Philosophy (PHIL) Courses

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

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PHIL 100 Intro to Philosophy (3) Major philosophers, methods, and issues in Western and non- Western philosophy. Discussion of such problems as our knowledge of reality, the freedom of the will, the relations between the mind and body, morality, the meaning of life and the existence of God. (Attributes: FGC)

PHIL 101 Intro to Asian Philosophy (3) Philosophical teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Taoism, Neo-Confusianism, and Shintoism. (Attributes: DH, GAHP, HPP)

PHIL 209 Reasoning (3) Informal logic: Study of practical reasoning, argument, and the use and misuse of language. Emphasis on development of critical thinking skills. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 211 History of Ancient Philosophy (3) Philosophy of the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle and Roman thinkers. (Attributes: DL)

PHIL 213 History of Modern Philosophy (3) From the Renaissance to the 19th century. Recommended: PHIL 211. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 220 Social Ethics (3) Contemporary ethical issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, sexual equality, sexual integrity, discrimination and reverse discrimination, violence, pornography, ethnic injustice, and environmental and population control. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 230 Belief, Knowledge & Truth (3) The sources and limits of human knowledge. Classical and contemporary epistemological theories, and their application to the everyday search for knowledge. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 270 Love and Sex (3) Survey of classical and contemporary perspectives of the philosophy of love, marriage, relationships, sex, sexual identity, representations of sex and sexuality. (Previously offered: PHIL 180; Same as WS 270). (Attributes: DH, GCC)

PHIL 300 History of Indian Philosophy (3) The historic Indian schools of thought, Brahmanism, Jain, Carvaka, Buddhist, Samkyha, Yoga, Nayaya, Vaisheskika, Mimamsa, and Vedanta. The main philosophers and thinkers of India including Gandhi, Radhakrishnan, and Tagore. Recommended: previous work in philosophy or religious studies. (Attributes: DH, GAHP, HPP)

PHIL 301 Hist Of Chinese Philosophy (3) History of the Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist philosophies and their interaction in China. The pivotal thinkers including Mao. Recommended: previous work in philosophy or religious studies. (Attributes: DH, GAHP, HPP)

PHIL 302 Hist Of Buddhist Philosophy (3) History of Buddhist philosophy and its cultural influence and intellectual development in Asia and Hawaiʻi. Recommended: previous work in philosophy or religious studies. (Attributes: DH, GAHP, HPP)

PHIL 304 Ethics and Cultural Diversity (3) Philosophical examination of the meaning of cultural diversity and pluralism for questions concerning community and knowledge from a variety of American and non-western cultures as well as their interactions with categories of identity, based upon nation, race, class, gender and sexuality. Addresses the interactions of the social experience of individuals based upon categories of identity and the emergence of forms of community and knowledge. A global or transnational section will be one component of the course. (Same as WS 304). (Attributes: ALEX, DH, FGB, GCC)

PHIL 307 Theory of Knowledge (3) The sources and limits of human knowledge. Classical and contemporary epistemological theories, and their application to the everyday search for knowledge. (Same as WS 307)

PHIL 310 Metaphysics (3) Puzzling problems in Western thought, such as the nature of personal identity, the freedom of the will, time, and the relation between mind and body. Pre: previous work in philosophy. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 313 19th Century Philosophy (3) The history of 19th century philosophy, with an emphasis on the philosophers of continental Europe, including Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 315 Ethical Theory (3) Classical and contemporary theories of right and good. Pre: previous work in philosophy. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 320 Social & Political Phil (3) Good and right applied to economic, political, and religious establishments; obligation, freedom of dissent, capital punishment, violence, rights, revolution, and war. Pre: previous work in philosophy. Recommended: PHIL 220. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 323 Professional Ethics (3) Professional conduct is being questioned as never before—lawyers, physicians, engineers, accountants, etc., are criticized for disregarding the rights of clients and the public interest. The course addresses the ethical problems of "the professions" in general and will focus on professions in business, law, and health care. Pre: previous course work in philosophy. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 325 Philosophy Of Law (3) Problems and controversies in the nature of law and its bearing on human conduct. Topics: legal and moral obligation, obedience and respect, enforcement of morality, punishment and responsibility, justification of practices such as plea bargaining, bail, prosecutorial discretion, etc. Pre: previous work in philosophy. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 327 Bioethics (3) An examination of controversial topics related to life and health, such as euthanasia, treatment of animals, genetic engineering, individual autonomy, and the health care system. Pre: Previous course work in philosophy. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 328 Rights (3) This course is an examination of the socio-legal evolution of rights in the United States. Topics include theoretical approaches to rights and rights discourse as well as contextual applications of equality and power involving the Fourteenth Amendment and social movements in the areas of race and ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, education, property, and mobility. (Same as POLS 328) (Attributes: DS)

PHIL 329 Environmental Ethics (3) Central ethical questions concerning the natural world, including environmental justice, responding to climate change and environmental devastation, and the relationship between human beings and the environment. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 330 Philosophy of Art (3) The aesthetic object, form in art, representation, meaning in art, and claims of knowledge in art. Pre: previous work in philosophy and in art or music. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 340 Philosophy Of Religion (3) Philosophical problems in religious beliefs and religious knowledge. The existence of God, immorality, the problem of evil. Pre: previous work in philosophy or religious studies. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 343 Comparative Philosophy (3) A study of the mutual influences of Western and Eastern philosophical traditions and the potential each has to respond to the programs of the other. Pre: previous work in philosophy or instructor's consent. (Attributes: DH, HPP)

