Philosophy Courses Offered

Business Ethics - Liberal Arts Transfer (809-276) - Most of us will spend a large portion of our lives immersed in the world of work. As employees and/or employers, we face decisions everyday that depend on fundamental moral assumptions about honesty, fairness, liberty and privacy. We are all likely to have different ideas about what these concepts mean, or ought to mean, and justify our actions accordingly. This course aims to help us evaluate the moral choices we make in a business setting, and to that end philosophers employ the use of argument. By careful use of argument we will critically assess not only moral choices in the workplace, but also the moral assumptions that underlie capitalism, the economic system under which most people in the world are working. The issues that arise is business affect us all in critical ways. Whether we are debating the merits of affirmative action in hiring, corporate responsibility and profits, terms of employment, conflicts of interest or whistleblowing, this course will examine our assumptions and help us reach a clearer understanding of what we ought to do and why.

Contemporary Moral Issues (809-262) - This course introduces students to several different ethical theories and how they apply to contemporary moral controversies, such as those about the death penalty, military intervention, reproductive choices, and the definition of marriage. An underlying theme will be assessing when the use of state authority is and is not legitimate.

East/West Worldviews (809-263) - East/West Worldviews examines worldviews and their underlying assumptions. Worldviews are sometimes rooted in philosophy, religion and myth, each characterized by its rituals and symbols. The course focuses on the religions originating in India (Hinduism and Buddhism); in East Asia (Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Zen Buddhism); and in the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). Also includes Western rationalism and the scientific view of the cosmos. It studies the ways in which philosophy and/or religion affects the concepts of nature, self, society and ultimate reality.

Elementary Logic (809-261) - A course in contemporary formal (symbolic) logic covering both propositional and predicate logic with identity. Students will learn to translate arguments into symbolic notation and then test validity using natural-deduction proof procedures, truth tables, truth trees, and counter examples. Fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning Part B requirement at UW-Madison, as well as the logic requirement at Edgewood College. Assumes a solid background in Algebra. For a course focused on critical thinking and informal logic, see course #20809264, Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking (previously called Reason in Communication), which fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning Part A requirement at UW-Madison as well as the logic requirement at Edgewood College.

Ethics in Medicine (809-266) - Behavior within the healthcare system, whether as a patient or as a healthcare worker, presents challenges that differ from the typical consumer environment or the typical workplace. This course explores these differences and presents and discusses ethical issues particular to medicine. Heightens awareness and examines ways to conduct one's self within this healthcare environment.

Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application (809-166) - This course provides a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior, and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.

Introduction to Philosophy (809-260) - This course introduces various fields of philosophy, philosophical methodology and the history of philosophy. Examines some philosophical issues in depth and develops the ability to think, speak and write critically about these problems that have concerned human beings for centuries.

Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking (809-264) - An informal logic course (previously called Reason in Communication) that emphasizes critical thinking. Students will learn argument structure, different forms of inductive reasoning, how to recognize informal fallacies, and how to distinguish better and worse reasoning in the media and our everyday lives. Fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning Part A requirement at UW-Madison, as well as the logic requirement at Edgewood College. This course includes an introduction to propositional logic, but for those students interested in a formal (symbolic) logic course, see course #20809261, Elementary Logic, which fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning Part B requirement at UW-Madison, as well as the logic requirement at Edgewood College.

Social Ethics (809-268) - Investigates American conceptual frameworks used in understanding what makes for a "good society," with emphasis on the dominant individualistic tradition and its "multicultural" competitor. Drawing upon social scientific and philosophical constructs, discussions demonstrate how public issues manifest deeper cultural divisions over "social justice." The development of a theory of justice provides the basis for a normative or ethical understanding of society and its institutions.