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Philosophy


Philosophy, thought Socrates, begins with the recognition that an unexamined life is not worth living.  Accordingly, those who study philosophy question how to understand ourselves and our relationships to other persons, to society, to nature, to the universe, and, for some, to God.

Philosophy develops our ability to challenge the obvious, trains us to analyze and synthesize ideas, and shows us both how to defend and how to criticize normative claims about actions, policies, and ways of life.  By carefully examining and discussing both traditional and contemporary works, it cultivates habits of honest reflection, careful reasoning, and clear thinking.

 

Major and Minor Requirements

The major in philosophy (# 745) requires a minimum of 31 sems. hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. At least 16 hrs must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above.  |  The minor in philosophy (# 429) requires a minimum of 24 sems. hours. At least 12 hrs must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above. 

Major

Minor

[ Students entering prior to Fall 2018:
   see iCap for requirements ]
[ Students entering prior to Fall 2018:
   see iCap for requirements ]
   
 I. Logic, Epistemology, & Metaphysics (6 hrs)  I. Logic, Epistemology, & Metaphysics (6 hrs)
          PHIL 214: Logic, Argument, & Practical
                            Reasoning
          PHIL 214: Logic, Argument, & Practical
                            Reasoning
          PHIL 315: Philosophy of Religion           PHIL 315: Philosophy of Religion
          PHIL 330: Philosophy of Science           PHIL 330: Philosophy of Science
          PHIL 332: Philosophy of Mind: Minds
                            & Machines
          PHIL 332: Philosophy of Mind: Minds
                            & Machines 
          PHIL 334: Philosophy of Language           PHIL 334: Philosophy of Language
          PHIL 404: Metaphysics & Epistemology           PHIL 404: Metaphysics & Epistemology
          PHIL 415: Advanced Logic           PHIL 415: Advanced Logic
   
 II. History of Philosophy (6 hrs)  II. History of Philosophy (6 hrs)
          PHIL 331: Early Analytic Philosophy           PHIL 331: Early Analytic Philosophy
          PHIL 341: Plato and Aristotle           PHIL 341: Plato and Aristotle
          PHIL 342: Skeptics, Stoics, & Epicureans           PHIL 342: Skeptics, Stoics, & Epicureans
          PHIL 343: Medieval Philosophy           PHIL 343: Medieval Philosophy
          PHIL 344: Early Modern Moral Philosophy           PHIL 344: Early Modern Moral Philosophy
          PHIL 345: Descartes & Hume           PHIL 345: Descartes & Hume
          PHIL 346: Kant & Idealism           PHIL 346: Kant & Idealism
          PHIL 347: Leibniz & Locke
          PHIL 347: Leibniz & Locke
          PHIL 348: 20th Century Philosophy           PHIL 348: 20th Century Philosophy
          PHIL 406: Existentialism            PHIL 406: Existentialism
          PHIL 440: Readings in Ancient / Medieval
                            Philosophy 
          PHIL 440: Readings in Ancient / Medieval
                            Philosophy
           PHIL 450: Readings in Modern / 
                             Contemporary Philosophy
          PHIL 450: Readings in Modern /
                            Contemporary Philosophy
   
 III. Ethics and Values (6 hrs) 
 III. Ethics and Values (6 hrs)
          PHIL 202: Racial Justice           PHIL 202: Racial Justice
          PHIL 207: Philosophy and Popular Culture           PHIL 207: Philosophy and Popular Culture
          PHIL 208: Philosophy of Public Space           PHIL 208: Philosophy of Public Space
          PHIL 211: Why Are Bad People Bad?           PHIL 211: Why Are Bad People Bad?
          PHIL 212: Philosophy & Gender Theory           PHIL 212: Philosophy & Gender Theory
          PHIL 305: Aesthetics
          PHIL 305: Aesthetics
          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 344: Early Modern Moral Philosophy           PHIL 344: Early Modern Moral Philosophy
          PHIL 350: Ethical Theory           PHIL 350: Ethical Theory
          PHIL 406: Existentialism           PHIL 406: Existentialism
          PHIL 426: Philosophy & Old Age           PHIL 426: Philosophy & Old Age
          PHIL 427: Philosophy of Law           PHIL 427: Philosophy of Law
   
 IV. Senior Seminar (1 hr)  
          PHIL 496: Senior Seminar (1 hr) *    
   
 V. Electives (12 hrs)  V. Electives (6 hrs)
  --> Any philosophy course (see above & in 
       Catalogue) including the following:
  --> Any philosophy course (see above & in
        Catalogue) including the following:
            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 499: Independent Research
                              in Philosophy
            PHIL 499: Independent Research
                              in Philosophy
  --> Any/all of the following RELS courses:    --> Any two of the following RELS courses: 
            RELS 242: Meaning of Life: Atheism to Zen             RELS 242: Meaning of Life: Atheism to Zen
            RELS 317: Confucianism             RELS 317: Confucianism
            RELS 318: Daoism             RELS 318: Daoism
           
*  Required Course  |  Note: Senior Seminar may be taken independently, or it may 'piggy-back' on top of
    another PHIL course in which students are concurrently enrolled. In both cases, students must specifically 
    enroll for it .
   

Advisement : Michael J. Seidler | Cherry Hall 322 | (270) 745-5756 | e-mail: michael.seidler@wku.edu 

 


 


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