Philosophy Course Descriptions
100: Introductory Philosophy Seminar (0)
This course will be an elective. This course is a general introduction to the study of philosophy. It introduces newly declared philosophy majors to the program, courses, and the faculty in the philosophy department at Coastal Carolina.
101: Introduction to Philosophy (3)
This course is an introduction to the most central problems of philosophy. Topics include logic, God, mind, justice, personal identity, freedom and determinism, knowledge, skepticism, morality and responsibility. The course provides an introduction to argumentation, critical thinking conceptual analysis, and problem solving skills.
102: Introduction to Ethics (3)
This course introduces students to the three main areas of philosophical ethics, metaethics, normative ethics and applied ethics. Students will explore metaethical issues such as ethical subjectivism and objectivism, moral skepticism, free will and responsibility, major normative theories such as consequentialism and deontologism; and applied ethical issues such as animal rights, war, and cloning. The overarching goal will be for students to develop the skills necessary for thinking, writing, and speaking about ethical theories and problems while acquiring a basic understanding of these theories and problems.
110: Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking (3)
This course provides an introduction to the essential elements in critical thinking, including the role of arguments and definitions, recognition of linguistic fallacies, and syllogistic and propositional techniques of deductive inferences. Extensive practical application will be examined, including specific examples for professional and graduate school admissions tests.
214: Philosophy of Sex and Love (3)
This course explores and critically examines various philosophical and scientific theories concerning the nature of love and sexuality which have been important in the Western world. Plato's "Symposium," Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" and Freud's "Three Essays on Sexuality" may be considered. Course topics will include philosophical and theological conceptions of sex and love and ethical issues related to these topics, including monogamy, same-sex marriage, pornography, and adultery.
271: Philosophical Writing (3) (Prereq: ENGL 101 and C or better in any other PHIL course, or permission of the instructor)
A first course in philosophical methods, the aim of this course is to introduce students to the skills necessary to communicate in philosophy. The course will focus on techniques of active reading; summarizing arguments both in writing and orally; preparing abstracts, summaries, and responses to readings; writing argumentative and critical essays; presenting philosophical arguments, positions, problems and papers; thinking critically and creatively about philosophical problems, formulating original philosophical responses to problems, and using appropriate reference materials and methods. Classroom time will be organized around small and large group discussion, peer review sessions, and minimal lecture. The content employed to convey these essentials of philosophical discourse will vary by instructor.
The Following Courses Require Sophomore Standing or Above, or Permission of the Instructor.
300: Ancient Philosophy (3) (Classical Studies 300)
This course is a survey of the history of ancient Greek philosophy from the Milesians through Aristotle. It traces the development of philosophical themes among the Pre-Socratics and proceeds to their development in the works of Plato and Aristotle. The emphasis throughout will be on understanding, analyzing, and evaluating the arguments of the philosophers.
301: Modern Philosophy (3)
This course is a survey of Western philosophical thought from the early Renaissance through Hume. The chief emphasis is on the 17th and 18th century including Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley and Hume. This course may be taken prior to Philosophy 300.
302: 18th and 19th Century Philosophy (3) (Prereq: PHIL 101 and one philosophy course on the 300 level, or permission of the instructor)
This course centers upon philosophical developments after the Enlightenment period. The critical philosophy of Immanuel Kant (especially his The Critique of Pure Reason), the dialectical thought of G.W.F. Hegel and his anti-systemic critics are the focus of the course.
305: Contemporary Moral Issues (3)
This is a course in the application of ethical theory through the examination of moral issues confronting people in contemporary society. Topics vary but may include discussion of ethical problems related to abortion, drug use and laws, euthanasia, war and terrorism, homosexuality, violence, animal rights, the environment, and punishment.
306: 20th Century Analytic Philosophy (3)
This course is a survey of the development of analytic philosophy in the twentieth century, with emphasis on both the works of prominent analytic philosophers and the methods now typical of contemporary analytic philosophy. The works of Frege, Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein, Ayer, Quine, and Kripke may be considered. Topics may include the role of analysis and common sense in philosophy, theories of linguistic meaning, the relation language has with the world, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the nature of necessity and possibility.
309: Philosophy of Mind (3) (Prereq: PHIL 101 or permission of the instructor)
This course is an introduction to the fundamental questions, concepts and problems of contemporary philosophy of mind including those concerning the nature of mind, the relationship between mind and world, and understanding consciousness. Readings from Ryle, Armstrong, Lewis, Block, Churchland, Dennett, Jackson, Shoemaker, Tye, Dretske, et al.
310: Philosophical Themes in Literature (3)
Selected philosophical problems as they are presented in imaginative and theoretical literature. Works of fiction and philosophical treatments of issues involved in them are read and discussed.
311: Ethical Theory (3) (Prereq: PHIL 101 or 102 or permission of the instructor)
A study of moral principles and the basic concepts underlying these principles, such as good, evil, right, wrong, justice, value, duty, and obligation. Using the original source readings from both classical and contemporary moral philosophy, this course develops an understanding of the philosophical foundations of various ethical theories.
314: Social and Political Philosophy (3)
An examination of modern political philosophers, their responses to political, social, economic and legal concepts and issues concerning liberties and rights in the authority-individual relationship.
