610 Introduction to
A study of the basic
issues and traditions in Philosophy. Thinkers include: Socrates, Plato,
Descartes, Kant, Rawls. Issues include: soul, truth, god, reality,
knowledge, ethics, mind, freedom, religion, social and political thought.
SS 620 Philosophy of Religion
Central concepts in
religious thought, such as God, faith, and immortality; problems of
religious knowledge and revelation. Problems connected with the relation
of theology and philosophy discussed with reference to selected medieval,
modern, and contemporary texts.
Basic concepts and
problems of ethics. Nature of values, virtue, moral judgment, and
obligation considered and illustrated through writings of the major
philosophers of the Western tradition, including Plato, Aristotle,
Augustine, Spinoza, Kant, Moore, and Stevenson.
SS 635 Business Ethics
Explores the topic of
business Ethics from legal, social and primarily philosophical
perspectives focusing on basic issues, such as conflicts of interest,
civil rights, social justice, ecology, consumerism, and corporate and
individual responsibility. Various ethical principles and traditions are
discussed in order to reveal ethical problems arising from business
practices. Codes of conduct of various professional associations are
examined in order to discover how they attempt to regulate professional
SS640 Medical Ethics
A consideration of
the ethical implications of modern medical research and practice. Topics
include professional versus universal ethics, the rights of patients,
genetic engineering, truth and information in medicine, the concept of
mental illness, experimentation on human subjects and public health
Main principles of
deductive and inductive inference with an introduction to classical and
SS 660 Philosophy of Science
methodology of Science; nature of hypothesis; scientific law; role of
deduction and nature of experiment. Discussion of scientific method in
social science as compared to physical science.
SS 670 Aesthetics: the Philosophy of Art , Beauty, and Creativity
An inquiry into the
philosophy of art from Plato to modern times. Concepts such as form,
beauty, style, aesthetic experience examined through the works of such
authors as Aristotle, Kant, Lessing, Bell, Fry, and others.
SS 680 Perspective on Death and Dying
Designed to help the
student gain insight into the phenomena of death and dying in America and
other societies. An
interdisciplinary approach used to explore the meaning of death for a
philosophy of life, drawing upon writings from medicine and nursing, the
liberal arts, and the humanities. Group
discussions and guest lecturers.
SS 750 Technology and Human Values
Focus on the major
social, economic, political, psychological and philosophical problems
arising from our contemporary socio-economic order; the consequences of
technological progress in American industrial society.
SS770 Computers Society and Human Values
A consideration of
the impact computers have on society, emphasizing the effects on values
produced by computerization and the responsibilities that computer
professionals have. Topics include: the process of ethical decision
making, privacy and confidentiality, computer crime, harassment, personal
identification, checking honesty, mechanization, data secrecy,
"computer" errors, computer decisions, proprietary rights,
computer modeling, technological dependence, and professional codes.
SS 810 Biblical Religion: Hebrew Scriptures
The Old Testament ; its historical setting in the
Near East; its concepts of the world and man’s relation to God and his
fellow man; meaning of God; problems of good and evil; the Covenant of the
patriarchs versus the Covenant of Sinai; the roles of the priesthood,
judges, prophets,; national and historical aspects of the festivals;
impact of Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian and Hellenistic rule.
SS 820 Biblical Religion: The New Testament
Examination of the origins of the writings and
history as well as the text fo the New Testament.
Emphasis on such concepts as the new relationship of the
Creator-God to his creatures; the concept of good and evil; nature of love
and its redemptive role. Cultural
, moral, philosophical, and theological implications; significance and
relevance of the New Testament viewed from a rational point of view.
SS 830 The Koran
Critical inquiry into the texts of the Koran.
The historical and syncretistic elements isolated.
The Islamic world view, creation of the universes, will and fate of
man, necessity an freedom. The
cultural, theological, moral, and philosophical contributions of the Koran
to the world.
SS 840 Contemporary Religious Thought
Studies in the “Death of God” theology, social
concepts of the sacred, ecumenism, psychology of belief and contemporary
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