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What We're Teaching Spring 2024

 Courses numbered 100 to 299 = lower-division; 300 to 499 = upper-division; 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. To register for a course, or just to get the dates and times, visit the WSU Schedule of Courses (additional useful links are provided at the bottom of this page).

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Spring 2024 Introductory Courses

PHIL 100.  Introduction to Philosophy (3).

General education humanities course. Exploration of the meaning of philosophic activity through an examination of several basic interpretations of the distinguishing intentions, characteristic procedures and essential functions of the philosophic endeavor. Introduces some of the fundamental problems and possible values of philosophy. Develops a broad understanding of the meaning of philosophy as a diverse and self-critical historical enterprise.

  • IN PERSON. Monday/Wednesday, 11:00am-12:15pm. Xiufen Lu. CRN 22770.
  • IN PERSON. Monday/Wednesday, 9:30am-10:45am. Xiufen Lu. CRN 24161. 

PHIL 105.  Critical Reasoning (3).

General education humanities course. Helps students become better at reasoning. Focuses on different patterns of reasoning common in college-level studies and in everyday life. Some patterns are treated in concrete and content-specific ways, and others are treated in highly abstract ways. Students also learn to be critical by different kinds of standards. For example, students learn about how much precision to demand when reasoning about different kinds of topics, and how to evaluate considerations in terms of relevance. Ultimately, students learn how to strengthen their own capacities for reasoning and how to recognize and correct errors in their own thinking and in other people's reasoning. This is a Kansas Systemwide Transfer Course.

  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm. Patrick Bondy. CRN 22773.
  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30am-10:45am. Patrick Bondy. CRN 24330.

PHIL 125.  Introductory Logic (3).

General education humanities course. Deals with the uses of logical concepts and techniques to evaluate and criticize reasoning. Studies some elementary systems of formal logic. Arguments evaluated are drawn from such diverse fields as law, science, politics, religion and advertising.

  • IN PERSON. Monday/Wednesday, 12:30pm-1:45pm. Brian Hepburn. CRN: 26702.
  • IN PERSON. Monday/Wednesday, 11:00am-12:15pm. Angela Sager. CRN: 26849
  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm. Angela Sager. CRN: 22777.
  • PHIL 125H (Honors), IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm. Angela Sager. CRN: 25237.

Spring 2024 First Year Seminars

FYPL 102A FYS: Law (3).

This course is a first-year seminar on law in which we will take a broad interdisciplinary approach to US law.  Domains of law such as constitutional law, tort law, and criminal law will be introduced.  Covers legal procedures, argumentation and reasoning.  Cases and current events will be used to illustrate basic concepts and raise philosophical issues.  International law and comparison with other legal systems may be used provide context and perspective.  This course contains diversity content.

  • IN PERSON. Monday/Wednesday, 12:30pm-1:45pm. Jeffrey Hershfield. CRN: 24402.

Spring 2024 Lifelong Learning Courses

PHIL 150AI: Ethics of Big Data and AI (0.5).

In this era of ChatGPT, Alexa and algorithmically controlled social media, how can people develop informed opinions and make responsible decisions? This course presents a framework for ethical evaluation and explores its implication for current and emerging technologies that use big datasets to train machine learning and deep learning algorithms for predictive and generative AI.

  • IN PERSON. Friday, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Susan Castro. CRN: 26694. This course meets April 19 through May 10.

Spring 2024 Upper Division Courses

PHIL 300 Science and the Modern World (3).

General education humanities course. Develops an understanding of the methods and accomplishments of science and how they have affected the way people understand themselves, society and the universe. The approach is both historical, with respect to the re-creation of the prescientific world view and the developments of science, and analytical with respect to understanding the goals, methods and limits of contemporary science. No prerequisite, but prior completion of general education requirements in science is desirable. Course includes diversity content.

  • IN PERSON. Monday/Wednesday. 2:00pm-3:15pm. Susan Sterrett. CRN: 26207.

PHIL 306 Business Ethics (3).

General education humanities course. A critical examination of representative moral issues that arise in the context of business. Focuses on topics such as the nature of professionalism, the social responsibility of business, regulation, employee rights and obligations, sexual harassment, economic justice, environmental impact, the limits of property rights, and conflicting international mores and practices. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite(s): PHIL 105 with a grade of C or better.

  • ONLINE Asynchronous. Anastasia Pine. CRN: 22762. 

PHIL 325. Formal Logic (3).

Studies systems of formal logic including sentential and predicate logic. Emphasizes the uses of these systems in the analysis of arguments. Prerequisite(s): PHIL 125.

