UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

Course Offerings - PHILOSOPHY


76-101 Elementary Logic (HU) 3 cr.
Analysis of reasoning, deductive and inductive, designed to aid the development of critical thinking. Examples illustrating the use of logical and illogical reasoning drawn from selected exercises and current literature.

76-105 Ethics (HU) 3 cr.

Analysis of the principal theories of ethics and their practical application to problems concerning the individual and society. Proposed methods of justifying moral principles will be examined.
76-106 Honors: Ethics (HU) 3 cr.
Studies the two principal questions of ethics: What is good? and What is the right thing to do? The answers to these two questions which have been given by serious thinkers in the past will be examined and evaluated, and applications will be made to present-day matters. Prerequisite: University Scholar.
76-109 Introduction to Philosophy (HU) 3 cr.
A survey of some of the perennial problems of the human enterprise; the nature of reality, of truth, of beauty, of man's ideal political and social relationships, and of the good life; solutions to these problems offered by the best known Greek, medieval, and modern philosophers.
76-110 Honors: Introduction to Philosophy (HU) 3 cr.
An introduction to philosophical study of perennial problems of knowledge, truth, reality, value, religion, the fine arts, ideal social and political arrangements, and the good life. Solutions to these problems offered by some of the best known figures in the history of philosophy.
76-202 Symbolic Logic 3 cr.
An examination of the formal characteristics of deductive inference and deductive systems. Particular attention will be given to truth functions, general quantification theory and the scope and limits of formal logic. Prerequisite: 76-101 or consent of instructor.
76-205 Ethical Issues in a Diverse Society (ES) 3 cr.

This course examines a number of moral issues that are currently debated in our society. Among those examined are ones that arise from opposing views of social justice and from difference in cultural and racial perspectives. The role of various ethical theories in clarifying these controversial moral issues is studied. Prerequisite: 76-105 or equivalent.

76-207 Philosophy of Religion (HU) 3 cr.

