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Fall 2017

PHIL 3304 (WIN)- Contemporary Moral Issues

Three semester hours.

This course focuses on performing a philosophical examination of selected moral problems arising out of contemporary society. Some of the moral problems to be explored are: abortion, euthanasia, poverty and exploitation, drugs, war, climate, human cloning, and other biomedical issues.  As a Writing Intensive Course, this course is designed to prepare students in effectively researching and writing about such sensitive or controversial topics in an informed and insightfully convincing manner, while also recognizing what makes for credible sources within a world of "fake news".  

PHIL 3321 (WIN)- Philosophy of Religion: Polytheism, Pantheism, and Nihilism

Three semester hours.

This course is an introduction to the academic study of religion.  This semester, the course will focus on religions of the "East" by looking at the religious texts, theologies, and philosophical systems of Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Shinto.  In particular, we will look at the collapse of distinctions between polytheistic, pantheistic, and nihilistic schools within these religious systems of thought, why these distinctions arose in the first place, and what philosophical and existential consequences arise from such distinctions.  Further, as a Writing Intensive Course, this course will work towards preparing students to write effectively and respectfully about religious topics and themes.