  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00am-12:15pm. Brian Hepburn. CRN: 26440.

PHIL 327.  Bioethics (3).

General education humanities course. Examines ethical issues related to health care such as truth-telling to patients, confidentiality, euthanasia, abortion, prenatal obligations and distribution of health care. Course includes diversity content.

  • IN PERSON. Monday/Wednesday, 2:00pm-3:15pm. Angela Sager. CRN: 22763.
  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 5:35pm-6:50pm. Jeremy Gallegos. CRN: 22765.
  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30pm-4:45pm. Jeremy Gallegos. CRN: 22766.

PHIL 331.  Ancient Greek Philosophy (3).

General education humanities course. Examines the development of Greek philosophy in its major phases, including an exploration of the Milesian and Eleatic traditions, Pythagoras, the Atomists, the Pluralists, the Sophists, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

  • IN PERSON. Monday/Wednesday, 9:30am-10:45am. Patrick Bondy. CRN: 26251.

PHIL 341.  Contemporary Ethics (3).

General education humanities course. A study of contemporary developments in ethics. Highlights landmark works from the 20th century to the present. May explore contemporary approaches to an important ethical issue or investigate recent defenses of such ethical theories as Kantian deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics, contractualism, care ethics and feminist ethics. Prerequisite(s): PHIL 100, 125, or 144.

  • IN PERSON. Monday/Wednesday, 12:30pm-1:45pm. JS Johnson-Schwartz. CRN: 26210.

PHIL 345.  Philosophy of Sex and Love (3).

Examines the ethical, metaphysical and conceptual dimensions of sex and love. Includes the nature of sex, sexual perversion, homosexuality, pornography, sadomasochism, the nature and varieties of love, the features of love, and the relationship between love and sex. Uses selections from writings of both historical and recent authors.

  • IN PERSON. Monday/Wednesday, 11:00am-12:15pm. Jeffrey Hershfield. CRN: 26205.

PHIL 352.  Contemporary Chinese Philosophy (3).

General education humanities course. Surveys Chinese philosophy from the late 19th century to the present day. Covers major figures such as Sun Zhongshan (Sun Yat-sen) Chen Duxiu, Li Dazhao, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Also covers major schools of thought such as the New Culture Movement, Nationalism, Communism, Socialism, Maoism and the post-Mao Economic Reform Movement. Prerequisite(s): PHIL 100 or 144.

  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30pm-1:45pm. Xiufen Lu. CRN: 26206.

PHIL 354.  Ethics and Computers (3).

General education humanities course. Ethics with application to the ethical issues which may arise from the use of computers, including the moral responsibility of computer professionals for the effect their work has on persons and society; the moral obligations of a computer professional to clients, employer and society; the conceptual and ethical issues surrounding the control and ownership of software; and the justifiability of regulation of the design, use and marketing of computer technology. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or departmental consent.

  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday. 2:00pm-3:15pm. Angela Sager. CRN: 22782.
  • IN PERSON. Monday/Wednesday. 11:00am-12:15pm. Susan Castro. CRN: 24074.

PHIL 385.  Engineering Ethics (3).

General education humanities course. Examines representative ethical issues that arise in engineering. Topics include: professional responsibility and integrity, whistle-blowing, conflict of interest, ethical issues in engineering consulting and research, engineering and environmental issues, and engineering in a global context. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing.

  • ONLINE Asynchronous. Jason Matteson. CRN: 22767.
  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30pm-1:45pm. JS Johnson-Schwartz. CRN: 25182.
  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00pm-3:15pm. JS Johnson-Schwartz. CRN: 24125.

PHIL 386.  Biomedical Engineering Ethics (3).

Biomedical engineering is changing extremely rapidly, with the incorporation of new technologies from material science, computer software, nano engineering and robotics, among others. Each of these emerging areas presents new questions in ethics, raising new questions concerning human subjects protections, autonomy, acceptable risks and more. The regulatory framework for evaluation and approval of these technologies is largely grounded in our current understanding of these ethical issues, thus it too is evolving. This course examines these areas and the questions they pose, and develops an ethical framework for evaluation of these issues. Cases illustrating the ethical issues are integrated into the course material. Course includes diversity content.

  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30am-10:45am. Susan Castro. CRN: 26202.

PHIL 555.  Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3).

Studies such topics as the relation of social sciences with natural sciences and philosophy, methodological problems peculiar to social sciences, the nature of sound explanation concepts and constructs, and the roles of mathematics and formal theories in social sciences.

  • IN PERSON. Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00pm-3:15pm. Susan Sterrett. CRN: 26204.