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Philosophy Department

Physical Address:
205 Administration Building
PHONE: (208) 885-6328
FAX: (208) 885-5102
E-MAIL: phil@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Philosophy Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3173, 83844-3173
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Helena Blavatsky

Course Descriptions

PHIL 102: Reason & Rhetoric
May be used as core credit in J-3-a. Form and style of argumentative discourse; development of critical thinking and rhetorical skills as students prepare and deliver written and oral presentations; construction, evaluation, and presentation of arguments; identification of arguments and fallacies to improve abilities to organize thoughts, express them clearly and simply, and judge the suitability of material for the audience. Instructors: Jay Feldman

PHIL 103: Ethics
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Introduction to philosophical reasoning through historical study of Western moral thought. Instructors: Bryce Blankenship, Graham Hubbs, Jamal Lyksett 

PHIL 201: Critical Thinking
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Acquiring and improving important skills of thinking, reading, and writing critically; emphasis on avoiding fallacies and mastering forms of valid argument in ordinary language. Instructor: Staff

PHIL 202: Intro to Symbolic Logic
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Development of systematic techniques for assessing validity of arguments; includes categorical logic, propositional logic, and elementary quantificational logic. Instructor: Bert Baumgaertner 

Phil 204 (s): Special Topics (cr arr)
Instructor: Staff

PHIL 240: Belief and Reality
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Introduction to epistemology (examination of grounds and limits of knowledge) and metaphysics (inquiry into the nature of reality) through historical and contemporary readings. Instructor: Bert Baumgaertner 

PHIL 302: Biblical Judaism
Same as RelS 302. May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Analysis of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and related texts with an emphasis on hermeneutics and thought. Instructors: Janice Capel Anderson

PHIL 303: Early Christianity
Same as RelS 303. May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Analysis of the New Testament and other early Christian texts of the first and second centuries C.E. with an emphasis on hermeneutics and thought. Instructors: Janice Capel Anderson

PHIL 307: Buddhism
Same as RelS 307. May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Philosophy and religion of Gautama Buddha as it developed in India, Tibet, China, and Japan. Instructor: Jay Feldman

PHIL 320: History of Ancient Philosophy
WSU Phil 290. May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Philosophical thought from the early Greeks through the Middle Ages, with emphasis on Plato, Aristotle, skepticism, and Augustine. Instructors: Graham Hubbs

PHIL 321: History of Modern Phil
WSU Phil 305. May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Critical evaluation of the thought of major figures in early modern (1550-1770) philosophy, such as Montaigne, Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Hume, and Rousseau. Instructors: Graham Hubbs

PHIL 325(s): Historical Figures in Philosophy
Study of a major philosophical figure from the history of philosophy. May be repeated for credit. Recommended preparation: one philosophy course. Instructors: Staff

PHIL 351: Philosophy of Science
WSU Phil 351. Introduction to the critical analysis of the aims and methods of science, its principles, practices, and achievements. Prerequistes: 3 credits of philosophy or 3 credits of natural science. Instructor: Staff

PHIL 361 (s): Professional Ethics (3 cr, max 6)
Study of ethical issues and problems arising in professions. Each section focuses on a specific area of professional ethics: bioethics; business ethics; engineering ethics; environmental and natural resource ethics; human service provider ethics; media ethics; ethics in public affairs. Prerequisite: Phil 103. Instructor: Staff

PHIL 365: Biomedical Ethics
May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Ethical questions in the health professions and medical research, with emphasis on current dilemmas faced by physicians, nurses, medical technologists, and dentists; case analysis in context of modern ethical theory. Instructor: Staff

PHIL 404 (s): Special Topics (cr arr)
Instructor: Staff

PHIL 417/517: Philosophy of Biology
WSU Phil 418. A study of selected conceptual and methodological issues biology, such as the nature of species, units of selection, and function. Prerequisites: 3 credits of philosophy and 3 credits of biology (or permission of the instructor).

PHIL 442/542: Philosophy of Mind
WSU Phill 442. May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Survey of current philosophical theories of the nature of minds and mental states, including forms of dualism, reductive physicalism, functionalism, and eliminative materialism. Additional assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Phil 202 and 240. Instructors: Bert Baumgaertner, Graham Hubbs

PHIL 443: Philosophy of Language
WSU Phil 443. May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Philosophical thinking about meaning, reference, and truth. Recommended Preparation: Phil 202 and 240. Instructor: Bert Baumgaertner

PHIL 446: Metaphysics
WSU Phil 446. Classical and contemporary readings on such items as realism versus nominalism, free will and determinism, the nature of causality, the existence of God, personal identity, modality. Recommended Preparation: Phil 202 and 240. Instructor: Bert Baumgaertner

PHIL 450: Ethics in Science
An investigation of social and ethical issues in scientific research and the place of ethics in a scientific worldview. Instructor: Staff

PHIL J452 / ENVS J552: Environmental Philosophy
Phil 552 same as EnvS 552. May be used as core credit in J-3-d. Philosophical examination of various ethical, metaphysical, and legal issues concerning humans, nature, and the environment; issues covered may include biodiversity and species protection, animal rights, radical ecology, environmental racism, wilderness theory, population control, and property rights. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad credit. Instructor: Bert Baumgaertner

PHIL ID&WS460: Ethical Theory
WSU Phil 460. Critical analysis of classical consequentialist and deontic views as well as one or more recent theories such as emotivism and prescriptivism, feminist ethics, communitarianism, or virtue ethics. Prerequisite: Phil 103. Instructor: Graham Hubbs 

PHIL 490: Senior Seminar
Required of all philosophy majors; capstone course devoted to mastery of the philosophical essay; topics will vary. Prerequisite: Senior standing or completion of 24 credits in philosophy. Instructors: Bert Baumgaertner, Graham Hubbs

PHIL 496: Teaching Methods in Philosophy (2 cr, max 4)
Learn methods of teaching while assisting in an introductory-level philosophy course. Prerequisite: four upper-division courses in philosophy, the introductory course in which the student will participate, and perm of dept. Graded P/F. Instructor: Staff

PHIL 499 (s): Directed Study (cr arr)
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Instructor: Staff