L.PHI-110: Introduction to Philosophy
An introduction to philosophy, its nature, methodology, principal themes, questions, disagreements, and prominent philosophers, as represented in each of the four major philosophic periods: ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary. 3 credits.L.PHI-150: Logic
This course will teach students to develop analytical and logical reasoning skills. In addition to surveying the basic principles of informal logic and the identification of informal fallacies, students will be introduced to three formal systems of logic: term logic, propositional logic, and predicate logic. 3 credits.L.PHI-225: Art, Beauty & Meaning
This course explores the nature of art, the meaning of beauty, and the relationship between the two by consulting selected writings and by directly experiencing and studying specific works of art (and, in some cases, by interacting with the artists who produced them). 3 credits. January term.L.PHI-250: Human Identity in Community-AI
Philosophic investigation into human identity as rational and social being, relying upon common experience, culture, and selected findings of the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; attention given to the distinct powers, performances, and place of human beings within the natural order, and insights related to the self and society, including the themes of life, mutual dependence, freedom, unity, knowledge and practical reason, and the afterlife. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and either L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PHI-278: Bioethics, Society & Culture
Abortion, assisted reproductive technologies, death and dying, research on human subjects, stem cell research, organ transplants, allocation of resources in a pandemic, and health care for the poor are examined through the lenses of philosophical ethics, Catholic moral theology, and law and public policy. Students will interact with health care professionals and institutions and advocacy groups, discuss contemporary films, and assess Internet web sites. May not enroll if have taken L.PHI-319 Bioethics-AV. 3 credits. January term.
L.PHI-280: Eastern Philosophy
A discussion of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism as autonomous philosophic and spiritual traditions and as they relate to Western philosophic and spiritual traditions. Either L.PHI-110 or L.PHI-150 strongly recommended, but not required. 3 credits.
L.PHI-290: Christianity, Film & The Arts-AA
An exploration of manifestations of Christianity in film and the arts (painting, sculpture, stained glass, music, architecture) in various time periods and cultures. The concepts of philosophical aesthetics are used to understand, analyze, and evaluate the films and works of art. Classes include opportunities to experience various works of art and view film as well as area field trips. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PHI-301: Foundational Ethics
An examination of various ethical theories with reading of important historical and contemporary primary source texts. Particular attention is given to natural law ethics. 3 credits.
L.PHI-311: Business Ethics-AV
This course studies basic moral principles and theories as they apply in the evaluation of the moral issues that arise in the three basic kinds of business relationships: between the employee and the firm, between the firm and other economic agents, and between the firm and various non-business groups. 3 credits. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PHI-313: Environmental Ethics-AV
This course studies basic moral principles and theories as they apply in the evaluation of the moral issues that arise when human beings, both individually and collectively, interact with the environment, particularly in the areas of pollution and resource depletion. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PHI-314: Computers, Ethics & Society-AV
This course studies basic moral principles and theories as they apply in the evaluation of the moral issues that arise from the use of information and computer technology (e.g., acquisition and collection of information, intellectual property, information access and stewardship, security, the social impact of computer technology). Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PHI-315: Communication Ethics-AV
This course studies basic moral principles and theories as they apply in the evaluation of the moral issues that arise in media communications (e.g., truth, privacy, confidentiality, conflicts of interests, antisocial behavior, morally offensive content, responsibility to juveniles, social justice, stereotypes). Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PHI-316: Ethics in Philosophy, Literature & Film-AV
An introduction to ethical theory through discussion of contemporary personal and social moral problems. Ethical theories and problems are explored through philosophical and literary writings and film. Clustered with ENG 241: Literature for Ethical Reflection. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PHI-317: Ethics and the New Genetics-AV
A multidisciplinary, team-taught course examining the ethical, legal, and social implications of contemporary work in the field of genetics. Topics include genetic testing and screening, reproductive decision-making. behavioral genetics, genetic engineering, eugenics, genetic discrimination, gene patenting, and the use of DNA evidence in court. Clustered with BIO 273: Human Genetics. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PHI-318: The Theory and Practice of Bioethics-AV
This course combines philosophical and theological study of standard topics in bioethics (e.g., reproductive decisions, death and dying, research and experimentation, allocation of scarce resources) with examination of the use of bioethics in health care facilities and in formulating public policies. 3 credits. January term.