315: Technology and Human Values (3) (Prereq: 3 hours in PHIL or permission of the instructor)
Technology has come to play an increasingly dominant role in human life. This course analyzes modern technology from several perspectives including: the ethical implications of employing information systems, the neutrality or non-neutrality of technology, the individual, social, and cultural impact of technology transfer, and the impact of technology upon the environment. The works of both critics and proponents of technology are explored.
316: Crime and Justice (3)
The fundamental concepts of a criminal justice system, and their philosophical bases. Rights, privacy, responsibility, and the problem of justification of state control of private behavior through punishment and theory.
317: Bio-Medical Ethics (3)
Ethical problems in medicine and biological research and the application of ethical principles to real-life situations involving patient autonomy, health care professionals, the beginning of life, the end of life, and human genetic experimentation.
319: Environmental Ethics (3)
Ethical problems concerning the environment and the application of ethical principles to real-life situations involving development vs. preservation, humans and nature, animals, bio-diversity, bio- and eco-centrism, deep ecology, and social and public policy.
320: Existentialism (3)
An introduction to existential themes in contemporary philosophy, literature, psychology and religion. The writings of existentialists such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus, Sartre, Buber, May and Binswanger will be read and discussed.
321: Symbolic Logic (3) (Prereq: PHIL 110 or permission of the instructor)
This course explains the development, application, and theoretical properties of an artificial symbolic language designed to provide a clear representation of the logical structure of deductive arguments. The course might also explore first order calculus with identity and function symbols and some metatheorems about consistency, soundness, completeness and compactness.
322: Philosophical Issues in Feminism (3)
This course explores and critically examines philosophical topics in feminist thought, with a particular emphasis on one or more of the following: feminist ethics, feminist epistemology, feminist political philosophy, and feminist philosophy of science. Issues may include the nature of feminist theorizing and varieties of feminist theories; feminist perspectives on the self and the social world; moral agency, knowledge, and reason, the family, motherhood, and sexuality; liberty, justice, and the state.
323: Philosophy of Law (3)
This course is an introduction to philosophical problems in the law. Topics may include the nature of law (including legal positivism, natural law theory, and legal realism), the relationship between law and morality, the aims and limits of law, judicial reasoning, and issues in constitutional law, criminal law, and tort law. Readings include Supreme Court cases, as well as a variety of classical and contemporary texts.
325: Philosophy of Religion (3)
This course focuses on some central questions in philosophy of religion. Is religious faith rational? Can God's existence be proven? Can religious experience provide knowledge? Is there life after death? This course subjects the claims of religious faith to rational scrutiny and critical evaluation.
340: Philosophy of Science (3) (Prereq: PHIL 101 or permission of the instructor)
A critical examination of methods and concepts of the sciences. Topics include scientific revolutions, the unity of science, experimentation, explanation, and evidence.
398: Special Topics (3) (Prereq: permission of the instructor)
This course is designed as a seminar that will focus on a broad ranging philosophical topic that involves other disciplines as well as philosophy.
399H: Interdisciplinary Independent Study (3-9)
Directed independent study at the honors level in two or more departments. For more information, see the Non-Traditional Course Work in the Academic Regulations section in this Catalog. May be repeated for credit under different topics.
407: Medieval Philosophy (3) (Prereq: Philosophy 101 or permission of the instructor)
This course is a survey of Western philosophical thought during the Middle Ages, roughly from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance. Topics may include the question of the nature and existence of God, whether humans are free, the nature of time and whether the world is eternal, identity and difference, necessity and possibility, medieval logic, and skepticism about philosophical and scientific knowledge. Significant figures discussed may include Augustine, Boethius, Avicenna, Abelard, Anselm, Averroes, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and Ockham, as well as the classical background from Aristotle and Plato.
419: Epistemology (3) (Prereq: PHIL 101 and one philosophy course on the 300 level, or permission of the instructor)
This course is an introduction to the problems and methods of modern epistemology. It explores central questions such as "What is it to know something?" and "What is it about some beliefs that make them more highly justified than others?" The central focus of the course is the study of the relationship between justification and knowledge. It pays careful attention to the skeptic who claims that no one ever knows anything and that no one is ever justified in believing anything.
420: Metaphysics (3) (Prereq: PHIL 101 and one philosophy course on the 300 level or permission of the instructor)
This course focuses on issues that center around such notions as substance, causality, essential properties, individuation, time, possible but nonactual states of affairs, and identity. Among the questions considered are: "Do any of the things there are endure through time?" "How should we understand possible but nonactual states of affairs?" "Are subjects of consciousness just complexes of subatomic particles?" "Are material objects like tables and chairs ultimately made up of things that have no parts?"
490: Capstone Seminar (3) (Prereq: PHIL 311)
This seminar engages philosophy majors in advanced research and discussion involving ethical theories, their philosophical foundations, and their application. Based upon the philosophy major's choice, the seminar will result in a written product either suited for submission to a scholarly journal or as a comprehensive final report for an applied ethics project.
495: Internship for Philosophy (3)
Students will receive instruction and gain professional experience in an internship while working 10 hours per week for 12 weeks with a local business. Course contract must be approved prior to registration.