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Philosophy

 

Philosophy, Socrates said, begins with the recognition that the unexamined life is not worth living. Thus, philosophy focuses on our understanding of ourselves and our relationships to other persons and society, to nature, to the universe, and, for some, to God.

Philosophy focuses on developing the ability to formulate and to pose questions critical to knowing and ways of knowing, to analysis or synthesis of ideas and claims, and to evaluation, be it of ideas, claims, or actions. It examines both traditional and contemporary efforts with a view to cultivating the habits of sober reflection, careful reasoning, and clear and concrete representation of ideas.

 

Major and Minor Requirements in Philosophy

The major in philosophy requires a minimum of 32 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. At least 18 hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

The minor in philosophy requires a minimum of 25 hours. At least 12 hours must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above. 

Major

Minor

For students entering prior to fall 2010, see iCap for requirements For students entering prior to fall 2010, see iCap for requirements
 I. Logic, Epistemology, and Metaphysics (6 hours)  I. Logic (3 hours)
           PHIL 215: Symbolic Logic *            PHIL 215: Symbolic Logic *
           PHIL 330: Philosophy of Science  
           PHIL 331: History of Analytic Philosophy  
           PHIL 404: Metaphysics and Epistemology  
           PHIL 415: Advanced Logic  
 II. History of Philosophy (9 hours; at least one course from each category)  II. History of Philosophy (9 hours; at least one course from each category)
 Category A:   Category A:      
           PHIL 341: Plato and Aristotle            PHIL 341: Plato and Aristotle
           PHIL 342: Skeptics, Stoics, and Epicureans            PHIL 342: Skeptics, Stoics, and Epicureans
           PHIL 343: Medieval Philosophy            PHIL 343: Medieval Philosophy
 Category B:  Category B:
           PHIL 344: Early Modern Moral Philosophy             PHIL 344: Early Modern Moral Philosophy
           PHIL 345: Descartes and Hume             PHIL 345: Descartes and Hume
           PHIL 346: Kant and Idealism             PHIL 346: Kant and Idealism
           PHIL 347: Leibniz and Locke
            PHIL 347: Leibniz and Locke
           PHIL 348: 20th Century Philosophy             PHIL 348: 20th Century Philosophy
           PHIL 432: Philosophy and Early Modern Science             PHIL 432: Philosophy and Early Modern Science
           PHIL 433: History of Philosophy of Science             PHIL 433: History of Philosophy of Science
 III. Ethics and Values (6 hours) 
 III. Ethics and Values (6 hours)
          PHIL 202: Racial Justice             PHIL 202: Racial Justice
          PHIL 207: Philosophy and Popular Culture             PHIL 207: Philosophy and Popular Culture
          PHIL 212: Philosophy and Gender Theory             PHIL 212: Philosophy and Gender Theory
          PHIL 305: Aesthetics
            PHIL 305: Aesthetics
          PHIL 315: Philosophy of Religion             PHIL 315: Philosophy of Religion
          PHIL 320: Ethics             PHIL 320: Ethics
          PHIL 322: Biomedical Ethics             PHIL 322: Biomedical Ethics
          PHIL 323: Social Ethics             PHIL 323: Social Ethics
          PHIL 324: War and Peace             PHIL 324: War and Peace
          PHIL 333: Marx & Critical Theory             PHIL 333: Marx & Critical Theory
          PHIL 350: Ethical Theory *             PHIL 350: Ethical Theory *
          PHIL 426: Philosophy and Old Age             PHIL 426: Philosophy and Old Age
 IV. Philosophical Writing (5 hours)  IV. Philosophical Writing Workshop (1 hour)
          PHIL 299: Philosophical Writing Workshop              PHIL 299: Philosophical Writing Workshop *
          (1 hour each, total 2) *  
          PHIL 496: Senior Seminar (3 hours) *  
 V. Electives (6 hours)  V. Electives (6 hours)
Any of the above courses or: Any of the above courses or:
          PHIL 101: Enduring Questions: Truth & Relativism             PHIL 101: Enduring Questions: Truth & Relativism
          PHIL 102: Enduring Questions: The Good & the Beautiful             PHIL 102: Enduring Questions: The Good & the Beautiful
          PHIL 103: Enduring Questions: The Committed Life             PHIL 103: Enduring Questions: The Committed Life
          PHIL 401: Readings in Philosophy             PHIL 401: Readings in Philosophy
          PHIL 499: Research in Philosophy             PHIL 499: Research in Philosophy
   
*   Required Course
 
   

Advisement

Eric Bain-Selbo
Cherry Hall 300
(270) 745-5744
E-Mail: Eric.Bain-Selbo@wku.edu

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