Current Graduate Course Information

The following list represents detailed course descriptions of our current offerings; for the full range of graduate courses offered in MA in Practical Philosophy & Applied Ethics, as well as the Graduate Certificate in Applied Ethics, please consult the Graduate Course Descriptions in the UNF catalog.

Spring 2017  

PHI 5934 Faith and Reason  

CRN 12824

M 1800-2045

 Instructor: J. Matheson 



This course will be an examination of cutting edge work in contemporary analytic philosophy of religion.  It will be organized around fundamental questions about the nature, rationality, and value of faith (religious faith in particular).  We will discuss questions such as: What exactly is faith? Can it be rational to have faith?  How is faith related to evidence, belief, doubt, hope, and love?  Is faith voluntary?  Is faith a virtue?



PHI 5934 Art, Society and Politics 

CRN 12827

T 1800-2045

 Instructor: H. H. Koegler 



The course deals with art and its relation to both society and politics. Special focus is on the unique role of modern art—or art under the condition of modernity—in which art is separated from its function of religious representation and becomes ‘autonomous’ in the so-called ‘artworld.’ This sets art free for entirely new political functions. Similarly, the social basis of art and aesthetics experience (reception and production) becomes reflexive and get reevaluated. The course reconstructs this new place and function of art in modern society and politics by addressing idealist aesthetics (Kant, Schiller, Hegel), the use of concrete examples of art-politics interactions in film (Eisenstein in the Soviet Union, Riefenstahl in Hitler’s Germany), and by building a rich discussion with contemporary theorists of art and politics (Benjamin, Adorno, Danto, Bourdieu, and Ranciere). The ultimate goal is to reconstruct the aesthetic truth and value of modern art, including most recent movements like performance and politically engaged art, by drawing on currently developed ideas towards a dialogical aesthetics.




PHI 6769 Ethics, Religion & Global Discourse 

CRN 11959

W 1800-2045

Instructor: B. Denison 



 This course examines critical themes at the intersection of religion and global politics. It will explore how particular constructions of “religion” and “religious freedom” authorizes national and international legal and governmental practice. These questions will be examined through a variety of contexts, with an emphasis on local communities’ relationship to national and international governing bodies. Topics will include religion and the rise of the nation-state; the politics of religious establishment and religious freedom; the formation of modern vocabularies of religious exclusion; and the role of religions in the neoliberal experience.



PHI 6938 Proseminar II  

CRN 12819

T 1800-2045

 Instructor: P. Carelli  




This course provides an advanced introduction to the most important themes and thinkers in social philosophy. It thereby serves the function of grounding graduate work in Practical Philosophy. It is cross-listed with PHM Social Philosophy. Special graduate section will deepen and expand readings and discussions in social and political theory.  In contrast to metaphysics, rationalism, and empiricism, social and political philosophers argue that basic aspects of our cognitive and ethical experience are Role ethics seeks to find guidance in how to live through the various relationships one has in the family and society at large, rather than in a depersonalized rational principle or individual set of virtues. For nearly two decades Roger T. Ames has argued that the ethical teachings of Confucius in the Analects must be understood in terms of just such relationality. More recently, Brian E. Johnson has made the case that the stoic Epictetus offers a view of ethics based upon roles in the Discourses. In this course we will give a careful reading of both these ancient works and their modern commentators, focusing on both the similarities of differences between the two traditions.​





PHM 5366 Global Justice 

CRN 12836

TR 1630-1745

 Instructor: A. Buchwalter   




This course examines issues of justice associated with the phenomenon of globalization. Questions include the following: What are universal human rights and how are they compatible with the diversity of cultural practices and traditions worldwide? What is economic globalization and how should global free trade be squared with global fair trade? What are the obligations on the part of the global community and in particular members of affluent countries to address world-wide hunger, poverty, and disease? What duties do we have to the global environment? How should we address global climate change? How, if at all, is war justified in a globalized world and how can humanitarian military intervention in the internal affairs of another country justifiable? How open should the borders of nations be to immigrants, refugees, and the increasing flow of individuals fleeing famine and persecution?  How should we address gender discrimination and the presence of patriarchal attitudes and practices throughout the world?  Should we understand ourselves first and foremost as citizens of the world or as members of bounded communities?  In addressing these questions, we examine assumptions we hold individually and as members both of particular societies and the global community.​ Students in this graduate section will have special writing, reading, and presentation assignments; hey will also participate in some special sessions with the instructor