Philosophy - CPS Specialty (PHLS)

PHLS 1101. Introduction to Philosophy. 4 Hours.

Introduces students to philosophy by acquainting them with the theories and arguments of classical and contemporary philosophers and by teaching skills of constructing and analyzing arguments. Emphasizes philosophical inquiry. Topics include the basis of morality, free will vs. determinism, the existence of God, the problem of suffering, and the nature of knowledge.

PHLS 1145. Technology and Human Values. 4 Hours.

Examines the changing values of the modern, technologically advanced world. Attempts to increase our understanding of the supposed breach between the literary and scientific cultures, the diverse approaches towards their reconciliation, and the human dimensions of science and technology. Topics include the neutrality of technology with respect to good or evil uses, technology as an instrument for human liberation, and the issue of proper and effective modes of controlling technology in today’s world.

PHLS 2160. Bioethics. 4 Hours.

Explores ethics and medicine. While it remains anchored in philosophy, medical ethics is interdisciplinary in character and thus intertwines the issues of politics, economic policy, sociology, and the law. Medicine is a fruitful area for philosophical exploration and application of basic theories that help to analyze practical problems and concrete moral dilemmas. Addresses issues such as informed consent and whether patients have a “right to die.” Covers the distribution of health services and the allocation of scarce resources. Offers students an opportunity to become familiar with the complex issues and various possible responses.