Department of Philosophy

History of Philosophy

Major in Philosophy: History of Philosophy 

The department offers a wide selection of courses for philosophy majors interested in the history of philosophy. 

2311 Political Philosophy: The Classic Texts
3 credit hours

A critical examination of core works in the history of political philosophy. Philosophers discussed often include Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Rousseau, Marx, and Nietzsche. 

2327 Classic Readings in Philosophy of Mind
3 credit hours

Students will study writings on mind by important philosophers from antiquity to the twentieth century. 

2345 Greek Philosophy: The Presocratics and Plato
3 credit hours

A brief examination of Greek philosophy before the time of Socrates followed by careful readings of selected dialogues by Plato. 

2346 Greek Philosophy: Aristotle and The Hellenists
3 credit hours

A study of Aristotle’s views (focusing on topics in metaphysics, psychology, knowledge, and ethics), together with a brief examination of several Hellenistic philosophers. 

2365 Philosophy of Education: Classic Texts
3 credit hours

A critical examination of influential works in the history of educational thought. 

3442 Early Modern Philosophy: The Rationalists
3 credit hours

A critical examination of the works from this movement, focusing on the areas of metaphysics and epistemology. Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, and Leibniz are among the philosophers typically studied. 

3443 Early Modern Philosophy: The Empiricists
3 credit hours

A critical examination of the works from this movement, focusing on the areas of metaphysics and epistemology. Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume are among the philosophers typically studied. 

3444 Later Modern Philosophy: Kant
3 credit hours

A lecture and seminar course on Kant’s theory of knowledge. 

3455 Existentialism: The 19th Century
3 credit hours

A lecture and seminar course examining the 19th century origins of the existentialist movement in contemporary philosophy, with specific investigation of the writings of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. 

3456 Existentialism: The 20th Century
3 credit hours

A lecture and seminar course examining the 20th century expression of the existentialist movement in contemporary philosophy, through close study of the writings of Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, and others. 

3457 Continental Philosophy
3 credit hours

This course is a study of one or more topics or figures in recent or contemporary phenomenology, hermeneutics, or deconstruction. Philosophers discussed in the course may include Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Levinas, Foucault, and Derrida. 

4565 Pragmatism
3 credit hours

Students read the founding texts of pragmatism from the late-19th and early-20th centuries (e.g., by Peirce, James, and Dewey).  Students analyze the pragmatist critique of traditional western philosophical ideas about meaning, truth, reality, foundations of knowledge, and practice.  Students examine the historical reception of pragmatism and assess its continuing importance. 

4566 Analytic Philosophy
3 credit hours

A lecture and seminar course that examines the origins, expressions, and significance of the contemporary analytic movement in philosophy.