Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy Units: 3

Basic problems in different areas of philosophy such as ethics, political theory, metaphysics and epistemology.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

PHIL 102 - Critical Thinking and Reasoning Units: 3

Non-symbolic introduction to logical thinking and everyday life, law, politics, science, advertising; common fallacies; the uses of language, including techniques of persuasion.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

PHIL 114 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic Units: 3

Methods and principles of correct reasoning and argumentation with application to the various sciences.

Term Offered: Spring

PHIL 119 - Introduction to the Old Testament Units: 3

This course will teach students to appreciate, interpret and respond to the Old Testament as a secular, literary, narrative text. We will examine the different genres, literary forms, and historical contexts of a wide variety of biblical texts in the Old Testament. By applying the methods of modern literary criticism such as form, function and genre to the Old Testament, students will learn how to analyze and interpret this ancient text through modern eyes. Furthermore, they will learn how the Old Testament, as a complex narrative of human drama, functions as a continuing source for modern authors (such as Milton or Faulkner) and will find the introduction of the terms, concepts and purposes of literary theory and literary criticism applicable to other literature courses at TMCC or UNR.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

PHIL 131 - Introduction to Metaphysics Units: 3

Selected problems concerning human nature and reality, e.g., mind and body, freedom and determinism, space and time, God, causality.

Term Offered: Fall

PHIL 135 - Introduction to Ethics Units: 3

This course introduces ethical theory in the context of case studies drawn from literature, films and the media. The course introduces students to classical and modern examples of ethical theory such as ethical relativism, egoism, utilitarianism, the categorical imperative and theories of moral development.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENG 101 or qualifying English placement score.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

PHIL 198 - Special Topics in Philosophy Units: 0.5-6

Various short courses and experimental classes covering a variety of subjects. The course will be a variable credit of one-half to six credits depending on the course content and number of hours required. The course may be repeated for up to six credits.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

PHIL 200 - The Judeo-Christian Tradition Units: 3

The major religious/philosophic beliefs found in the Old and New Testaments will be studied along with the way these concepts were modified in post-Biblical through modern times. Concepts that will be surveyed include: Biblical cosmology, the nature of deity, salvation, worship, the authority of scripture, the authority of the religious instruction, life after death, etc. Satisfies UNR's CH 201.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

PHIL 201 - Philosophy Goes to the Movies Units: 3

This course introduces participants to philosophical problems dramatized through the medium of film. Participants will experience complex philosophical problems underlying many of the films produced for popular consumption or regarded as classic films. The films will function as case studies allowing analysis of ethical issues and aesthetic values. The films or film clips presented will follow background readings and discussion of the philosophical contexts important to understanding the issues involved.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

PHIL 202 - Introduction to the Philosophy of the Arts Units: 3

Varieties of artistic representation and expression, the relationship of artworks to their embodiments, and the nature of interpretation and aesthetic response.

Term Offered: Spring

PHIL 203 - Introduction to Existentialism Units: 3

Readings from Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Jaspers, Sartre, Heidegger. An examination of the existentialist concepts 'being' and 'nonbeing', 'estrangement', 'dread', 'anxiety' and 'freedom.'.

Term Offered: Fall

PHIL 204 - Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy Units: 3

Introduces current philosophical thought from several areas of study, including postmodern philosophy, science, theology, art, psychology, and the social sciences. Introduces major movements of twentieth century thought: neo-Kantianism, dialectical materialism, phenomenology, existentialism, neo-positivism, and American pragmatism.

Term Offered: Spring

PHIL 207C - Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy Units: 3

Major political philosophers, e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, on topics such as justice, freedom, equality, tyranny, war, racism, sexism, power, consent, economics, with a special emphasis on the Constitutions of the United States and Nevada. Satisfies the U.S. and Nevada Constitution requirements.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: ENG 102 or ENG 114, or CH 201 or CH 202.

Term Offered: Spring

PHIL 210 - World Religions Units: 3

A critical introduction to the nature and practices of various religions. Studies the main moral and religious views of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism. Satisfies TMCC and UNR Diversity requirement.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENG 101 or qualifying English placement score.

Term Offered: All Semesters

PHIL 211 - Introduction to Ancient Philosophy Units: 3

Major thinkers from the sixth through the second century B.C.E., e.g., the pre-Socrates, Socrates, the sophists, Plato, Aristotle, the atomists, cynics, skeptics, stoics and Epicureans.

Term Offered: Fall

PHIL 213 - Introduction to Modern Philosophy Units: 3

Major thinkers from the Renaissance through the 18th century, e.g., Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant.

PHIL 224 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Science Units: 3

Philosophical problems and implications of historical and contemporary scientific inquiry, e.g., the nature of laws, theories, explanations, scientific revolutions, values, relations of science and society.

PHIL 225 - Introduction to Indian Philosophy Units: 3

In this course students will survey the remarkable unfolding of Indian religion and philosophy from 500 B.C. to modern times. Readings include translations of original works or commentaries on Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Vedantism, as well as a historical survey that puts the readings in context. Students will explore consciousness, meditation, reincarnation and parallels between Eastern and Western thought.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

PHIL 244 - Bioethics Units: 3

This course provides a balanced systematic, unbiased ethical framework designed to help students understand and analyze a wide range of issues currently controversial in medicine or that are likely to arise in the future. Treatment of such issues as abortion and euthanasia, cloning, genetic screening, just health care, patients' rights, the use of human and animal subjects in research.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

PHIL 245 - Contemporary Moral Issues Units: 3

Topical questions in practical ethics, e.g., war and terrorism, world hunger, abortion, racial discrimination, gender roles, the environment from a multicultural perspective.

Term Offered: Fall

PHIL 295 - Topical Issues in Philosophy Units: 3

This course offering allows faculty response to community and student interest in ethical, aesthetic and cultural issues through learning activities focused on a specific topic not included in regular offerings. Examples of such topics include ethics and the media, environmental aesthetics, the culture and values of the sixties or other topics utilizing faculty expertise or specialized knowledge of an adjunct faculty. These course offerings will demonstrate the viability and relevance of a humanistic perspective on contemporary issues. The course may be repeated for up to 6 credits as topics vary.