Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)

Department of Philosophy

College of Arts and Sciences

Chair: Russell M. Dancy;
Professors: Beard, Dancy, Gruender, Hodges, Mabe;
Associate Professors: Dalton, Morales;
Assistant Professors: Jung, Matthews, Nelkin, Rickless;
Courtesy Professor: Levitz

The undergraduate program in philosophy is designed to enable students to gain an understanding of the substantive issues philosophers have struggled with through the ages. Students majoring in philosophy can expect to develop their abilities to engage in critical examination and evaluation. Such skills have proven to be of great value in almost any type of human endeavor. The program serves as a basis for professional training in other fields, such as law, education, politics, journalism, or theology; or as foundation for future professional training in philosophy. The department offers degrees at all levels.

The department participates in the honors program, as well as the undergraduate programs in the following departments or programs: American Studies, Humanities, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Political Science, International Affairs, and Religion. In addition, it offers more than ten courses in the University’s Liberal Studies Program (see listing under Liberal Studies Program, Area IV in the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section of this General Bulletin).

Students have considerable latitude to design the content of a major that meets their needs and interests. For example, a student might focus primarily on ethics; on social and political philosophy; on logic and philosophy of science; on the history of philosophy or some distinct period such as ancient, modern, or contemporary; on epistemology; or on cognitive studies. Many students will find it possible to combine a major in philosophy with a major in another discipline. The department welcomes such arrangements.

The departments distinguished faculty is actively engaged in teaching, research, writing, publishing, and editing. Students majoring in philosophy can be assured that not only will they receive an excellent education in the history of philosophy but they will also have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the latest developments in the discipline. The journal Social Theory and Practice is edited and published by the department.

The department offers regular colloquia in which local faculty, graduate students, and guests from other universities present papers and lead discussions on philosophical topics. In addition, the department regularly sponsors conferences; topics have included biomedical ethics, moral education, philosophy of language, Wittgenstein, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, ethical theory, history and philosophy of science in science teaching, human rights, and Kantian themes in ethics.

The department offers monthly gatherings for undergraduate majors and prospective majors. These gatherings sometimes focus around talks dealing with either philosophical issues or concerns for majors; other gatherings simply allow majors to get to know each other and members of the faculty.

Requirements for a Major in Philosophy

Please review all college-wide degree requirements summarized in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this General Bulletin.

Thirty (30) semester hours in philosophy are required for the major, including the following:

1) Logic (3 semester hours)

PHI 3130 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3)

2) History of Philosophy(6 semester hours)

Ancient Philosophy one of:

PHH 3130 Plato and His Predecessors (3)
PHH 3140 Aristotle to Augustine (3)


Modern Philosophy

PHH 3400 Modern Philosophy (3)

3) Ethics (3 semester hours)

PHI 3670 Ethical Theory (3)

4) Contemporary Metaphysics and Epistemology (3 semester hours). One of:

PHI 3220 Introduction to Philosophy of Language (3)
PHI 3300 Knowledge and Belief (3)
PHI 3320 Philosophy of Mind (3)
PHI 4500 Metaphysics (3)
PHH 4600r Contemporary Philosophy (3)

5) Seminar for Majors, to be taken in the junior or senior year (3 semester hours)

PHI 4938r Seminar for Majors (3)

Additional requirements: At least twenty-one (21) semester hours in the major must be at the 3000 level or above; at least fifteen (15) semester hours must be completed in the philosophy department at Florida State University; and completion of a minor.

Grades below "C-" will not be accepted for major or minor credit.

Requirements for a Minor in Philosophy

Twelve (12) semester hours in philosophy are required for the minor, including:

1) Logic (3 semester hours). One of:

PHI 2100 Reasoning and Critical Thinking (3)
PHI 3130 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3)

2) History (3 semester hours). One of:

PHH 3130 Plato and His Predecessors (3)
PHH 3140 Aristotle to Augustine (3)
PHH 3061 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (3)
PHH 3400 Modern Philosophy (3)
PHH 3500 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (3)

At least six (6) semester hours must be at the 3000 level or above. Students must receive a "C-" or better in all courses that count toward the minor.