A critical examination of such problems as the nature of religion, the existence of evil, the existence of God; the nature of religious knowledge, and the relation of reason and religious faith.
76-211 Philosophy in India (NW) 3 cr.
A scrutiny of Indian philosophic systems and arguments from the Upanishads, Buddhism, Jainism, and Materialism to Gandhi and Radhakrishnan. Satisfies General Education requirement of 3 credits in non-Western studies.
76-215 Philosophy of Art (HU) 3 cr.
The major philosophies of artistic experience, creation, and criticism. Particular attention to the devising of standards of evaluating works of art.
76-221 Philosophy in China (NW) 3 cr.
Philosophical character of Chinese literature. Naturalistic Taoism and moralistic Confucianism coming to unification and systematic self-realization in Neo-Confucianism through the challenge of Buddhism and Western Philosophy. Reason, man, and nature as trinitarian harmony in Chinese philosophy. Satisfies General Education requirement of 3 credits in non-Western studies.
76-223 Honors: Philosophy in China (NW) 3 cr.
Philosophical character of Chinese literature. Naturalistic Taoism and moralistic Confucianism coming to unification and systematic self-realization in Neo-Confucianism through the challenge of Buddhism and Western Philosophy. Reason, man, and nature as Trinitarian harmony in Chinese philosophy. Satisfies General Education requirement of 3 credits in non-Western studies. Prerequisite: University Scholar.
76-225 Philosophy of Love (HU) 3 cr.
An examination of philosophical views of the nature and definition of love and its role and importance in human life.
76-301 History of Ancient Philosophy 3 cr.
Major ancient philosophers from the Ionians to St. Augustine. The relevance of their thought to contemporary philosophical problems. Prerequisite: 76-109 or consent of instructor.
76-305 History of Modern Philosophy 3 cr.
Major Western philosophers from the Renaissance to the close of the nineteenth century. Prerequisite: 76-109 or consent of instructor.
76-307 Philosophy in Literature 3 cr.
An examination of important philosophical problems found in selected novels and plays. Works by such authors as Dostoevsky, Sartre, and Voltaire are studied.
76-309 Contemporary Philosophy 3 cr.
A critical examination of some of the important philosophical movements of the twentieth century, such as pragmatism, logical atomism, logical positivism, linguistic analysis, and existentialism. Prerequisite: 76-109 or consent of instructor.
76-311 Biomedical Ethics 3 cr.
An examination of ethical issues in various aspects of the life sciences and public health care such as medicine, eugenics, birth control, behavior control, experiment and consent, health care delivery, death and dying, etc.
76-312 Existentialism and Other Movements in Continental Philosophy 3 cr.
A philosophical examination of the major themes in existentialist and other European movements such phenomenology, structuralism, and critical theory, with readings from central figures such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Jaspers, Derrida, Habermas, and Foucault. Prerequisite: Philosophy 76-109 or consent of instructor.
76-314 Philosophy of History 3 cr.
A critical examination of various theories of the nature of historical explanation and of various speculative theories of history such as those of Augustine, Vico, Hegel, Spengler, and Toynbee. Prerequisite: 76-109 or consent of instructor.
76-315 Philosophy of Science 3 cr.
The nature and function of science. The scientific method and the growth of several important scientific theories. Philosophical issues involved in the basic concepts and procedures of science and the problems created by the growth of science. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
76-316 Introduction to Cognitive Science 3 cr.
Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary study of the nature of human thought. Philosophical, psychological, linguistic, and artificial intelligence approaches to reasoning, perception and cognition are examined. Prerequisites: 76-109 or 86-201 or consent of instructor.
76-319 Theory of Knowledge 3 cr.
A study of recent and important theories of knowledge. Prerequisite: 76-109 or consent of instructor.
76-325 Social and Political Philosophy 3 cr.
Philosophical analyses of key concepts and issues related to the nature and proper governance of human societies. Such issues as the purpose of society, economic and social justice, political freedom, and the basis law, rights, and authority will be examined. Prerequisite: 76-105.
76-327 Philosophy of Mind 3 cr.
A study of the nature of the mind and its philosophical implications: What is the relationship between mind and body? What is the relevance of scientific investigations for philosophical questions about 'mental' phenomena? How is the study of mind and consciousness essential to philosophy itself since the time of Plato? The instructor will select the topics to be discussed. Prerequisite: 76-109.
76-329 Contemporary Ethical Problems 3 cr.
An intensive and rigorous analysis of one or more of the central issues in ethical theory, or of one or more of the central moral philosophers of the contemporary or modern period. This is essentially a continuation of 76-105 at a more advanced level. Prerequisite: 76-105.
76-330 Business and Ethics 3 cr.
An examination of the ethical problems facing different aspects of American business such as the morality of a market economy, the social responsibility of corporations and the honesty of advertising.
76-331/531 American Philosophy 3 cr.
A philosophical scrutiny of the development and cogency of some major American philosophies from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. The interrelationships of these philosophies with American social and cultural life also will be examined. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor. Open to graduate students.
76-345 Philosophy of Law 3 cr.

An examination of philosophical issues centering on law--to include topics such as the origin and nature of law, truth and legal interpretation, the role of evidence in legal determinations, the moral justification of legal punishment and coercion, fairness and the law, and the relations between moral and legal rights and duties. Prerequisite: 76-105 or consent of instructor.
76-422 Philosophy of Language 3 cr.
A philosophical scrutiny of the nature and functions of language, theories of meaning, private languages, and linguistic relativity with emphasis on the writings of such contemporary linguistic philosophers as Wittgenstein, Ryle, Austin and others. Prerequisites: 76-101 and 76-109.
76-426 Selected Topics in Philosophy 1-3 cr.
The intensive study of a topic not covered in the curriculum. Information about a Selected Topics course announced in the Timetable can be obtained at the Department of Philosophy office. This course may be repeated with different content.
76-446 Independent Study 1-3 cr.
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
76-456 Related Readings 1-3 cr.
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
76-474 Honors: Thesis 1-6 cr.
Prerequisites: University scholar status and junior standing. Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g. a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be Honors Thesis. Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum of 6 credits.

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