Philosophy Courses


For an official and updated listing of courses, please refer to the current academic catalog.

PHI 101-Introduction to Philosophy (3)

This course provides the student with a systematic introduction to the discipline of philosophy. It begins by examining some fundamental concepts and problems in the areas of metaphysics and epistemology, and then proceeds to consider other areas of philosophical inquiry including: social and political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of history, and aesthetics.


PHI 202-Logic (3)

This course begins with the fundamental concepts of logic, including truth, validity, induction, and deduction. The course progresses through the inferences of everyday language and problem-solving, and into formal deduction, including symbolic logic and quantification theory. Inductive inferences and probability will also be examined.


PHI 314-World Religions (3)

An introduction to the cultural background, historical development, main tenets, and philosophical system of the leading living non-

Christian religions as compared and contrasted with the Christian world view.


PHI 321-The Dialogues of Plato (3)

This course surveys the writings of Plato. We begin with the early dialogues that surround the life and death of Socrates such as Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, and Meno. We then examine some of the great middle dialogues, including the Parmenides and sections of the Republic. We conclude with the late dialogues such as the Sophist, Statesman, and Philebus.


PHI 322-Aristotle and the Medievals (3)

The first half of this course focuses on Aristotle, examining the Aristotelian system from the perspective of his metaphysics, logic, physics, and concept of the soul. In the second half of the course, attention is turned to the medievals, considering as the central theme the way they tried to Christianize the Aristotelian system.


PHI 323-The Empiricists: Locke, Berkeley, and Hume (3)

This course examines the three great British empiricists of the modern era and focuses on their respective treatment of questions concerning innate ideas, perception, universals, and the scope of human knowledge.


PHI 324-Modern Continental Philosophy: From Descartes to Hegel (3)

This course begins with 17th-century rationalism and traces that tradition from Descartes through Spinoza and Leibniz. In the 18th century, the tradition culminates in the German idealism of Kant. The course then traces German idealism from Kant to Hegel in the 19th century.


PHI 331-Pragmatism (3)

This course will examine the work of leading philosophical pragmatists (e.g. Dewey, James, Rorty), exploring the appropriateness of a pragmatic justification of Christian truth claims and the relevance of the interrelationship of faith and reason.


PHI 341-Philosophies of Love (3)

This course examines a variety of philosophers, both classic and contemporary, on the topic of love. The readings address questions concerning love’s relationship to reason, the emotions, romance, and duty. Readings include Plato, Aristotle, Stendhal, Gasset, Kierkegaard, Nygren, Brentlinger, and Vlastos. Prerequisite: PHI 101 or instructor’s permission.


PHI 342-Feminist Philosophy (3)

This course examines some of the major feminist philosophers and thinkers writing today including: Julie Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, and Carol Gilligan, just to mention a few. The readings will focus on how a woman’s sexuality, psychological development, and social experience create a perspective uniquely different from that of a man.


PHI 343-History of Political and Social Thought (3) (For course description see HIS 343, social science elective)


PHI 345-Epistemology (3)

A systematic examination of such subjects as perception, knowledge, belief, truth, universals, necessary truth, and meaning. Prerequisite: PHI 101.


PHI 346-Ethics (3)

This course examines contemporary moral problems in the context of classical ethical theories. The classical theories of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Bentham, and Mill are considered. Students will have opportunity to exercise their own moral thinking by

applying those theories to a variety of contemporary moral issues. Prerequisite: PHI 101.


PHI 348-Philosophical Hermeneutics (3)

The historicism of the 19th century, along with the linguistic turn and cultural relativism of the 20th century has brought hermeneutics to the center stage of 21st century thought. We can no longer take interpretation for granted and must now face the philosophical questions which are at the base of the meaning that we attribute to texts or the world. The course begins with traditional notions of hermeneutics and then examines the factors which have brought hermeneutics to the center stage and the ways that Schleiermacher, Heidegger, Gadamer, and Derrida have attempted to deal with contemporary hermeneutic problems.


PHI 367-Christian Existentialism: The Philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard (3)

This course surveys the work of Kierkegaard, relying upon both primary and secondary texts. Students are encouraged to consider the implications of Kierkegaard’s ideas regarding faith and the subjectivity of experience for our role as Christians in a postmodern world.

PHI 431-Recent Philosophy (3)

A study of selected works by Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, Moore, Russell, Wittgenstein, Sellars, and Quine.


PHI 432-Contemporary Continental Philosophy (3)

This course examines the major figures of the 20th century continental philosophy including Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Derrida, Gadamer, Habermas, Levi-Strauss, saussure, and Foucault.


PHI 433-Philosophy of Mind (3)

Discussion of the biblical view of man, dualism, behaviorism, the identity theory, and functionalism.


PHI 441-Philosophy of Religion (3)

The course centers on questions concerning the relationship between faith and reason, the attributes of God, and the nature of things like: miracles, evil, and religious experience.


PHI 448-East Asian Religions (3)

A detailed examination of the history, doctrines, and practices of the adherents of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shintoism with a view to being able to contextualize and communicate the Gospel to these adherents effectively.


PHI 461-Kant (3)

An in-depth study of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, omitting the Transcendental Doctrine of Method. Prerequisite: PHI 101.


PHI 480-Independent Study (1-3)

Independent study in an approved topic in Philosophy. Permission of the Department Head and Dean is required.