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College of Letters and Science


PHILOS Philosophy



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101 Introduction to Philosophy: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. Introduction to the philosophical thinking through examination of such topics as Plato's and Aristotle's contribution to Western civilization; free will and moral responsibility; God, morality, and knowledge.|Not retakable for add'l cr; may be repeated for higher grade. Prereq: none.
111 Informal Logic - Critical Reasoning. 3 cr. U. This course teaches students to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments to rationally defend and criticize viewpoints, and to apply reasoning skills in practice.|Prereq: none.
192 First-Year Seminar: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.|Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
199 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. U. For further information, consult dept chair.|Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
204 Introduction to Asian Religions. 3 cr. U. Philosophy of Asian religions; emphasis on the Indian experience of Hinduism and Buddhism, and the Chinese experience of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism.|Prereq: none.
207 Religion and Science. 3 cr. U. The alleged conflict between science and religion: case histories, analysis of the issues, implications for the concepts of religious beliefs and scientific knowledge.|Prereq: none.
211 Elementary Logic. 3 cr. U. Introduction to traditional and modern logic; the concepts of argument, validity; proof, fallacy, persuasion, and reasoning; the development of certain practical skills.|Prereq: none.
212 Modern Deductive Logic. 3 cr. U. A second course in symbolic logic that develops the skills in symbolic translation and proof construction acquired in Philos 211, investigates more abstractly the properties of formal systems of proof.|Prereq: grade C or better in Philos 211(P).
213 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science. 3 cr. U. Course for beginning students dealing with such problems as induction vs deduction; hypotheses and theories and their relation to observation; explanation and prediction.|Prereq: none.
215 Belief, Knowledge, and Truth: An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge. 3 cr. U. Grounds of rational belief and knowledge and methods used for obtaining them, with particular emphasis on problems of evidence and truth.|Prereq: none.
217 Introduction to Metaphysics. 3 cr. U. Introduction to the major problems of metaphysics, such as the mind-body problem, the free will-determinism issue, and the nature of causality.|Prereq: none.
232 Topics in Philosophy: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. A course for beginning students dealing with such philosophical problems as freedom of will, skepticism, or a historical figure or movement.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: none.
235 Philosophical Aspects of Feminism. 3 cr. U. A course for beginning students dealing with selected philosophical issues underlying feminist ideas and problems.|Prereq: none.
237 Technology, Values, and Society. 3 cr. U. Discussion of controversies over whether modern technology is a progressive or regressive force in human life; impact of technology on individual and institutional values.|Prereq: none.
241 Introductory Ethics. 3 cr. U. Development of moral ideas. Criticism of ethical theories and of social institutions such as state, property, and family.|Prereq: none.
242 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy. 3 cr. U. Opposing philosophical views about man and his political and social life.|Prereq: none.
243 Moral Problems: (Subtitled). 1 cr. U. Intensive study of one moral issue of current relevance.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: none.
244 Ethical Issues in Health Care: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. Study of ethical issues facing patients, providers, and public policy planners: e.g., ethical response to terminal illness, equity in health care delivery.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: none.
245 Critical Thinking and the Law: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. Development of critical and analytical skills using legal reasoning as a model and law texts as sources.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: none.
250 Philosophy of Religion. 3 cr. U. Concepts of God and concepts of faith; the traditional proofs, the problem of evil, the relevance of scripture; the roles of reason, commitment, religious experience.|Prereq: none.
253 Philosophy of the Arts. 3 cr. U. The creation, appreciation, and criticism of works of art. Sources and use of standards.|Prereq: none.
271 Philosophical Traditions: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. Survey of one significant philosophical tradition.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: none.
272 Philosophical Classics: (Subtitled). 1 cr. U. Intensive study of one short work of special importance in the philosophic literature.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: none.
289 Internship in Philosophy, Lower Division. 1-6 cr. U. Application of basic principles of philosophy in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting.|One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: intro course in philos; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
297 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U. Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined, and/or in specially prepared program course work.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
299 Ad Hoc: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr. U. Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
303 Theory of Knowledge. 3 cr. U/G. Study of the nature, source, and limits of our knowledge of the world of experience and of necessary truth.|Prereq: jr st; Philos 101(P), 201(P), or 215(P).
