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PHIL 212: Contemporary Symbolic Logic An introductory course in deductive reasoning using the methods of symbolic formal logic. 3 credits PHIL/SPCH 225: Philosophy of Communication An analysis of the epistemological foundations underlying all forms of communicative processes from individual gestures to the electronic world-wide media. 3 credits PHIL 233: Philosophy of God (also listed as LPHI 233) An introduction to the philosophical study of God, based largely on the tradition of Christian philosophy. 3 credits PHIL 235: Philosophy of Knowledge, Certitude and Truth (also listed as LPHI 235) A study of the possibility and validity of human knowledge, together with the criteria of truth. 3 credits PHIL 237: Philosophy of Ethical Responsibility (also listed as LPHI 237) The subject matter of ethics is “the good life and how to live it.� Students will examine a variety of influential approaches to ethics, and will gain skill in applying ethical theory both to practical ethical issues in daily life, and to some of the urgent ethical issues in contemporary society. 3 credits PHIL 238: Business Ethics Business dealings are subject to the same norms and criteria which govern other human activities. This course analyzes the ethical dimensions of business transactions and consumerism, addressing itself to such problems as profits, advertising, free enterprise, discrimination, trade secrets, unions, and bribery. Prerequisites: LPHI 131 and PHIL 237 3 credits PHIL 239: Philosophy of Science (also listed as LPHI 239) A philosophical survey of the various understandings of science and scientific method. Students will examine the role philosophy has played in formulating and critiquing models of scientific investigation, and will pay attention to the impact science has had on religion, society, and views of human nature. 3 credits PHIL 240: Philosophy of Education A critical examination of the goals and methods of education, especially as they relate to ethics and politics. Readings will be drawn from historical philosophers, such as Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau and Dewey as well as contemporary philosophical analysis of educational institutions. 3 credits History of Philosophy Cycle Attention should be paid to the fact that the history of philosophy is expounded systematically in a four semester cycle with one of the histories of philosophy being offered in each semester. PHIL 271: History of Ancient Philosophy A critical presentation of the rise of Western Philosophy in Greece in the seventh century before Christ and its development in the fourth century B.C. up to the third century of the Christian era. 3 credits PHIL 273: History of Medieval Philosophy A study of Augustine and the great synthesis of Thomas Aquinas, analyzed in the context of the philosophic-theological intellectual atmosphere of the thirteenth century. Non-Thomistic syntheses of Bacon, Bonaventure, and Duns Scotus are evaluated. Then the decline of scholasticism is studied with emphasis on Ockham, Suarez and the Electives. 3 credits PHIL 280: History of Modern Philosophy A critical presentation of philosophers and philosophical trends from the Italian Renaissance of the XV century to the early XIX century. 3 credits

Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014  
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