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Philosophy Courses

Recent and Current Courses

Courses in bold are core requirements for the Philosophy Major.

Introductory Level Courses

PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 110 Logical Thinking
PHL 215 Introduction to Ethics

The courses above are offered every semester.

PHL/WMS 104 Identities: Gender, Race and Sexuality

200 Level Courses

PHL 200 Special Topics in Philosophy       
Topics vary semester to semester and have included topics "Philosophy and Popular Culture," "Marx Nietzsche and Freud," and "Zombies and Philosophy." This course may be repeated as long as topics differ.

PHL 221 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient (offered every fall)
PHL 222 History of Western Philosophy: Modern (offered every spring)

PHL 236 The Ideal State
PHL 238 Existentialism and Phenomenology
PHL 239 Theories of the Mind
PHL 240 Knowledge and Reality
PHL 243 Introduction to Asian Philosophy
PHL 298 Experience Program

300 Level Courses
300 Level courses carry a prerequisite of at least one completed philosophy course, or require the instructor's permission to register.

PHL 300 Special Topics in Philosophy
Topics vary semester to semester and have included topics "Happiness," "Phenomenology and Cognitive Science," and "Paradox and Metafiction." This course may be repeated as long as topics differ.

PHL 301 Theory of Knowledge
PHL 303 Metaphysics
PHL 304 Philosophy of Mind
PHL 305 Theories of Truth
PHL 307 Ecofeminism: Philosophy and Practice
PHL 311 Philosophy of Language
PHL 315 Ethics II
PHL 316 Political Philosophy
PHL 317 Ethics and Health Care Professionals
PHL 318 Bioethics and the Law
PHL 326 Philosophy of Law
PHL 333 Plato
PHL 334 Aristotle
PHL 336 Medieval Philosophy
PHL 359 Heidegger and Contemporary Continental Philosophy
PHL 371 History of Contemporary Analytic and Continental Philosophy

400 Level Courses
400 Level courses carry a prerequisite of at least one completed philosophy course, or require the instructor's permission to register.

PHL 400 Special Topics in Philosophy
Topics vary semester to semester and have included topics "Advanced Philosophy of Mind." This course may be repeated as long as topics differ.

PHL 409 Seminar (offered every spring)
Topics vary each year and have included topics "Wittgenstein," "Epistemic Justification," and "Law and Jurisprudence." This course may be repeated as long as topics differ.

Directed Study: PHL 296, PHL 396

Independent Study: PHL 495

Honors Thesis: PHL 420

Philosophy courses can also be found on the UMass Dartmouth Catalog Server. We anticpate updates to our catalog list of course offerings in the 2011-2012 academic year.  If you have any questions regarding courses taught in the Philosophy Department, please contact the chairperson, Prof. Timothy Nulty.  


Please follow these steps to view all Philosophy catalog courses:

  • Go to the "Course Offerings by Department" page of the catalog.
  • Scroll down to "Department of Philosophy" and click on "Display courses for this department."
  • You will see a list of courses for that department. Click any course title for a description.

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