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Philosophy

The following list shows most of the courses offered in the 2016/2017 school year. For a complete list, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Introduction to Western Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
AUPHI 101

Introduction to the main problems and theories that have dominated philosophical thought, through study and critical discussion of selected classics of ancient and medieval philosophy.

Introduction to Western Philosophy II: Modern Philosophy
AUPHI 102

Continuation of an introduction to the main problems and theories that have dominated philosophical thought, through study and critical discussions of selected classics of modern philosophy.

Metaphysics: Theories of Reality
AUPHI 200

Examination of traditional and contemporary topics such as Being and Nonbeing, the nature of time, freedom, appearance and reality, persons, and the mind-body problem.

Existentialism
AUPHI 226

Introduction to the main themes and perspectives in recent existential philosophy. Authors such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, Heidegger Mounier, and Camus may be considered. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPHI 226 and AUPHI 326 (2013).

Modern Political Philosophy
AUPHI 241

Historical and critical survey of the political ideas of modern Europe, from the end of the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. Authors studied may include Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft and Marx. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUPOL 211 and AUPHI 241.

Ethics
AUPHI 260

Examination of questions of right and wrong, good and evil, and reasons for action, through study of ethical theories of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Mill.

FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
AUPHI 277

Philosophy of Contemporary Culture
AUPHI 290

Investigation of contemporary culture, both "popular" and "literate" (film, theatre, music, writing).

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AUPHI 351

Philosophy of Religion II
AUPHI 358

Continuation of the exploration of religion and religious experience undertaken in AUPHI 357. Consideration is given to various forms of spirituality as found in the writings of Christian and non-Christian mystics and religious thinkers such as Eckhart, Shankara, and Starhawk. Prerequisite: AUPHI 357 or consent of the instructor.

Selected Topics in the History of Philosophy III
AUPHI 492

In-depth study of a theme, philosopher, philosophical movement, or philosophical period. Prerequisite: AUPHI 102 or consent of the instructor.

Selected Topics in the History of Philosophy IV
AUPHI 493

In-depth study of a theme, philosopher, philosophical movement, or philosophical period. Prerequisite: AUPHI 102 or consent of the instructor.

Directed Studies I
AUPHI 495

Intensive study of a specific area of Philosophy as defined by a student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *9 at a senior level in Philosophy and consent of the instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Directed Studies II
AUPHI 496

Intensive study of a specific area of Philosophy as defined by a student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *9 at a senior level in Philosophy and consent of the instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Directed Studies III
AUPHI 497

Intensive study of a specific area of Philosophy as defined by a student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisites: *9 at a senior level in Philosophy and consent of the instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.

Religion

Specific information for AUREL 270 (PDF)
Specific information for AUREL 271 (PDF)

The following list shows most of the courses offered in the 2016/2017 school year. For a complete list, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Exploring Religious Meaning
AUREL 100

Exploration of religious meaning through the examination of selected themes from Christian theology and from other religions. The themes include ways of conceiving of the divine, the problem of evil, the human predicament, the relationship of religion and society, and ideas of salvation.

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible in Translation
AUREL 212

Introduction to the history and theology of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).

The Reformation Era
AUREL 235

Survey of the history of the Reformation from the advocates of reform in the fourteenth century through the Counter- Reformation up to the compilation of the Book of Concord in 1580 with special emphasis on the basic religious questions of that time. The lives and writings of the chief reformers are examined in their historical and cultural contexts, and relationships to common twentieth-century issues are emphasized.

Modern Ethics
AUREL 257

Contemporary problems in religious ethics and their impact on individual and collective decision-making in the areas of personal and social issues.

Spirituality and Globalization
AUREL 263

Critical investigation of the values and views of human nature implicit in the discourse of corporate globalization and of those within the alternative visions of Jesus and the Hebrew prophets.

Selected Topics in Religion and Public Life
AUREL 271

Exploration of several current issues of the intersection of religion and public life and of how various religious traditions engage them.

Selected Topics in Religion
AUREL 290

This course covers selected topics in Religion. Topics may vary from year to year depending on the instructor and student interest.

Selected Topics in Religion
AUREL 291

This course covers selected topics in Religion. Topics may vary from year to year depending on the instructor and student interest.

Religion and Ecology
AUREL 345

Examination of the relationship between ecology and religion from Christian and non-Christian perspectives. The course looks at ecological spirituality, ecotheology, animal rights, deep ecology, ecoactivism, and ecofeminism. It also devotes substantial time to ecological themes in Asian (Hindu, Buddhist, and Chinese) and traditional (native American and Australian aboriginal) religions. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUREL 345 and AUENV 345.

Theology of Luther
AUREL 347

Critical study of the genesis, development, and structure of Luther's theology.

Justice Theologies
AUREL 348

Examination of modern theologies that focus on the Biblical call for justice and offer a critique of Christianity's alignment with modern culture. These theologies of revitalization and dissent seek to change modern Christendom from within. Among those discussed are liberation, political, ecological, and feminist theologies.

Directed Reading in Religion I
AUREL 391

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion II
AUREL 392

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion III
AUREL 393

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion IV
AUREL 394

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion V
AUREL 395

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion VI
AUREL 396

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion VII
AUREL 397

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion VIII
AUREL 398

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.

Directed Reading in Religion IX
AUREL 399

Intensive study in a specific area of religion as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: *3 at a senior level in Religion or Consent of the Instructor. Note: An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in each of these courses.