Special Course Descriptions

PHL 100 90 Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Professor Weigel

This philosophy honors course provides a thorough introduction to the discipline of philosophy and its characteristic habits of thought. Classic and contemporary readings familiarize people with the art of organized inquiry. Topics include: the examined life, happiness, God, religion and science, technology, personal identity, freedom, and love and desire. Major figures include: Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, Camus, and a variety of contemporary thinkers. Prerequisite: Honors status

PHL 108 10 Logic
Professor Weigel

A systematic overview of the rules and methods of argument, in three parts. The first part examines arguments in everyday discourse. A second covers classic Aristotelian methods. The third part treats modern techniques in formal symbolization of proofs. No prerequisites.

PHL 294 10 Desire, Crisis, and Freedom
Professor Weigel

Exploration of themes of desire and individual choice in world literature. Select authors offer competing portraits of human desire and the exercise of freedom in response to adversity. Topics include love and desire, meaning in tragedy, divergent views of freedom, and the individual in society. Readings are from Sophocles, Aeschylus, Plato, the Bible, St. Augustine, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Freud, Kafka, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Kobo Abe, and Iris Murdoch.

PHL 294 11/GEN 294 11 Philosophy, Feminism, and the Body
PRofessor Benson

Our identities are shaped by categories like race, gender, sexuality, and disability. In this course we will examine how these types of categories shape our embodied lives and how such categories are reinforced in medical practice, reproductive technologies, cosmetics, the fitness and diet industries. The body is a place where theory and flesh exist in an uneasy relationship. We will seek to understand this contentious relationship and to understand the possibilities for resisting the social domination advanced through these categories. Readings will be drawn from race theory, feminist theory, disability studies, and queer theory. Authors are likely to include Bartky, Bordo, Foucault, Halperin, and bel hooks. Prerequisite: Completion of first year writing requirement, or equivalent.