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2002 - 2003 Philosophy

Chair: Chenyang Li
Language and Literature Building 337


Peter M. Burkholder, Ethics, Epistemology, Modern Philosophy
Comparative Religion, Comparative Philosophy
Webster F. Hood, Existentialism, Applied Logic, Philosophy of Technology
Chenyang Li, Asian Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Ethics, and Philosophy of Language

Assistant Professors:
Jeffrey Dippmann, Asian Religion and Philosophy, World Religions, Buddhist and Taoist Philosophy, and Comparative Heresiology
Heidi M. Szpek, Hebrew Bible, Western Religious Traditions, World Religions, Ancient Studies and the Bible.

Emeritus Professors:
Jay E. Bachrach, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Science, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Raeburne S. Heimbeck, Asian Philosophy and Religion,
Chester Z. Keller, Philosophy of Ecology, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Education, Mysticism

General Departmental Information

The original meaning of the word philosophy is "the love of wisdom." As such it represents not a body of doctrines to be learned but an ongoing process of critical and speculative inquiry into questions which represent people's deepest concerns, such as the meaning of human existence, the nature of reality, the justifications of human knowledge, and the search for the grounds of human conduct.

The Department of Philosophy has three main objectives. 1. To acquaint general education students with the basic questions which have concerned philosophers over the past 2,500 years and to give them some skills and methods for developing their own answers to these questions. 2. To offer service courses for students in other disciplines such as the social sciences, history, speech, science, etc. 3. To teach students who have elected Philosophy as their major.

Students majoring in Philosophy, or in the Philosophy Religious Studies specialization, must complete an end-of-major assessment. They should consult their major advisor about this assessment at least three quarters before finishing their work for the major.

Bachelor of Arts

Philosophy Major 45-59 credits (6045)

60 credits (6050)

Students may choose either a 45-59 credit major (6045) or a 60 credit major (6050). In order to graduate, a student who completes the 45-59 credit major must also have a minor or second major in another discipline. A student who completes the 60 credit major is not required to have a minor or second major.

Required Courses                       Credits

*PHIL 201, Introduction to Logic                     5
PHIL 302, Ethics                                     5
PHIL 352, Western Philosophy I                       5
PHIL 353, Western Philosophy II                      5
PHIL 354, Western Philosophy III                     5
PHIL 355, Contemporary Thought                       5
PHIL 489.1, Undergraduate Thesis Preparation         2
PHIL 489.2, Undergraduate Thesis                     3
PHIL 499, Seminar                                    5
Philosophy electives                              5-20
   45-59 credit major (5-19 credits)
   60 credit major (20 credits)
     Select from all other PHIL courses

                                       Total     45-60

*If a student uses PHIL 201, Introduction to Logic, to satisfy the basic requirement for general education, he/she may not include it in the Philosophy major. He/she should substitute an additional five credit elective for it.