Philosophy Course Description(s)

PHIL2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

A study of the major problems with which philosophy deals and an introduction to the major philosophers of the Western world. Students will be introduced to critical thinking and writing.

PHIL2020 Ethics (3)

An introduction to the concept of good, involving a study of the major ethical theories of the West and their applications to contemporary moral problems.

PHIL3010 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3)

A chronological study of the foundations of Western thought from the early Greeks through the medieval period, concentrating on the primary source material from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas.

PHIL3020 History of Modern Philosophy (3)

A survey of the major philosophers of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries with special consideration for the influence of their thought upon the modern world. Offered: Alternate years.

PHIL3080 Critical Reasoning (3)

An introduction to the science of logic and reasoning, including both deductive and inductive reasoning processes. Basic concepts such as validity, soundness, strength, and argument evaluation will be covered. The course will also cover fallacies (both formal and informal), truth trees, biases within argumentation, and symbolic logic.

PHIL3094 Topics in Philosophy (1)

An examination of a specific area in philosophy. Topics will be announced as the course is scheduled and may include: applied ethical theory, philosophy of education, philosophy of logic, philosophy of nature, etc. Offered: Alternate years.

PHIL3410 Philosophy and Literature of Existentialism (3)

A study of the major concepts of existential philosophy along with the literary styles that are used by the major existential thinkers. The study will include Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, Camus, Tillich, and Buber. (See THEO3410) Offered: Alternate years.

PHIL3520 Philosophy of Science (3)

A survey of the major theories in epistemology as they relate to scientific and philosophical investigation. The primary objective is to enhance the interdisciplinary dialogue taking place at the interface between science and philosophy. The course will also focus on some of the ethical and metaphysical implications of current scientific investigation.

PHIL3600 Clinical Ethics (3)

A review of the traditional theories of and the contemporary ethical applications to health care. The focus is the integration of ethical responsibility and the medical environment. Theorists and practitioners will contribute insight about methodology and motives that determine decisions made in modern medical care.

PHIL3620 Science and Christian Faith (3)

The primary objective of the course is to enhance the interdisciplinary dialogue taking place between science and theology. To accomplish this, the course will explore several core scientific theories and how these theories impact Christian theology. The three primary scientific theories covered in this course are cosmology and the big bang, the theory of macroevolution, and quantum physics. Each of these scientific theories has a significant impact on Christian theology. For instance, the big bang raises questions related to creation, provides evidence for a literal “beginning” and supports the argument from fine tuning. Similarly, evolution raises questions about the historical accuracy of Genesis 1-3, the fall, original sin, and the imago dei. Each of these theological views will be explored in depth. Finally, quantum physics calls into question the determinism of a clockwork universe and opens the door to chaos, indeterminacy and potentially human freedom. The key questions undergirding the course are as follows: How does modern science aid the theological process? How has Christian faith aided the rise of modern science? How does modern science challenge some theological views? What are the limits of natural science in relation to the Christian faith? See THEO3620.

PHIL4210 Contemporary Philosophy (3)

A survey of the philosophers of the 20th century and the trends in natural, social, and political science that have impacted their thought. Both the analytic and continental streams of thought will be addressed with special attention given to positivism, existentialism, linguistic analysis, and postmodernism. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: 4 credits in philosophy, or instructor's approval

PHIL4430 Metaphysics (3)

An investigation of the ultimate philosophical commitments about reality. Topics selected may include the basic constituents of ontology, the nature of space and time, causality, freedom and the self. Representative figures in the history of philosophy may be considered and analyzed. Offered: Alternate years Prerequisites: 4 credits in philosophy, or instructor's approval

PHIL4520 Philosophy of Religion (3)

A constructive study of religious claims, thoughts, and practices from the philosophic point of view. Special attention is given to problems such as: the idea of God, immortality, evil, freedom and determinism. Prerequisites: 4 credits in philosophy, or instructor's approval

PHIL4900 Philosophy Capstone (1)

A course designed to bring to completion a student's NNU education, with an eye toward philosophical integration of the student's entire study. The course will involve systematic reflection of university outcomes and will seek to further refine a student's ability to read and write philosophy.

PHIL4980 Seminar in Philosophy (3)

A study of topics will be announced as the course is scheduled and could include: personality, social philosophy, philosophy of science, and aesthetics. Offered: Alternate years. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: 6 credits in philosophy, or instructor's approval

PHIL4990 Philosophy and Aesthetics (3)

A senior level capstone course integrating philosophy and the visual arts. Students will gain a working knowledge of basic theories in aesthetics with an aim to understanding assessment of the visual arts. The culminating project will include a piece of group artwork displaying robust synthesis of aesthetic theory and basic art practice. The project will include a ten page paper articulating the group's process.