Minor in Political Philosophy

Twelve (12) semester hours in philosophy are required for the minor, including:

1) Logic (3 semester hours). One of:

PHI 2100 Reasoning and Critical Thinking (3)
PHI 3130 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3)

2) Nine (9) semester hours from:

PHM 2300 Introduction to Political Philosophy (3)
PHM 3123 Philosophy of Feminism (3)
PHM 3331r Modern Political Thought (3)
PHM 3350 Introduction to Marxist Philosophy (3)
PHM 3400 Philosophy of Law (3)
PHM 4340r Contemporary Political Thought (3)

Students must receive a "C-" or better in all courses that count toward the minor.

Honors in the Major

Honors work in the major is offered to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent and original research. Successful completion of honors work results in honors credits and graduation with distinction. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

Definition of Prefixes

PHH Philosophy: History
PHI Philosophy
PHM Social and Political Philosophy
PHP Philosophers and Schools

Undergraduate Courses

PHI 2010. Introduction to Philosophy (3). An introduction to some of the central problems in philosophy. Students will also learn how to construct and criticize arguments, and develop their own philosophical positions.
PHI 2100. Reasoning and Critical Thinking (3). An introductory logic course intended to provide students with an understanding of and practice in using reasoning to support conclusions and decisions. The course emphasizes acquisition of the skills necessary to draft clear, persuasive arguments and is particularly useful for those planning further studies in fields such as Law or Business.
PHI 2630. Ethical Issues and Life Choices (3). A course that will draw on ethical theories to explore the major ethical issues that one faces as one makes decisions about the kinds of activities to engage in and the kind of life to lead. Issues such as those involving life and death (e.g., abortion, euthanasia, animal rights) and social justice (e.g., discrimination, responsibility to future generations) will be examined.
PHI 2634. Biomedical Ethics (3). A study of the controversial ethical issues that arise within the practice of medicine and within biomedical research. Case studies and thought experiments will be used to explore the moral and professional responsibilities of those working in the medical profession.
PHI 2642. Environmental Ethics (3). An examination of environmental issues past and present, and how they have made an impact upon contemporary society. Also analyzes the historical development of environmental perspectives and the ethical theories that have been generated by these approaches.
PHI 3130. Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3). An examination of the fundamentals of modern symbolic logic (propositional and predicate calculi), with special attention to the evaluation of symbolized arguments using the techniques of natural deduction. Topics include validity, soundness, proof, symbolization, truth-tables, truth-trees, and truth-functional and quantificational inference.
PHI 3220. Introduction to Philosophy of Language (3). An exploration of major philosophical contributions to the understanding of language and its functions in communication. Discussion of the concepts of meaning, truth, reference, understanding, and interpretation. Readings include classics of 20th century philosophy.
PHI 3300. Knowledge and Belief (3). A critical analysis of contemporary theories about the fundamentals of human knowledge: what ought to count as knowledge; how we get it; the roles of certainty, doubt, and skepticism; and the means by which we might maximize it.
PHI 3320. Philosophy of Mind (3). Analysis of central issues in the philosophy of mind. Topics may include: the mind-body problem, the unity of the mind, the nature of consciousness, artificial intelligence, and free will.
PHI 3400. History and Philosophy of Science (3). A close look at some of the crucial philosophical problems of the sciences as they have developed throughout history, from Aristotle through Galileo, Pasteur, and Einstein, including what methods count as scientific, along with a consideration of how science has changed the world and the role of values.
PHI 3420. Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3). A study of the special methodological and value problems that arise when human beings engage in the scientific study of themselves as groups and individuals.
PHI 3641. Business Ethics (3). An identification and a discussion of defensible solutions for moral and ethical problems as they arise in the conduct of business and economic transactions. International business settings and the ethical problems arising from the need to design products and services that appeal to diverse national and world populations are considered.
PHI 3670. Ethical Theory (3). A study of the nature of morality and moral reasoning through critical analyses of the writings of classical and contemporary ethical theorists directed to answering the questions, What is good? and What ought I to do?
PHI 3700. Philosophy of Religion (3). Analysis of major issues in philosophy of religion. Topics may include the rationality of religious belief, faith, religious experience, religious language, evil, the relation between religion and morality. Also offered by the Department of Religion.
PHI 3800. Philosophy of the Arts (3). An introduction to central issues in philosophy of the arts and aesthetics. Topics may include the nature of beauty, the nature of art, realism in painting, interpretation in literature, the nature of dance, and expressiveness in music. Readings include both historical and contemporary sources.
PHI 3880. Philosophy of Music (3). An introduction to the contemporary literature regarding the philosophy of music. Questions posed include: What is music? Does music express emotions? How is music to be evaluated? How does one understand music? Why can cross-cultural understanding of music be difficult? What constitutes an authentic performance?
PHI 3882. Philosophy in Literature (3). An exploration of how metaphysical and moral ideas function within the structure of selected novels and plays.
PHI 3930r. Selected Topics (1-3). (S/U grade only.) May be repeated to a maximum of three (3) semester hours.
PHI 4134. Modern Logic I (3). Prerequisite: PHI 3130, equivalent, or permission of instructor. An intermediate course in modern symbolic logic, with special attention to the semantic evaluation of symbolized arguments. Topics include schemata and interpretation, models, satisfiability, normal forms, expressive completeness, proof procedures, metalogical laws, soundness and completeness theorems.
PHI 4137. Modern Logic II (3). Prerequisite: PHI 4134. An advanced course in modern symbolic logic. Topics discussed include the compactness theorem, the logic of identity, names and descriptions, second-order logic, type theory, the ancestral, the Frege-Russell definition of natural number, and Gdels incompleteness results.
PHI 4500. Metaphysics (3). Critical consideration of recent philosophical work from a variety of points of view on the question of what exists, for example: matter, mind, time, space, universal properties, causes, and essences.
PHI 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). May be repeated for a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
PHI 4912r. Honors Work (3). May be repeated for a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.
PHI 4930r. Philosophical Problems (3). An examination of selected philosophical problems from an advanced point of view. May be repeated for a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.
PHI 4938r. Seminar for Majors (3). Variable-content seminar for majors to do in-depth work in selected philosophical topics/areas and to practice writing a substantive philosophical paper. Repeatable once with permission of instructor to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
PHI 4999r. Tutorial in Philosophy (1-3). Critical readings and discussions of important classical and contemporary philosophical texts. Variable content. Variable credit: one to two (12) semester hours for a reading course; two to three (23) semester hours for a reading course with substantial writing. Repeatable with permission of instructor to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.

