Philosophy Department

Upper Division Course Offerings Fall 2016

PHL 222-01 PII Philosophy of Art - Dr. Scott Campbell

Tuesday/Thursday 10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

(Perspectives II course) An introduction to some of the many philosophical issues that surround art and the aesthetic through an examination of the following topics: historical and modern conceptions of the aesthetic, the relationship between the arts and society, expression and creativity, and understanding and interpreting art. Differences between art, craft, entertainment, the aesthetic and the beautiful will be explored.

PHL 233-01 Health and Wellness - Dr. John Edelman

Tuesday/Thursday 9:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Philosophical issues concerning health and wellness: defining 'health' and 'wellness'; mind and body in holistic conceptions of medicine; meaning and purpose as elements in the definition of 'wellness'; intellectual and spiritual well-being as belonging to 'wellness'.

PHL 312-01 PII Ethics - Dr. Elizabeth Robinson

Tuesday/Thursday 2:35 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

(Perspectives II course) One of the most important questions posed by Ancient Greek philosophy was: What is the best way to live? That question serves as a guiding line for this introductory course, which will examine the various approaches that major philosophical thinkers have made to the study of philosophical ethics in answer to that question. Topics will include the problem of moral relativism, the relation between knowledge and virtue, spiritual exercises, virtue ethics, stoicism, an ethics based on pure reason, utilitarianism and existentialism. Readings from Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Epicurus, Kant, Mill, and Sartre.

PHL 404-01 Phl Sem: Inspiration - Dr. John Edelman

Monday/Wednesday 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


Poets and philosophers have spoken of “inspiration” since Homer, Parmenides, and the Prophets of the Old Testament. On the other hand, some philosophers and cognitive scientists have come to think that inspiration is a kind of fiction or illusion. Other philosophers and some poets disagree. This seminar, constructed around a reading of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, will take up this contemporary debate.