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Spring 2019 Courses

The following courses are offered during the Spring 2019 semester.  Please view the Moravian College Course Catalog for a complete listing of the Philosophy Department course offerings.

Spring 2019 Schedule

Course Code Title Instructor Days Start Time End Time LinC
PHIL 120 A Introduction to Logic Niemoczynski MW 10:20 am 11:30 am M3
PHIL 210 Advanced Logic Cantens MW 10:20 am 11:30 am  
PHIL 224 PM Applied Ethics Naraghi W 6:00 pm 9:00 pm U2
PHIL 247 A WI: Phil 19th, 20th Century Moeller TR 2:35 pm 3:45 pm M3
PHIL 249 A American Pragmatism Cantens MW 1:10 pm 2:20 pm M3
PHIL 250 A Environmental Ethics Niemoczynski MW 2:35 pm 3:45 pm U2
PHIL 252 A Philosophy of Technology Falla MWF 7:50 am 8:40 am U1
PHIL 255 Social and Political Philosophy Moeller TR 10:20 am 11:30 am U2
PHIL 261 A Islamic Philosophy, Theology, and Mysticism Naraghi TR 11:45 am  12:55 pm M5
PHIL 292 A ST: Continental Philosophy Niemoczynski M, W 1:10 pm 2:20 pm M3
PHIL 299 A ST: Ethics in Asian Cultures Cheung MW 2:35 pm 3:45 pm U2
PHIL 351 Epistemology Naraghi TR 1:10 pm 2:20 pm M6
PHIL 355 OL Meta-Ethics Cantens On Line    
PHIL 401 Honors Project Staff By Arrangement  

100-Level Courses

PHIL 120 A: Introduction to Philosophy

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, Staff

200-Level Courses

PHIL 210: Advanced Logic: Sentential and Predicate Logic

A study of advanced topics in logic, including propositional and predicate logic. Spring, Cantens and Naraghi.

PHIL 224 PM: Applied Ethics

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) Spring, Naraghi. 

PHIL 247 A: WI: Phil 19th, 20th Century

A study of trends in recent Philosophy inaugurated by Nietzsche, Marx and Kierkegaard on the one hand, and by Mill, Russell and Ayer on the other. It continues through the present times the manifestations of these trends in contemporary phenomenology and contemporary analytic philosophy.  In a given semester the course will have an emphasis on either Continental or British-American traditions in current philosophy.  (Writing Intensive) (M3) Spring, Alternate Year, Moeller

PHIL 249 A: American Pragmatism

A study of classical American Philosophy with emphasis on the works of Charles S. Peirce, William James, and John Dewey. (M3) Cantens.

PHIL 250 A: Environmental Ethics

This course examines contemporary environmental ethical issues that arise in understanding humanity's complex relationship with the natural world.  The course will explore environmental ethics from a wide range of philosophical and theological methods and perspectives. (U2) Spring, Cantens and Staff

PHIL 252 A: Philosophy of Technology

An examination of how technology shapes our understanding of ourselves and our world as well as the moral dilemmas that it presents for us. (U1) Staff. 

PHIL 255: Social and Political Philosophy

An examination of central issues in social political thought such as: What is justice? How can considerations of justice negotiate our great differences of culture, identity, and circumstance? How are non-Western and Western approaches to philosophy to engage productively, across such historical legacies as imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism? (U2) Spring, Alternate Year, Moeller

PHIL 261 A: Islamic Philosophy, Theology, and Mysticism (Also Religion 261)

An exploration of key notions and figures in Islamic philosophy, theology, and mysticism.  Some issues imbedded in the enormous body of scholarship in Muslim intellectual heritage are employed to examine current global issues such as the struggle for justice and peace and the fight against violence and absolutism. Special attention is given to the structure of being, the notion of the truth, and the way to attain the truth in the three systems. (M5) Spring, Alternate Year, Naraghi. 

PHIL 292 A: ST: Continental Philosophy

"A  thematic and developmental approach to contemporary Continental thought with an emphasis on introducing the student to phenomenology, hermeneutics, structuralism and poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and speculative realism.  We begin with Kant and Hegel but keep our main focus on 20th century figures including Heidegger, Sartre, Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuze, while moving into the 21st century to cover Badiou, Meillassoux, Brassier, Malabou, and Laruelle.  We will trace how these philosophers formulate questions about reality, truth & knowledge, and values." (M3) Spring, Niemoczynski.

PHIL 299 A: ST: Ethics in Asian Cultures

Ethical discourse from Asia does not neatly fit into the major western categories of consequentialism (utilitarianism), rule-based deontology, or virtue ethics.  There is lively debate on how to classify Confucian ethics and Buddhist ethics.  This course explores this classification problem and then examines how Confucians and Buddhist insights can help illuminate two contemporary issues: 1) lies, "alternative facts", and theories of truth; and 2) the ethics of artificial intelligence. (U2) Spring, Cheung

300-Level Courses

PHIL 351: Epistemology

Philosophical inquiry into the nature of knowledge, kinds of experience belief and truth, justification and verification.  (M6) NaraghiPrerequisites: PHIL 120 Introduction to Philosophy or consent of instructor.

PHIL 355 OL: Meta-Ethics

A study of the fundamental concepts of morality from metaphysical, epistemological, semantic, and psychological perspectives. Cantens. Prerequisites: PHIL 222 or PHIL 224 or permission of the instructor. Spring, Alternative Years. 

400-Level Courses

PHIL 401: Honors Project

Doing honors in philosophy is a wonderful way to take control of your education and give your own ideas the depth of attention they deserve.  Students majoring and minoring in philosophy may choose to do an honors project in the department.  (Please see the Honors web site for details on eligibility and procedures.  But please note: Applications for Honors are due spring of the junior year!) Honors students earn credit for two philosophy courses, and pursue a topic of their own choosing, working independently with a faculty member from the department for their entire senior year. The two-semester research project culminates in the writing of an honors thesis.