A two-course sequence that considers theoretical questions and moral questions in connection with one another, investigating how these two types of questions influenced one another during each of the four historical areas of western philosophical discourse, as well as possibly in eastern thought. PH 108 covers the history of philosophy from antiquity to the Middle Ages and Renaissance; PH 109 covers modern to contemporary philosophy. Note: Both semesters together meet the Philosophical Reasoning Ethical and Theoretical Learning Outcomes (ETH and THER) Students who take PH108 MUST take PH109 to complete their core requirement in Philosophy, and ONLY students who have completed PH108 may take PH109.
Meets Philosophical Reasoning Ethical and Theoretical Learning Outcome (ETH and THEOR)
An introduction to the Integrated Studies major and minor which samples its three kinds of courses: the reading and seminar discussion of great books, the closer reading and analysis of a single great book, and the examination of an enduring idea or issue from a variety of different approaches
A study of the cooperation between faith and reason in the Catholic tradition from its roots in Scripture and Greek philosophy, through its systematic development in medieval thought (including Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas), to its continuing vitality up to the present day.
Concentrates on a dramatic and clearly defined historical period in France and the United States, a period characterized by rupture with tradition on many levels of human activity. The decades after the First World War saw the values and premises of intellectual and cultural heritage challenged or discarded. The course will examine the criticisms leveled against traditional values and explore new principles for life and art which came into being during this period.
Meets Aesthetic and Creative Engagement Learning Outcome (AEST) and Global Engagement Learning Outcome (GLOB)
A study of logical methods of analysis involved in the critical evaluation of arguments, technical prose, and in problem solving. Covers basic formal methods in classical and propositional logic, fallacies, and argument forms of ordinary language, scientific and causal reasoning, and systematic methods of problem solving.
A discussion of the basic metaphysical conceptions of Western philosophy through a historical and systematic analysis. Attention is given to Plato, Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, as well as contemporary thinkers.
The course will focus on key ethical questions and dilemmas that confront individuals and corporations in the business world. These questions include, 'What role should work play in my life?,' 'What are a business's obligations to society?,' 'Do businesses have any ethical responsibilities beyond making profits?,' 'Is there such a thing as ethical advertising?,' along with many others. The course requires engaged and active learners. You will be developing and debating practical case studies, interacting with members of the New Hampshire corporate community, and developing a comprehensive ethical analysis of a local business.
Science fiction enriches philosophy in at least two ways. First, it offers us new perspectives on perennial philosophical questions: Do I have free will? Do I have an immaterial soul? Can I know anything for certain? Do the ends always justify the means? Science fiction helps to motivate, to clarify, and possibly even to answer such questions. Second, science fiction raises a host of philosophical questions that, while less central to the tradition, are arguably no less interesting or important: Could machines think? Could I survive the death of my body by uploading my mind into a computer? How much technology could my body integrate before it ceased to be "human"? What impact, if any, would knowledge of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence have on our self-understanding? This course addresses philosophical questions like these by engaging with science fiction stories, science fiction films, and philosophical texts that reflect on, or are inspired by, science fiction.
The Focused Study Seminar studies a single book or author. Each student chooses a topic pertinent to the material under discussion and, with the help of several individual conferences with the instructor, writes a long essay. Examples of Focused Study Seminars are: Plato: The Republic, Dante: The Divine Comed, Freud, Indian Philosoph, Thomas Aquinas, Newman: The Idea of the University, On Friendship, On Evil, Texts of Daoism, The Life of Muhammad, Euclid: Geometry, and Plutarch.