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Philosophy Courses

This is a listing of Philosophy (PHIL) classes available at Bethany. These courses are included in the requirements for the Philosophy Minor and other programs. Not all courses are available every semester. Please contact the registrar with any questions.

There are 6 courses in this subject. View other subjects or view all courses.

CodeCourse Title / Description
PHIL201Logic and Critical Thinking 3 credits
This course focuses on the construction and evaluation of logical arguments, with applications to civic awareness and involvement. Attention is devoted to formal logical analysis, including syllogisms and basic symbolic logic, as well as effective written communication.
PHIL202Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits
This course introduces the basic methods of philosophy by studying the traditional problems of philosophy. Emphasis is placed on developing skills of reading and analyzing philosophical writing, and executing analytic critiques of basic philosophy texts.
PHIL204Ethics 3 credits
Through exposure to Western moral philosophies from antiquity through the postmodern era, students explore the foundations of ethical standards and judgments. These perspectives are then applied to the analysis of contemporary moral debates and ethical case studies.
PHIL330History of Western Philosophy I 3 credits
A survey of the development of philosophy, beginning with the Pre-socratic philosophers through Thomas Aquinas. Major emphasis is on Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas.
PHIL331History of Western Philosophy II 3 credits
A survey of the development of modern philosophy, extending from Nominalism to the present. Special emphasis is placed on the development of rationalism and empiricism, with readings focusing on Descartes, Hume, and Kant.
PHIL450Philosophical Readings 3 credits
This course will function as a philosophy reading course focusing on the relationship between the social order and the construction of political authority in human societies. Though the course is historical in orientation, we will also read each author in terms of how they speak to us today. There can be up to eight different books that will be read. Prerequisites: PHIL202 - Introduction to Philosophy and PHIL330 - History of Western Philosophy I, or consent of instructor.