An introduction to philosophy in which the various branches of philosophy are discussed, i.e., metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and moral and political philosophy.

Systematic study of main types of ethical theory such as hedonism, rationalism, utilitarianism, humanism and others. Emphasis on the relation of theory to actual conduct in personal and social life.

PHI 217. Bioethics (H) (3 sem. hrs).  Basic Issues in bioethics such as confidentiality, autonomy, informed consent, abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, assisted reproduction, genetic engineering, allocation of scarce medical resources, and justice in health care distribution.  Focuses on practical applications of ethical theory from the perspective of the health sciences practitioner.  (Fall)

PHI 218. Ethics in Professional Life (H [pending]) (3 sem. hrs.).  Analyzes ethical problems that arise in the context of the workplace. Considers the private and public sectors as well as not-for-profit organizations.  Perspectives of employees, managers, corporate boards, entrepreneurs (including shareholders), and consumers are treated.  Included are such topics as conflicts of interest, pollution and environmental hazards, gifts and kickbacks, invasion of privacy, whistle-blowing, intellectual property rights, the theory of the corporation and corporate responsibility, professional ethics codes, and private property and public interest. (Spring of even-odd years)

Study of basic issues in philosophy of religion, such as faith and reason, as seen from different viewpoints such as existentialism, naturalism, rationalism, and scholasticism.