts underlying these principles, such as good, evil, right, wrong, justice, value, duty, and obligation.  The ethical works of influential philosophers are analyzed in terms of these concepts. Three semester hours.

Mahavira--ThoemmesPHIL 312 - ORIENTAL PHILOSOPHY
Provides an understanding and appreciation of Oriental life and thought.  Certain fundamental and characteristic problems are examined as they are considered in Oriental traditions. Three semester hours.

PHIL 315 - EXISTENTIALISMFrederich Nietzsche--Thoemmes
The philosophy of existence as studied through the works of such thinkers as Nietzsche, Sartre, Jaspers, Berdyaev, Ortega, Buber, and Camus.  Also considered is the influence of existentialism in political theory, literature, and the fine arts. Three semester hours.

Jacques-Louis David: The Death of Socrates, (1787).  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.PHIL 341 - SEMINAR
Special interest topics taught on an occasional basis.
Three semester hours.


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