Current Course Information

The following list represents the detailed course descriptions of our current offerings; for the full range of courses offered in the BA and MA programs in philosophy, please consult the Undergraduate Course Descriptions and Graduate Course Descriptions in the UNF catalog.

  Fall 2017 Upper Division and Graduate Sections

PHI3084: Philosophical Methods - Dr. Erinn Gilson


Description: This course is an investigation of various central methods in philosophical inquiry. The course covers analytic, continental European, comparative (non-Western/Western), and historical perspectives. Attention is paid to developing students’ abilities to interpret philosophical material, construct and evaluate arguments, and write philosophical essays. Specific topics will vary by instructor. This course is required for the philosophy major and minor, and is a prerequisite for all 4000 level courses.


PHI3601: Ethics - Dr. Sarah Vincent


Ethics considers questions such as "How should I live?" and "How do I decide the right thing to do and why should I do it?" This course deals with those questions in the areas of moral metaphysics, meta-ethics and normative theories of moral conduct which come from the history of philosophy back to the time of Plato and Aristotle. Other theorists to be discussed include Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill, and may include figures such as Thomas Hobbes, David Hume and John Dewey, as well as contemporary theorists.


PHI3640: Environmental Ethics – Dr. Andrew Buchwalter


This course will cover intrinsic and instrumental value approaches to environmental ethics, alternative environmental ethical approaches, and special environmental ethical issues. The goal of the course is to familiarize students with all the major approaches to environmental ethics and with a few particularly philosophically interesting environmental ethical issues. Students will appreciate and understand the complexity and intricacy of the arguments involved in adopting one approach or position over another.


PHH3860: (FC) Japanese Philosophy – Dr. Sarah Mattice


Description: This course is an introduction to Japanese philosophy through key elements of Japanese culture. We will explore Shinto, the indigenous world-view and practices of Japan; Japanese Buddhism, including Zen, Pure Land, and Nichiren; bushido, or the samurai spirit; distinctive contributions of Japanese thinkers to neo-Confucianism; and Japanese aesthetics. As we do so, we will explore the differences between orientalism and responsible approaches to non-western cultures and philosophies. We will also discuss Japanese responses to the Buddhist problem of original enlightenment, think through the role of ritualized activities in Japanese culture, and learn what the hierarchical nature of Japanese language can tell us about life in Japan.


PHI3932: Selected Topics in Asian Thought and Practice

India: Thought and Culture in South Asia – Dr. Paul Carelli


Description: This is a special topics course in Asian Thought and Practice, as such the particular theme and content of the course will vary. The course will examine an important topic within the broader category of Asian Thought and Practice. Course topics may include but are not limited to Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. 
Repeatability: This course may be taken for a total of 12 credits.


PHI3934: Selected Topics in Value Theory

Feminist Theory – Dr. Erinn Gilson


Description: This is a selected topics course in the field of Value Theory. Topics will vary by semester, and may include but are not limited to ethics, ethical theory, applied ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. 
Repeatability: This course is repeatable for up to 12 credits.


PHI3935: Ancient Greek Philosophy: Special Topics

Aristotle – Dr. Paul Carelli


This course examines diverse topics in ancient Greek Philosophy, focusing on issues in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, psychology, or political philosophy. Each semester the course typically addresses a theme, a single author, a school, a comparative analysis, or an assessment of the contemporary relevance of the thought of Greek philosophy. Works studied include those of the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic, or Neoplatonic philosophers.


PHI3939: Selected Topics in Knowledge and Reality

Science and Objectivity – Dr. Aaron Creller


Description: This is a selected topics course in the field of Knowledge and Reality. Topics will vary by semester, and may include but are not limited to epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of history and social science, and philosophy of language. 
Repeatability: This course may be repeated for up to 12 credits.


PHI4420: Philosophy of the Social Sciences – Dr. Hans-Herbert Koegler


Description:  This course is an examination of the nature, foundations, and aims of the social sciences. Attention is given to differing accounts of human action, the nature of social explanation, the structure of comparative social analysis, and the conditions for societal evaluation. Special consideration is given to the relationship of the social sciences to the humanities and the natural sciences.



PHI4641: Business Ethics – Dr. Mitchell Haney


This course examines the theoretical foundations of business ethics as well as various ethical issues which arise on personal, corporate, national and global levels in the business world. The course will include: an examination of a philosophical context for business ethics; and exploration of relevant ethical and social-political theories; consideration and discussion of real-world business ethical issues. Readings and lectures will be complemented by class discussion and an ongoing focus on case studies.