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Fall 2020 COURSES

The following courses are offered during the Fall 2020 semester.  Please view the Moravian College Course Catalog for a complete listing of the Philosophy Department course offerings.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Course Code Title Instructor Days Start Time End Time LinC
PHIL 110 A Introduction to Logic Cantens M, W 7:30 a.m. 8:40 a.m.   M3
PHIL 120 A Introduction to Philosophy Niemoczynski M, W 8:55 a.m.  10:05 a.m.  M3
PHIL 120 B Introduction to Philosophy Niemoczynski M, W 1:10 p.m. 2:20 p.m.  M3
PHIL 130 A Hip Hop Music, Spoken Word & Philosophy Moeller T, R 2:35 p.m. 3:45 p.m.  
PHIL 224 A  Applied Ethics Naraghi T, R 11:45 a.m. 12:55 p.m.  U2
PHIL 265 A Feminist Philosophy Moeller T, R 1:10 p.m. 2:20 p.m.  U2
PHIL 279 A  Philosophy of Law Naraghi T, R 1:10 p.m. 2:20 p.m.  U2
PHIL 281 OM Topics in Ethics: Race & Film Moeller Online      M3
PHIL 297 A ST: Philosophies of Art & Beauty Niemoczynski M, W 2:35 p.m. 3:45 p.m.  M6

100-Level Courses

PHIL 110 A: Introduction to Logic: Critical Thinking

An introduction of the basic concepts of logic, informal fallacies and categorical logic. (M3) Fall, Cantens.

PHIL 120 A & PHIL 120 B

Tasks and the subject matters of philosophy, including the major theories of reality, knowledge, religion, morality and social justice.  Attention to several classic philosophical texts as primary source readings. (M3) Fall, Spring, Winter, Cantens, Naraghi, Niemoczynski

PHIL 130 A: Hip Hop Music, Spoken Word & Philosophy

(Also Africana Studies 130 A) We will investigate how some Hip Hop music and Spoken Word works engage with classic Western philosophical themes and questions, including those of knowledge, metaphysics, ethics, love, and justice. How do some contribute to knowledge and some perpetuate injustice, sexism, and violence? How does Rakim relate to Augustine's arguments on God, Gil Scot-Heron to Kant on punishment, Lil' Kim to Sartre on 'the objectifying gaze'? Students will be required to attend two spoken word workshops or performances, and to view and listen to material outside of class. Moeller.

200-Level Courses

PHIL 224 A: Applied Ethics

Applied Ethics: The ethics of killing a study of the application of ethical theory to complex real and fictitious cases concerning contemporary moral issues such as euthanasia, abortion, capital punishment, animal rights, cloning, torture, same sex marriage, etc. (U2) Naraghi

PHIL 265 A: Feminist Philosophy

Feminist writings on questions such as: How do the legacies of gender inequality persist today? What would gender justice look like? Is there such a thing as a gender-neutral point of view? How do gender, race, class, and sexuality relate? Prerequisite: One prior course in philosophy or women's studies, or permission of instructor. (U2) Moeller.

PHIL 279 A: Philosophy of Law

Philosophy of law or jurisprudence is the application of the rational techniques of the discipline of a philosophy to the subject matter of law.  In this course, on one the one hand, students study the meaning of law, legal obligation, legal punishment, and so on.  (What is known as analytic jurisprudence.)  They also explore the relation between law and morality, or more specifically, they try to figure out whether legal institutions in general, or particular legal systems, or legal practices are morally acceptable, and if they are, how to make them so.  (What is known as normative jurisprudence.) (U2) Naraghi

PHIL 281 OM: Topics in Ethics: Race & Film

(Also Africana Studies 281 OM) Through film, reading, writing, and discussions, we will critically examine issues of race, with a primary focus upon African American and European American (White) representations and production in film in the latter Twentieth and early Twenty first centuries in the U.S. We will address classic philosophical questions including those of race, identity, knowledge, experience, justice, and reality in engagement with films. In particular we will focus on the notion that race is not a thing, an essence inhering in people’s bodies, but rather part of a complex of social and material practices, including what we do rather than what we are inherently. (M3) Moeller.

PHIL  297 A: ST: Philosophies of Art & Beauty

The course is a historical and contemporary introduction to the philosophy of beauty and art. Central questions include: What is the nature of beauty? What is art? Are there objective aesthetic values? Are there objective criteria for the evaluation of art? Are there objective interpretations of art? How might I more generally appreciate art and live a more "artful" life? (M6), Niemoczynski.