PHIL 345 Symbolic Logic (3) Techniques of symbolic logic, including propositional logic, predicate logic and the logic of relations. (Attributes: GQ)

PHIL 350 Hawaiian Phil: Aloha ʻĀina (3) Introduction to Indigenous Hawaiian philosophy and how to engage with Aloha ‘Āina relying upon a methodology and pedagogy consistent with the philosophy being discussed. Pre: previous work in philosophy. (Attributes: HPP)

PHIL 355 Philosophy of Sport (3) A philosophical treatment of the role of sports in society and a meaningful life. Topics include the phenomenology of sport, the ethics of doping and artificial enhancement, leadership ethics, sports in the context of Hawaiʻi, and sport fandom. Pre: Previous work in philosophy or two courses in Kinesiology or instructor approval. (Same as KES 355). (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 360 Existentialism (3) The themes which recur in the works of existential philosophers from the 19th century to the present. Pre: junior standing or instructor's consent. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 370 Indigenous&American Philosophy (3) (lecture/other) Survey of significant areas of the American tradition, e.g. 19th, 20th, 21st century thought, African, Native American, Latin American thought, feminism, recent pragmatism, pluralism, and philosophy of education. (Attributes: ALEX, DH, GCC)

PHIL 375 Feminist Philosophy (3) Exploration of the feminist contributions to traditional philosophical questions in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics as swell as examining the philosophical implications of the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality. (Same as WS 375) (Attributes: ALEX, DH, GCC)

PHIL 381 Philosophy Of Wittgenstein (3) Topics in the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, such as: meaning, understanding, pain, private language, "family resemblance," language-games, knowledge and certainty, other minds, forms of life and the purpose of philosophy. Pre: previous work in philosophy. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 385 Philosophy of Marxism (3) History and philosophy of Marxism from the early Marx through recent times, including such topics as: dialectical materialism, alienation, exploitation, surplus value, class struggle, revolution, socialism, communism, and the Marxian critique of capitalism, imperialism, fascism, terrorism, and capitalist cultural hegemony. Pre: Previous work in philosophy or instructor's consent.

PHIL 390 History & Phil of Science (3) Natural science as a knowledge-seeking activity. Major episodes in the history of the physical and biological sciences; philosophical understanding of scientific observation, theory, and revolutionary change. Pre: previous work in philosophy or consent of instructor. (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 392 Biology & Philosophy (3) Philosophical examination of the implications of modern biology for how we understand ourselves and our relations to the natural world. Evolutionary, genetic, developmental, and ecological topics will be discussed. Pre: previous work in philosophy and biology, or consent of instructor. (Same as BIOL 392)

PHIL 393 Normality, Abnormality & Soc (3) Philosophical study of how human diversity interacts with social norms. Topics include health and illness, disability, gender, and sexual orientation. Perspectives from biology and the social sciences are included in a study of how beliefs about normality vary between cultures, change through time, and affect human relations. Pre: Previous work in philosophy or instructor's consent. (Same as WS 393). (Attributes: DH)

PHIL 410 Philosophy of Language (3) (lecture/other) Modern and historical theories of meaning, reference and the relationship between language and knowledge. Discussion of ordinary language, ideal languages and current developments in linguistics. Pre: previous work in philosophy or instructor's consent.

PHIL 412 Philosophy of Nature (3) Examination of the philosophical theories of nature from classical to contemporary texts, and their interaction with questions of metaphysics, identity, the environment, and human freedom.

PHIL 416 Science, Technology & Values (3) Impact of science and technology on various philosophical issues. Through a variety of readings that exemplify the field's content, students will examine the social, political, aesthetic, ethical, economic, and environmental constructs that shape modern institutions in science and technology. (Same as WS 416)

PHIL 430 Philosophy of Zen (3) Chief philosophical teachings of Zen, its methods and cultural influences. Comparative study of Zen and Western thought. Pre: previous work in philosophy or religious studies, or consent of instructor. Recommended: PHIL 302. (Same as JPST 430) (Attributes: DH, GAHP, HPP)

PHIL 435 Daoism (3) Philosophical ideas of Lao Tzu, Zhuangzi, and the Neo- Daoists, and their influences upon the lives of the Chinese and Japanese peoples. Comparative study of Daoist and Western philosophy. Pre: previous work in philosophy or religious studies, or instructor's consent. Recommended: PHIL 301 (Attributes: DH, GAHP, HPP)

PHIL 450 Mahayana Buddhist Phil (3) Important tenets and major schools of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy in India, China, Japan, Tibet, and Hawaiʻi. Comparative study of Mahayana and Western philosophy. Pre: previous work in philosophy, religious studies, or instructor's consent. Recommended: PHIL 302. (Same as JPST 450) (Attributes: DH, GAHP, HPP)

PHIL 480 Nietzsche (3) Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Topics include the death of God, the problem of morality, perspectivism, the overhuman, the will to power, the eternal recurrence, and the relationship between philosophy and art. Pre: PHIL 213 or PHIL 313 or PHIL 360 or consent of instructor.

PHIL 496 Seminar in Philosophy (3) For serious students of philosophy. The topics vary and the course may thus be repeated for credit.

PHIL x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

PHIL x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.