History of Philosophy

PHH 3061. Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (3). A survey of Western philosophy from the third to the 16th century, beginning with the work of Christian, Jewish, and Arabic philosophers, and then turning to the rise of humanism, individualism, and science.
PHH 3130. Plato and His Predecessors (3). Ancient Greek philosophy from its beginnings to the work of one of its greatest practitioners. Questions posed include: What is there? What can I know about it? What should I do?
PHH 3140. Aristotle to Augustine (3). Philosophy from the Master of Those Who Knew (Aristotle) through to the end of the ancient world and the dominance of Christianity. Topics include: the structure of the World-Order, God, Mans place.
PHH 3400. Modern Philosophy (3). A critical study of the theories of 17th- and 18th-century Western philosophers through a careful examination of representative texts from both the empiricist and rationalist traditions.
PHH 3500. 19th-Century Philosophy (3). An exploration of the diverse styles, ideas, and systems of such philosophers as Hegel, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Marx, Mill, Bradley, and Nietzsche.
PHH 3700r. American Philosophy (3). An examination of major trends in American philosophy from Jonathan Edwards through 19th- and 20th-century American idealism and the pragmatic movement with emphasis on Peirce, James, and Dewey. May be repeated once with the permission of the instructor.
PHH 4600r. Contemporary Philosophy (3). The main recent philosophical movements are surveyed through selected central representatives. Those considered may include Frege and his background, Russell and Moore, early Wittgenstein, logical positivists and their successors, Husserl and his phenomenology, Heidegger, Sartre, later Wittgenstein and his successors. May be repeated for a maximum of nine (9) semester hours with permission of instructor.

