UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

PHILOSOPHY



John R. Burr, Chairperson
Department Office: Polk 43
Department Telephone: 920-424-1366

Code 76 or PHIL

I. FACULTY

Burr, Carlin, Cordero, Kyburg, Missner

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in Philosophy can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science.

Graduate: The Department does not offer a graduate program.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. GOAL(S)
See the department for a listing of their goal(s).

2. THE MAJOR
The Department offers a single major, the Philosophy Major.

3. THE MINOR(S)
The Department offers 2 minors: 1) Philosophy - Liberal Arts; 2) Philosophy - Education.

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Philosophy major or minor. Refer to the following Sections for complete major/minor course requirements.

Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

Philosophy
  • Philosophy 101 Elementary Logic 3 cr. or Philosophy 202 Symbolic Logic 3 cr.
  • Philosophy 105 Ethics 3 cr.
  • Philosophy 109 Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr.
Course Substitutions:
  • Philosophy 106 can be substituted for Philosophy 105
  • Philosophy 110 can be substituted for Philosophy 109

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

Recommended for students who seek either a traditional liberal arts education or a broad, liberal background as preparation for professional study in various disciplines. Philosophy deals with important and perplexing problems unanswered by the natural or social sciences. The subject has a great appeal for those interested in answers to fundamental questions about the nature of reality, man and society. The word philosophy comes from the ancient Greek meaning love of wisdom.

1. PHILOSOPHY MAJOR

Required Units (crs.): 34 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses, three of the following are required:
  • Philosophy: Philosophy 301, 305, 309, 319, 327.

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the 34 unit (cr.) requirement.

VII. MINOR(S)

1. PHILOSOPHY (LIBERAL ARTS) MINOR

Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
    Philosophy: Philosophy 301 or 305.

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the 24 unit (cr.) requirement.

2. PHILOSOPHY (EDUCATION) MINOR

Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
    Philosophy: Philosophy 207, 301 or 305, and 325.

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department’s offerings to meet the 24 unit (cr.) requirement.
Department approval may be obtained for appropriate course substitutions.

VIII. COURSE OFFERINGS

Philosophy 101 3 units (crs.)
Elementary Logic (HU)
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.

Philosophy 105 3 units (crs.)
Ethics (HU)
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.

Philosophy 106 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Ethics (HU)
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 Honors status.

Philosophy 109 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Philosophy (HU)
A survey of some of the perennial problems of the human enterprise; the nature of reality, of truth, of beauty, of ideal political and social relationships, and of the good life; solutions to these problems offered by the best known Greek, medieval, and modern philosophers.

Philosophy 110 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Introduction to Philosophy (HU)
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. Prerequisite: University Honors status.

Philosophy 202 3 units (crs.)
Symbolic Logic
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: Philosophy 101 or consent of instructor.

Philosophy 205 3 units (crs.)
Ethical Issues in a Diverse Society (ES)
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: Philosophy 105 or equivalent.

Philosophy 207 3 units (crs.)
Philosophy of Religion (HU)
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.

Philosophy 211 3 units (crs.)
Philosophy in India (NW)
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 units (crs.) in non-Western studies.

Philosophy 215 3 units (crs.)
Philosophy of Art (HU)
The major philosophies of artistic experience, creation, and criticism. Particular attention to the devising of standards of evaluating works of art.

Philosophy 221 3 units (crs.)
Philosophy in China (NW)
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, humanity, and nature as trinitarian harmony in Chinese philosophy. Satisfies General Education requirement of 3 units (crs.) in non-Western studies.

Philosophy 223 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Philosophy in China (NW)
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, humanity, and nature as Trinitarian harmony in Chinese philosophy. Satisfies General Education requirement of 3 units (crs.) in non-Western studies. Prerequisite: University Honors status.

Philosophy 225 3 units (crs.)
Philosophy of Love (HU)
An examination of philosophical views of the nature and definition of love and its role and importance in human life.

Philosophy 301 3 units (crs.)
History of Ancient Philosophy
Major ancient philosophers from the Ionians to St. Augustine. The relevance of their thought to contemporary philosophical problems. Prerequisite: Philosophy 109 or consent of instructor.

Philosophy 305 3 units (crs.)
History of Modern Philosophy
Major Western philosophers from the Renaissance to the close of the nineteenth century. Prerequisite: Philosophy 109 or consent of instructor.

Philosophy 307 3 units (crs.)
Philosophy in Literature
An examination of important philosophical problems found in selected novels and plays. Works by such authors as Dostoevsky, Sartre, and Voltaire are studied.

Philosophy 309 3 units (crs.)
Contemporary Philosophy
A critical examination of some of the important philosophical movements of the last hundred years, such as pragmatism, logical atomism, logical positivism, linguistic analysis, and existentialism. Prerequisite: Philosophy 109 or consent of instructor.

Philosophy 311 3 units (crs.)
Biomedical Ethics
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.

Philosophy 312 3 units (crs.)
Existentialism and Other Movements in Continental Philosophy
A philosophical examination of the major themes in existentialist and other European movements such as phenomenology, structuralism, and critical theory, with readings from central figures such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Jaspers, Derrida, Habermas, and Foucault. Prerequisite: Philosophy 109 or consent of instructor.

Philosophy 314 3 units (crs.)
Philosophy of History
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: Philosophy 109 or consent of instructor.

Philosophy 315 3 units (crs.)
Philosophy of Science
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.

Philosophy 316 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Cognitive Science
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. Prerequisite: Philosophy 109, Psychology 201 or consent of instructor.

Philosophy 319 3 units (crs.)
Theory of Knowledge
A study of recent and important theories of knowledge. Prerequisite: Philosophy 109 or consent of instructor.

Philosophy 325 3 units (crs.)
Social and Political Philosophy
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 of law, rights, and authority will be examined. Prerequisite: Philosophy 105.

Philosophy 327 3 units (crs.)
Philosophy of Mind
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: Philosophy 109.

Philosophy 329 3 units (crs.)
Contemporary Ethical Problems
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 Philosophy 105 at a more advanced level. Prerequisite: Philosophy 105.

Philosophy 330 3 units (crs.)
Business and Ethics
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.

Philosophy 331 3 units (crs.)
American Philosophy
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. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 331/531

Philosophy 345 3 units (crs.)
Philosophy of Law
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: Philosophy 105 or consent of instructor.

Philosophy 422 3 units (crs.)
Philosophy of Language
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. Prerequisite: Philosophy 101 and 109.

Philosophy 426 1-3 units (crs.)
Selected Topics in Philosophy
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.

Philosophy 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Philosophy 456 1-3 units (crs.)
Related Readings
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Philosophy 474 1-6 units (crs.)
Honors: Thesis
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. Prerequisite: University Honors status and junior standing. Maximum of 6
units (crs.).
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