This course introduces the student to the nature of philosophy and to philosophical thinking, through a discussion of various important topics in philosophy. Issues can include the philosophy of mind, death and immortality, knowledge, time and time travel, free will, personality identity, the nature of morality, the existence of God and more.
This course provides a careful and critical examination of the moral issues in our society, including (but not limited to) the ethics of food, climate change, ethics and the city, robotics, population ethics, space exploration, human enhancement, medical ethics, animal ethics and environmental ethics. This course develops students' abilities to engage in ethical reasoning through the application of ethical theories and moral concepts to concrete, real-world cases.
This course introduces the student to philosophical thinking as it developed in non-western intellectual traditions. The course may cover philosophical thought that has grown out of Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Islamic, African, and indigenous civilizations.
This is a philosophy methods course that provides an introduction to the study of formal and informal arguments. Skills to be covered include the identification and analysis of arguments, recognition of fallacies, and modern techniques for analyzing and symbolizing certain kinds of arguments.
This is a philosophy methods course on ethical reasoning and an essential course for anyone interested in personal, social, or professional ethics. It examines classical and contemporary theories on morality, from both western and non-western philosophical perspectives. The course helps the student to think through the different theories and concepts that we rely on to guide our actions.
This course offers a close look at various "indigenous" intellectual traditions, which may include chamoru and Micronesian, Melanesian, Hawaiian, Maori, north American first nations, Inuit, Aztec, Polynesian, Sami, Okinawan and Ainu philosophies. We will engage with different perspectives, worldviews, with an aim to appreciating the contributions indigenous philosophies can make a universal human questions about the nature of human beings, the world, and our place in it, as well as to debates about concrete issues, such as health care and environmental protection.
This survey course provides an historical study of philosophical concepts and issues during the ancient, medieval, and renaissance period. The focus of the course is on prominent Western thinkers and a study of the philosophical systems they devised and the problems that they addressed.
This course is a continuation of the philosophical survey begun in PI301 covering principal issues and philosophical figures that dominate the modern and contemporary periods of philosophy. Emphasis again is on pivotal Western philosophers and their influence on the development of Twentieth Century philosophy.
This course acquaints the student topics central to the philosophy of religion. this may include issues such as the evidentialist and anti-evidentialist attempts to support or discredit the religious hypothesis; proofs of Gods, existence; the interrelationship between reason, faith, revelation, and science; God's attributes; the problem of evil; the nature of mysticisms and religious experience; reaction sot the theism.; and more.
This course is a study of the major philosophical positions taken in relation to the arts. Prerequisites: FA231 or consent of instructor.
Community engaged philosophy focuses on philosophy as a practice of critical thinking. This class incorporates the pedagogical principle of the philosophy for children (p4c), a constructivist approach to education that encourages students to think or themselves and become the authors of their learning. This course can help educators learn how to foster critical thinking skills in their students and create a dynamic, engaged classroom. While the focus of the course is the philosophy of education, it is a recommended course for senior students of an all disciplines for exercising and developing high-level critical thinking skills and learning how these skills can be utilized in discussion and debate.
Each time this course is offered it covers one specific area of philosophy or one particular philosopher in a seminar format. The course is particularly recommended for those students who wish to develop their skills in careful reading, discussion and debate, and analysis to a high level. The skill cultivated in this course gives students an advantage when it comes to any kind of learning at university (and beyond). The course may be repeated for credit under different topics.
Each time this course is offered it covers one specific area of philosophy or one particular philosopher. Possible course topics include Existentialism, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Environmental Ethics, Medical Ethics, Legal Ethics, the Philosophy of Samkara, and the Philosophy of Lao Tzu. The course may be repeated for credit under different topics.
Philosophy students and others interested in gaining a direct intensive exposure to Asian culture and philosophy will be interested in participating in this course. Each summer one of the faculty in the philosophy program takes a group of students into a particular Asian country of choice. At this time, destination of this course is planned to be either India, Tibet, China, or Japan. This course is invaluable for students who are specializing in Asian philosophy, though anyone could benefit from this unique opportunity to gain a direct encounter with one of these countries under the guidance of an expert in the culture and religion/philosophy of that particular country.
Philosophy students and others interested in gaining a direct intensive exposure to Asian culture and philosophy will be interested in participating in this course. Each summer one of the faculty in the philosophy program will take a group of students into a particular Asian country of choice. At this time, destination of this course is planned to be either India, Tibet, China, or Japan. This course is invaluable for students who are specializing in Asian philosophy, though anyone could benefit from this unique opportunity to gain a direct encounter with one of these countries under the guidance of an expert in the culture and religion/philosophy of that particular country.
This Course examines the various approaches to philosophy found in Micronesia. Philosophy is framed by historical and cultural conditions. This course will explicate the meaning and significance of philosophical wisdom for the dominant cultures, past and present, in Micronesia. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.