317 Metaphysics. 3 cr. U/G. Study of perennial philosophical issues about the nature of the world and our relation to it; realism, idealism, causality, the mind-body problem, time, truth.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
324 Philosophy of Science. 3 cr. U/G. Study of traditional and recent views about the nature, aim and ways of evaluating scientific theories, with reference to both the natural and social sciences.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
332 Philosophical Problems: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. Specific philosophical topic or issue, such as contemporary aesthetics, personal identity, the mind-body problem, the nature of beauty, equality, the just-war doctrine.|Not open for cr to students w/cr in Philos 381 w/similar subtitle. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in philos.
335 Philosophy of Biology. 3 cr. U/G. Philosophical study of topics in the biological sciences, such as evolutionary explanations, genetic determinism, the definition of life, what constitutes a biological individual.|Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in philos.
337 Environmental Ethics. 3 cr. U/G. Theories of environmental ethics, practical application. Responsibilities to nature/future generations; moral value/status of environment and organisms; philosophical issues concerning environmental studies and ecology.|Prereq: jr st.
341 Modern Ethical Theories. 3 cr. U/G. Ethical theories and problems as discussed in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
349 Great Moral Philosophers. 3 cr. U/G. Major themes of moral philosophy from Plato and Aristotle to Bentham and Mill, with critical study of the outstanding works.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
350 Introduction to the Comparative Study of Religion. 3 cr. U/G. Analysis of the nature of religion, of various comparative typological classifications and methodological approaches; basic problems in understanding the varieties of religious experience and expression.|Prereq: jr st; Philos 204(P), Philos/Hist/Hebr St 275(P) or Anthro 203(P).
351 Philosophy of Mind. 3 cr. U/G. Critical study of the nature of mind and its relation to body and matter, with emphasis on recent advances in philosophy and psychology.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
355 Political Philosophy. 3 cr. U/G. Philosophical doctrines involved in justification of political decisions; analysis of fundamental concepts such as the common good, authority, justice, natural law, and natural rights.|Prereq: jr st; Philos 242(P) or a course in ethics.
358 Action, Will, and Freedom. 3 cr. U/G. The nature of the will, agency, intentional action, and the problem of free will and determinism.|Prereq: jr st, 3 cr philos; or grad st.
360 Philosophy of Perception. 3 cr. U/G. Major issues in the philosophy of perception: the nature of sensation, perception and inference, the relationship of perception and belief.|Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in Philos.
381 Honors Seminar: (Subtitled). 3H cr. U. Intensive study of selected philosophers, movements, or philosophical problems.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P);cons Honors College dir.
384 (560) The Philosophy of Law. 3 cr. U/G. The idea of law and its relationship to morality. Issues of legal obligation, rights, responsibility, and punishment.|Philos 384 & Pol Sci 384 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr philos or previous course in political theory or law studies recom.
430 History of Ancient Philosophy. 3 cr. U/G. From the pre-Socratics to Augustine. Particular emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
431 History of Medieval Philosophy. 3 cr. U/G. Critical and historical examination of writings of medieval philosophers such as Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, Ockham, Al Farabi, Maimonides.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
432 History of Modern Philosophy. 3 cr. U/G. From Descartes through Kant.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
433 Nineteenth-Century Philosophers. 3 cr. U/G. Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and others. The conflict of idealistic, materialistic, and irrationalist philosophies of the nineteenth century and their influence on its social, literary, and religious movements.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
434 Survey of Contemporary Philosophy. 3 cr. U/G. Comparison of problems and solutions dealt with by currently active movements and philosophers, including Carnap, Croce, Dewey, Heidegger, Husserl, Moore, Russell, Sartre, and Wittgenstein.|Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in philos.
435 Existentialism. 3 cr. U/G. Analysis of existentialist thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
437 Phenomenology. 3 cr. U/G. Husserl's phenomenological method and its impact on recent continental philosophy, e.g. Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
461 Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism. 3 cr. U/G. Problems central to Islamic theology, philosophy, and mysticism, and their relations to the teachings of Islam.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
474 Contemporary Religious Thought: 3 cr. U/G. Analysis of two or more contemporary religious thinkers (e.g., Buber, Heschel, Tillich, Barth, Bultmann, death-of-God theologians, Moltmann, Pannenberg, Rahner, Chardin). Difficulties and objections are discussed.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st, 3 cr in philos.
475 Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study of selected Hindu and Indian Buddhist thinkers and schools of thought, e.g. the Vedanta of Sankara and Ramanuja, Mahayana thought, modern Vedanta, Gandhi.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Pereq: jr st; 3 cr in philos.