A survey of ethical issues arising in contemporary work in neuroscience. Topics include predictive testing for neurological disorders; implications for abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and organ procurement of neurological criteria for the beginning and end of life; medical treatment decisions for brain injured persons with severely compromised consciousness; brain activity and free will; abnormal brain activity and culpability for criminal actions; enhancement of brain function; neuroimaging and privacy; and the ethics of neurological research with animal and human subjects. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, L.LIB-220. May not enroll if have taken L.PHI-278: Bioethics, Society and Culture. 3 credits.
L.PHI-320: Ancient Philosophy
A survey of Western philosophy in ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Central issues include: integration of poetic and mythic worldviews with critical thought; themes of “one and the many” and “part and whole” amid material and immaterial existence; determination, freedom, chance, and fate; the inclination toward human happiness; cognitive access to “reality” and the acts of opinion, belief, and knowledge. L.PHI-110 or L.PHI-150 strongly recommended, but not required. 3 credits.
L.PHI-321: Medieval Philosophy
A survey of Christian, Jewish and Islamic philosophy from the early middle ages through Renaissance scholasticism, with particular attention to the work of Thomas Aquinas. Either L.PHI-110 or L.PHI-150 strongly recommended, but not required. 3 credits.
L.PHI-322: Modern Philosophy
Survey of philosophical thought during the 17th and 18th centuries, noting emphases upon methodology, mathematics, science, and progress by Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. These thinkers continue to influence present attitudes toward the starting point and structure of knowledge, the possibility of metaphysics, the relation of the world to God, and our own human composition, freedom, and destiny. Either L.PHI-110 or L.PHI-150 strongly recommended, but not required. 3 credits.
L.PHI-323: Contemporary Philosophy
An examination of the principal views of God, humanity, and the world as advanced by major contemporary philosophers and philosophical movements, including existentialism and phenomenology, American pragmatic and instrumentalist philosophy, analytic and positivist philosophy, dialectical thought. Either L.PHI-110 or L.PHI-150 strongly recommended, but not required. 3 credits.
L.PHI-331: Knowledge, Truth & Reality
The study of what and how things exist in the world (metaphysics/philosophy of being), and how we cognitively experience and understand these things (epistemology/philosophy of knowledge); includes notions of being in itself, potency and actuality; causality; the properties of unity, good, and beauty; the nature of evil; intellect and sense perception; truth and falsity; and subjective states of certainty, doubt, ignorance, and error. Prerequisite: Either L.PHI-110 or L.PHI-150; at least one historical sequence course recommended but not required. 3 credits.
L.PHI-333: Philosophy of God & Religion
An examination of attempts to justify belief in the existence of God, the divine nature and attributes, the problem of evil, religious experience, the status of religious language, and divine action in the world, using historical, contemporary, and multicultural sources. Prerequisite: Either L.PHI-110 or L.PHI-150. At least one of the historical sequence courses strongly recommended but not required. 3 credits.
L.PHI-348: Philosophy of Science
Examination of basic problems about the nature, goals, and methods of scientific inquiry in contrast to philosophy; analysis of scientific theories in terms of the role of mathematics, observation, causality, and demonstration; and examination of the contrast between natural and social sciences. 3 credits.
L.PHI-375: Comparative Philosophy
An interpretive study of selected Eastern and Western philosophical perspectives on such issues as the person, self, individuality, consciousness, experience, knowledge, nature, ultimate reality, and their implications for philosophy (especially ethics) and religion with the aim of exploring both the wealth of diversity in, and possible parallels and convergences among, these distinct traditions. 3 credits.
L.PHI-376: Philosophy & the Rise of Christianity-AC
J-term study travel course traces Christian thought and new syntheses in regions where love for wisdom has not been left in ruins. Initial classes meet at Loras to engage primary texts; then travel to Sicily and Rome. Themes include: soul, body and the person; love and the will; women’s and men’s roles in political society; moral systems and virtue; God’s providence and power. Prerequisites: L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110; also recommended: L.PHI-100 and/or L.PHI-220, or one other philosophy or Catholic theology course. 3 credits. January term.
L.PHI-475: Philosophical Foundations of Theology
An examination of the principal texts, issues, and concepts of Western philosophy, Ancient through Contemporary periods, which have entered into Christian theological discourse. Prerequisite: participation in undergraduate seminary program, pre-theology program or permission of instructor. 3 credits.
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