Social and Political Philosophy

PHM 2300. Introduction to Political Philosophy (3). An introduction to the main issues in political philosophy: the justification of political authority, role of law, political obligation, neocolonialism, disobedience, revolution, rights, the appropriate ends of government, patterns of distribution and justice. Multicultural x course.
PHM 3123. Philosophy of Feminism (3). A comprehensive survey of the most important schools of thought and issues in feminist philosophy, with emphasis on feminist politics and ethics. Liberal, socialist, Marxist, and radical feminism and their differing views about equality and subjection are discussed. Criticisms of now traditional theories from women of color and of difference theorists are analyzed. Also considered are problems of particular concern to feminists: the family, sexuality, occupational freedom, harassment, rape, pornography, and domestic violence. Multicultural y course.
PHM 3331r. Modern Political Thought (3). Major political ideas of the modern world emphasized through a study of selected political theorists such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Burke, Hegel, Marx, Engels, Bentham, Mill, Jefferson, Madison, Lenin, and Mussolini. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours. Also offered by the Department of Political Science.
PHM 3350. Introduction to Marxist Philosophy (3). A critical overview of the premises and theses of Marxism concerning the understanding of history, economic realities, political struggles, and ideologies as found in the principle works of its founders.
PHM 3400. Philosophy of Law (3). A comprehensive survey of the most important schools of thought, traditional problems, and current issues in Anglo-American philosophy of law. Chief theories discussed are natural law, positivism, realism (including the law and economics movement), and critical legal studies (including race and gender theory). Also explored are different views about the interpretation of law and the role of the judiciary in American politics. Includes analysis of legal cases and consideration of issues such as justice, equality, liberty, privacy, and punishment.
PHM 3500. Philosophy of History (3). An exploration of the speculative philosophies of history together with current analytic and methodological attempts to understand history as a cognitive discipline.
PHM 4340r. Contemporary Political Thought (3). An exploration of a set of issues, a trend, or a school of thought in contemporary political philosophy. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours. Also offered by the Department of Political Science.

Philosophers and Schools

PHP 3786r. Existentialism (3). An introduction to existential philosophy through detailed and critical analysis of selected major works in the field with special attention to Heidegger and/or Sartre. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.
PHP 4930r. Studies in Major Philosophers (3). A detailed study of a major philosopher (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Kant, etc.) or school of philosophy (e.g., the Stoics, the Marxists). May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

Graduate Courses

PHH 5066r. Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (3).
PHH 5105r. Greek Philosophy (3).
PHH 5405r. Modern Philosophy (3).
PHH 5505r. 19th-Century Philosophy (3).
PHH 5609r. Contemporary Philosophy (3).
PHH 6009r. Studies in the History of Philosophy (3).
PHI 5135. Modern Logic I (3).
PHI 5136. Modern Logic II (3).
PHI 5908r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). (S/U grade only.)
PHI 5913r. Supervised Research (1-5). (S/U grade only.)
PHI 5934r. Topics in Philosophy (3).
PHI 5945r. Supervised Teaching (1-5). (S/U grade only.)
PHI 5955r. Seminar in Advanced Philosophical Writing (1). (S/U grade only.)
PHI 5956. Introduction to Philosophical Methods (3).
PHI 5971r. Thesis (1-6). (S/U grade only.)
PHI 5998r. Tutorial in Philosophy (1-3).
PHI 6205r. Philosophical Logic (3).
PHI 6225r. Philosophy of Language (3).
PHI 6306r. Epistemology (3).
PHI 6325r. Philosophy of Mind (3).
PHI 6406r. Philosophy of Science (3).
PHI 6425r. Philosophy of Social Sciences (3).
PHI 6505r. Metaphysics (3).
PHI 6607r. Ethics (3).
PHI 6805r. Aesthetics (3).
PHI 6806r. Philosophy of the Arts (3).
PHI 6935r. Seminar in Philosophical Topics (3).
PHI 6960r. Preliminary Examination Preparation (3). (S/U grade only).
PHI 6980r. Dissertation (1-12). (S/U grade only).
PHM 6205r. Social and Political Philosophy (3).
PHM 6505r. Philosophy of History (3).

For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and masters and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.

PHILOSOPHY: see also Religion