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School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs Philosophy Courses

Philosophy (Phil) Courses

101 [HUM] Introduction to Philosophy 3 Nature and place of philosophy in human thought; problems and achievements.

103 [HUM] Introduction to Ethics 3 Ethics through analysis of contemporary moral and social issues.

200 [WRTG] Critical Thinking and Writing 3 Application of critical thinking skills to essay writing.

201 [QUAN] Introduction to Formal Logic 3 Course Prerequisite: MATH 101 with a C or better, MATH 103 with a C or better, a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 40%, or higher level MATH. Core logical concepts and formal syntax, semantics and proof procedures for categorical, propositional, and basic predicate logic.

207 [HUM] Philosophy of Religion 3 Critical inquiry into the existence and nature of God; the problem of evil; the relation of faith and reason; immortality and miracles. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

210 [HUM] Philosophy in Film 3 The use of film as philosophical text.

220 [HUM] Philosophy of Food 3 Philosophical issues concerning the nature, production, and distribution of food, including ethical, aesthetic, metaphysical, and/or social/political dimensions of food.

280 [HUM] Islam in Theory and Practice 3 Fundamental principles of Islam, including the relation between faith and practice, and the social, economic, political, and judicial systems in Islam. (Crosslisted course offered as PHIL 280, ASIA 280).

314 [HUM] [M] Philosophies and Religions of India 3 Metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, aesthetic, social, and political views of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and their influence on Indian civilization. (Crosslisted course offered as PHIL 314, ASIA 314).

315 [HUM] [M] Philosophies and Religions of China and Japan 3 The philosophies and religions of China and Japan, and their metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, social, and political positions and views of God and gods. (Crosslisted course offered as PHIL 315, ASIA 315).

320 [M] History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL. Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle; post-Aristotelian philosophy to the Renaissance. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

321 History of Modern Philosophy 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL. Renaissance, 17th and 18th century philosophers. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

322 Nineteenth-century Philosophy 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL. The Continental, post-Kantian tradition, with emphasis on thinkers such as Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

333 Development of Marxist Thought 3 Marxist theory from the original writing of Marx and Engels to contemporary developments. (Crosslisted course offered as POL S 333, PHIL 333).

350 Philosophy of Science 3 Purpose and logical structure of science; human implications. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

360 [HUM] Business Ethics 3 The principles of ethics as applied to specific problems in business faced by individuals and corporate institutions.

365 [HUM] Biomedical Ethics 3 Ethical problems in medicine and biological research.

370 [HUM] Environmental Ethics 3 Explores the obligations we have regarding non-human parts of the environment and the justification for those obligations.

390 Topics in Philosophy 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours.

401 Advanced Formal Logic 3 First-order predicate logic plus some metatheory, applications and/or extensions. Credit not granted for both PHIL 401 and PHIL 501. Recommended preparation: PHIL 201. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

406 Philosophy and Race 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours in PHIL or CES 201. Examination of race within western philosophy including work of philosophers of color and analysis of the category race. (Crosslisted course offered as CES 406, PHIL 406).

407 Seminar in Philosophy of Religion 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Advanced topic-driven seminar. Critical analysis of traditional and contemporary religions and religious phenomena. Credit not granted for both PHIL 407 and PHIL 507. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

413 [CAPS] Science and Religion 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 credits PHIL; 3 credits [BSCI] or [PSCI]; junior standing. Methodological comparison and philosophical investigation of the relation between religion and natural science and related issues.

420 Existentialism and Continental Philosophy 3 Selected movements, figures, and issues in recent continental philosophy. Recommended preparation: PHIL 320, 321 or 322. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

421 Kant 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL. Exploration of Kant’s philosophy and the philosophies heavily influenced by Kant. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

425 Philosophy and Feminism 3 Course Prerequisite: PHIL 101, WGSS 101, or WGSS 120. Feminist philosophy as critique of Western philosophical tradition and as alternate framework for thought. (Crosslisted course offered as PHIL 425, POL S 425, WGSS 425.)

425 (Effective through Summer 2022) Philosophy and Feminism 3 Course Prerequisite: PHIL 101, WGSS 101, or WGSS 120. Feminist philosophy as critique of Western philosophical tradition and as alternate framework for thought. (Crosslisted course offered as PHIL 425, POL S 425, WGSS 425. WGSS 425 formerly offered as WOMEN ST 425.)

431 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL; junior standing. Philosophical exploration of aesthetics experience and any or all of the arts; emphasis on value considerations and comparisons of differing media. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

435 East/West Philosophy of Architecture 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. East/West philosophies and their impact on understanding of nature and architecture.

437 [M] Classical Political Thought 3 The development of political philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Machiavelli. (Crosslisted course offered as POL S 437, PHIL 437).

438 [M] Contemporary Political Theory 3 The development of political thought since Machiavelli. (Crosslisted course offered as POL S 438, PHIL 438).

442 [CAPS] [M] Philosophy of Mind 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL; junior standing. Theories of mind, self, mental acts, psychological states and artificial intelligence. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

443 [M] Philosophy of Language 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL. Investigation of philosophical issues concerning meaning, reference, truth, the nature of language, and the relation between language and thought. Credit not granted for both PHIL 443 and PHIL 543. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

446 Metaphysics 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL. Issues and theories concerning free will and determinism, the nature of truth, the existence of God, space, time and identity. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

447 Theory of Knowledge 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL. Problems and theories concerning skepticism, the nature and scope of knowledge, a priori knowledge, and induction. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

450 [HUM] Data Analytics Ethics 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Ethical issues concerning the collection, use, and dissemination of data.

450 (Effective through Summer 2022) Data Analytics Ethics 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Ethical issues concerning the collection, use, and dissemination of data.

460 [M] Ethical Theory 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL. Problems of ethical theory as treated by historical and contemporary philosophers. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

462 [M] Women and Ethics 3 Course Prerequisite: PHIL 101, WGSS 101, or WGSS 120. Study of gender and feminism and their effect on contemporary ethical theories and issues. (Crosslisted course offered as WGSS 462, PHIL 462.) Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

462 (Effective through Summer 2022) [M] Women and Ethics 3 Course Prerequisite: PHIL 101, WGSS 101, or WGSS 120. Study of gender and feminism and their effect on contemporary ethical theories and issues. (Crosslisted course offered as WGSS 462, PHIL 462. WGSS 462 formerly offered as WOMEN ST 462.) Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

470 Philosophy of Law 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL or POL S. Selected topics pertaining to moral and philosophical evaluation of law. Credit not granted for both PHIL 470 and PHIL 570. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

472 [M] Social and Political Philosophy 3 Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL or POL S. Problems of normative social and political theories; historical and contemporary philosophers. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

475 [CAPS] Zombie Apocalypse 3 Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Uses zombies to model responses to global pandemics and critically assesses awareness of pandemic threats in contemporary popular culture.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.