Course Descriptions - Summer 2006

Introductory Courses in Philosophy

Philosophy 101, Introduction to Philosophy, HU
LEC 051, MTWR 10:00-12:40, CRT 309, 4 weeks - 6/25/07-7/21/07
Instructor: Courney Morris,

We will look at a representative selection of topics from the history of philosophy and current philosophical debates: ethics, social and political philosophy, the scope and nature of our knowledge of the world, the nature of the self and mind.

Philosophy 204, Introduction to Asian Religions, HU
LEC 391, MTWR 1:00-3:31, CRT 309, 4 weeks - 7/23/07-8/18/07
Instructor: James Lewis,

Emphasis in this course will be upon the philosophy and worldviews - the nature of the universe, human destiny, the problem of evil, etc. - of several forms of Hinduism and Buddhism, though some attention will also be given to Taoism and to a few contemporary Western new religions influenced by Asian religions. From time to time, representatives of these traditions will be invited in to dialogue with the class.

Philosophy 211, Elementary Logic, HU
LEC 311, MWR 1:30-3:43, BOL B46, 6 weeks - 5/29/07-7/7/07
Instructor: Richard Tierney,

LEC 372, TR 6:00-9:18, LUB S230, 6 weeks - 7/9/07-8/18/07
Instructor: Michael Liston,

The Island of Knights and Knaves is a place where only Knights and Knaves live. A Knight is a person who always tells the truth. Knaves, on the other hand, never tell the truth. Harry, who lives on the island, says: "If I am a Knight, then I'll eat my hat." Did you know that you can prove from the above information that Harry will eat his hat? Did you know: 1) Given that Sarah loves either Jim or Tom and that if she loves Jim then she loves Tom, you can prove that she loves Tom? 2) that if everyone loves a lover and there is even one lover in the world, then everyone loves everyone? Learn how to solve these and other puzzles in Philosophy 211, where we will study formal deductive logic -- the science of what follows from what.

The concepts and techniques encountered in the study of deductive logic are of central importance to any analysis of argument and inference. They reflect fundamental patterns of proof found in science and mathematics, they underlie the programs that enable computers to "reason" logically, and they provide tools for characterizing the formal structures of language. This is an introductory course intended for students who have had no previous work in logic. There will be 3 exams and weekly homework assignments.