Philosophy and Humanties
Maymester Course Description:
PHIL 3340-001 (Philosophy through Film)
This course is an advanced introduction to the Buddhist philosophical tradition. We will begin by covering the core doctrines of Buddhism and an outline of the history of Buddhism, from its origins to its major living schools: Theravada, Tibetan, and Zen. The focus of the course will be one the philosophical articulation and defense of the central Buddhist tenets: the no-self doctrine, the ubiquity of suffering, impermanence, dependent origination, altruistic ethics, methods for bringing about the cessation of suffering, the role of meditation, the distinction between conventional and absolute reality, and consciousness and self-consciousness. Throughout, we will relate the discussion to contemporary Western philosophical perspectives.
Text: Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction by Mark Siderits, Hackett, 2007
CLAS 2307-001 (Women in the
Text: Women in the Classical World, by
Fantham, Foley, Kampen, Pomeroy, and Shapiro
Text: Patrick J. Hurley: A
Concise Introduction to Logic (Abridged Edition).
Text: Ethics in Practice, Hugh
Most college students have never had a philosophy course, but they began asking themselves philosophical questions even before they entered elementary school. What kind of world do I live in? What is the purpose of life? What constitutes a good life? Throughout history philosophers have revisited these questions, and their answers have shaped our civilization as dramatically as the world’s political, military, and economic leaders. "Philosophical Perspectives" offers a broad survey of philosophical ideas, using the methods students are already familiar with from their history and literature courses: examining the writings of major philosophers in their historical context, and the way one idea led to another.
Text: Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates
PHIL 2300-001/003 (Introduction
(Introduction to Philosophy)
Reasoning—also known as inference—is the process by which conclusions are drawn from premises. Like any other human activity, it can be done well or poorly. The aim of this course is to help you do it better. There are two types of reasoning. In theoretical reasoning, one decides what to believe. In practical reasoning, one decides what to do. There are two types of study of reasoning. Those who conduct empirical studies seek to understand the processes by which human beings reason (whether theoretically or practically). This is the province of science. Those who conduct normative studies seek to distinguish, in a principled way, between good and bad reasoning. This is the province of logic. Logic is either formal or informal, depending on whether the reasoning being studied is expressed in artificial or natural language. This is a course in formal logic, so you will be learning several new languages: the language of categorical logic, the language of propositional logic, and the language of predicate logic. Students who wish to study informal logic should take PHIL 1301 (Fundamentals of Reasoning). A student may (and in my opinion should) take both courses. The order in which they are taken does not matter.
Requirements: Three in-class, noncomprehensive examinations, each of which constitutes 25% of the student's final score. The other 25% is based on attendance.
Text: Stan Baronett, Logic:
An Emphasis on Formal Logic, 2d ed. (New York: Oxford University Press,
2013), ISBN 978-0-19-994126-1.
PHIL 3303-001 (Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy)
The aim of this course is to apply the concepts and methods of contemporary analytic philosophy to religious belief. It is a course about religion, not in religion. It is a philosophy course, not a history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, or theology course. Among the topics to be covered in this course are the ontological argument; the cosmological argument; the teleological argument; miscellaneous arguments; the problem of evil; religious conversions; faith and the need for evidence; death and immortality; religion and morality; religion and law; and religion and science. At no point will you be evaluated on the basis of the content of your beliefs (or values). There are no prerequisites. Keep in mind, however, that this is an upper-level course. The material will be difficult for those who have had little or no exposure to philosophy.
Requirements: Two in-class, noncomprehensive examinations, each of which constitutes 40% of the student's final score. The other 20% is based on attendance.
Text: There are no books.
All course materials are available free of charge (except for the paper on
which to print them) from the UTA library (online) or from the course
blog. Each student is responsible for locating and printing these
This class examines the
relationship of ethics and moral problems in business. Typically, individuals
understand ethics to be their homegrown values and norms that determine their
behavior when confronted with moral problems. This course shall expand this
understanding of ethics with the systematic approach to moral reasoning set
forth in a few philosophical theories called ethical theories. Each of these
establishes one unique meaning of the moral good or the moral right in
normative or “ought” claims. Part of our examinations of moral problems in
business will involve the evaluation of economic activity. The dominant
attitude of most intellectuals and ordinary people alike is that, while free
markets enhance material production and economic growth, they do so at the cost
of some moral values. We will critically examine this attitude by the filter of
ethical theories. We shall also set aside the ordinary understanding of economics
as constituted by differential equations, data collection and prediction, and
take a deeper look at economics as a science of human action in order to find
what theoretical insights economics can offer ethics.
Requirements: Attendance, two tests, one short paper, one debate, and participation in discussions in class and Blackboard.
Text: Business Ethics: Concepts
and Cases, Seventh Edition, Manuel G. Velasquez, Pearson, 2012
Jonathan Edwards and Others, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and Other
Greek, and Latin:
An intensive (double-credit) introduction to the ancient Greek language, which provides direct access to one of the most important civilizations in world history, including both classical literature (Homer, Greek tragedy, philosophy, and history) and the religious literature of early Christianity (the New Testament). Ideal preparation for students planning to enter the seminary or graduate school in a wide variety of disciplines.
Requirements: weekly quizzes; three
in-class exams, plus final exam.
1300-001 (Introduction to Classical Mythology)
A bracing introductory survey of
the most influential classical myths as represented in words and images by the
Greeks, Romans, and subsequent generations, including our own. Course readings will be lavishly illustrated
by slides and film excerpts. Sex,
violence, heroes, monsters, cultural contextualization, and more!
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