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Moravian College

Spring 2020 Courses

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

Spring 2020 Schedule

Course Code Title Instructor Days Start Time End Time LinC
PHIL 120 A Introduction to Philosophy Niemoczynski MW 8:55 am 10:05 am M3
PHIL 120 B Introduction to Philosophy Niemoczynski MW 1:10 pm 2:20 pm M3
PHIL 130 A Hip Hop Music, Spoken Word & Philosophy Moeller MW 2:35 pm 3:45 pm  
PHIL 210 Advanced Logic Naraghi TR 1:10 pm 2:20 pm  
PHIL 241 A Ancient Philosophy Niemoczynski MW 1:10 pm 2:20 pm M3
PHIL 250 A Environmental Ethics Cantens MW 2:35 pm 3:45 pm U2
PHIL 253 A Philosophy of Religion Naraghi TR 11:45 am 12:55 pm U2
PHIL 256 A Continental Philosophy Niemoczynski MW 2:35 pm 3:45 pm M3
PHIL 281 OM Topics in Ethics: Race and Film Moeller Online     M3
PHIL 281 OL Topics in Ethics: Vittur Ethics/Nurs Cantens Online     M3
PHIL 293 A ST: Banning the Bomb Denton-Borhaug F 2:00 pm 4:00 pm  
PHIL 355 OL Meta-Ethics Cantens Online     M3

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

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

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 210: Advanced Logic: Sentential and Predicate Logic

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

PHIL 241 A: Ancient Philosophy

A critical examination of the history of Greek philosophy including the pre-Socratics, Thales, Anaxagoras, Parmenides, Heraclitus, Empedocles, Plato, and Aristotle. (M3) Niemoczynski.

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 253 A: Philosophy of Religion

A philosophical examination of nature of religion and beliefs concerned with the existence, nature, and knowledge of God, with alternative positions to theism. (U2) Fall, Alternate Year, Naraghi.

PHIL 256 A: Continental Philosophy

A historical and thematic approach to contemporary philosophy with an emphasis on introducing the student to the major moments and themes in Continental thought during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries until present. (M3) Niemoczynski.

PHIL 281 OM: Topics in Ethics: Race and Film 

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 281 OL: Topics in Ethics: Vittur Ethics/ Nurs

This course addresses a variety of topics that change by semester in the areas of normative ethics, applied ethics and meta-ethics. (M3) Cantens.

PHIL 293 A: ST: Banning the Bomb

Moravian college students will study the history and legacy of atomic weapons, and ideologies and cultural apparatus of support and resistance. They will meet periodically (through videoconferencing) with peers from Nagasaki University/RECNA who are engaged in the same study, with the goal of developing a joint conference presentation, as part of their co-attendance at the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, to take place in New York City beginning April 27, 2020. Costs to be determined by the time of Oct. registration. Interested students should email Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug with a brief paragraph regarding their background and interest. All students need the signature of the instructor to register for the course. This is an InFocus Town Hall course. This means that students will undertake an InFocus-related research project as part of their work in this class, and will attend the April 23 InFocus Town Hall from 6:00 -- 9:00 pm. Denton-Borhaug

PHIL 355 OL: Meta-Ethics

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