489 Internship in Philosophy, Upper Division. 1-6 cr. U. Application of advanced principles of philosophy in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting.|One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 300-level or above course in philos; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
497 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G. Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
499 Ad Hoc: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr. U. Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
502 Phenomenology of Religion. 3 cr. U/G. A comparative examination of types of religious experience and expression; the holy or sacred, mysticism, prophecy, myth and ritual, religious communities and/or leaders, etc.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
511 Symbolic Logic. 3 cr. U/G. First-order predicate calculus; formal properties of theoretical systems; chief results of modern mathematical logic; advanced topics such as completeness and computability.|Jointly-offered w/& counts as repeat of CompSci/Math 511. Prereq: jr st, either Philos 212(P) or 6 cr math at the 300-level or above; or grad st.
516 Language and Meaning. 3 cr. U/G. Philosophical issues of the semantics, syntax and pragmatics of language; relations between philosophy of language and metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of science.|Prereq: jr st & Philos 101(P) or 432(P).
517 Special Problems in the Philosophy of Language and Linguistics: 3 cr. U/G. In depth study of one or more topics concerning the nature of language; its acquisition, use and formal structures.|Retakable w/chg in topic & cons advisor & instr to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in philos.
518 Philosophy of History. 3 cr. U/G. The nature of historical knowledge and belief in terms of the justification of historical narration, explanation and prediction.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
519 Special Problems in Metaphysics and Epistemology: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study in such topics as perception, skepticism, induction, mathematical knowledge, universals, causality, substance, determinism, possibility.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
520 Philosophy of the Natural Sciences. 3 cr. U/G. The nature and function of science; the logic of scientific method; clarification of such concepts as cause, law, theory, probability, determinism, and teleology.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
521 Philosophy of the Social Sciences. 3 cr. U/G. The nature and scope of the social sciences; explanatory, interpretive, and normative concerns in theory construction, their interconnection, and their methodological implications.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
522 Special Topics in the Philosophy of Science: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Consideration of one or more of the following: logic of theory construction, theoretical entities, measurement, nature of laws, conventionalism, operationalism, and induction.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
532 Philosophical Problems: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study of one or two particular problems, such as determinism and freedom, ethical relativism, memory, or perception.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
535 Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Study of selected feminist theorists with an emphasis on past or contemporary thinkers. Attention will be paid to the philosophical importance of the problems raised.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Philos 535 & Wmns 535 are jointly offered; with same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; a course in philos or women's stds.
542 Punishment and Responsibility. 3 cr. U/G. Views on the moral permissibility of punishment and other forms of penalization; the foundations of a general theory of moral responsibility.|Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos. Philos 241(R) or social science background recom.
551 (451) Aristotle. 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study of one or more of Aristotle's major works or of themes and problems in Aristotle's thought. Particular attention to careful analysis of the texts.|Prereq: jr st; 3 cr philos; Philos 430(R).
552 (452) Special Topics in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study of a philosopher, movement, or historical problem in ancient or medieval philosophy, e.g. pre-Socratics, Hellenistic philosophy, Aristotle's thought in medieval Europe, Islamic and Jewish philosophy.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr philos; Philos 430(R) or 431(R).
552 (452) (effective 09/02/2014) Special Topics in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study of a philosopher, movement, or historical problem in ancient or medieval philosophy, e.g. pre-Socratics, Hellenistic philosophy, Aristotle's thought in medieval Europe, Islamic and Jewish philosophy.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr philos; Philos 430(R) or 431(R).
554 (453) Special Topics in the History of Modern Philosophy: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study of a philosopher, movement, or historical problem in modern philosophy, e.g., Spinoza, British empiricists, Locke's influence upon the Enlightenment, overthrow of Hegelian idealism.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr philos; Philos 432(R); or cons instr.
555 (455) Recent Philosophy: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study of one or more philosophers or philosophical movements of the recent past.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr philos.
562 Special Topics in Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Intensive study of issues such as the concept of law, punishment, liberty, civil disobedience, the public good, and the applicability of scientific method to social issues.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
681 Seminar in Advanced Topics: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U/G. Seminar on a philosopher, philosophical movement, issue, or problem for majors and graduate students. Research papers required. Additional prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: sr st & 12 cr in philos at 300-level or above; or grad st.
685 Senior Capstone Research Seminar: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. Seminar study of a philosopher, philosophical movement, text, or topic for senior philosophy majors. Research paper and presentation required.|Satisfies L&S research req. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: sr st; declared Philos major; or cons instr.
699 Independent Work. 2-3 cr. U. See Advanced Independent Work, undergrad bulletin.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Only 6 cr count toward Philos major. No more than 3 cr with any one instr except with writ cons dept. Prereq: jr st; 3.0 in major or 3.0 overall gpa, & writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.

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