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PHI 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

Description: Recommended as a fundamental humanities course for all students, a traditional introduction to philosophy with emphasis on analyzing and contrasting the viewpoints of certain major philosophers on the nature of man and ultimate reality; the problem of knowledge; the criteria of moral judgment; and the basic goals of human life. The relevance of the great philosophers to present-day issues is stressed. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-HUM, WESH Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 102 - Contemporary Philosophy

Description: PHI 101 is not a prerequisite. This course introduces students to philosophy through contemporary texts. Readings focus on the problem of meaning to explore analytic and continental philosophy. Philosophers studied include Sartre, Wittgenstein, Arendt, Cassirer, Dewey, Russell and others. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-HUM, WESH Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 103 - Critical Thinking

Description: This course stresses sensitivity to form as it teaches the student to identify and evaluate different types of arguments found in ordinary language. Basic concepts include deduction, induction, soundness, validity, invalidity, formal and informal fallacies, clarifying meaning, assumption identification, and causal inferences. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-HUM Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 104 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Description: An introduction to philosophy from an historical perspective; a systematic survey of the major philosophers from the ancient and medieval world; how they analyzed the great problems of nature, man, and society; how they were influenced by their culture and what significance they have for us today. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-HUM, WESH Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 105 - Renaissance and Modern Philosophy

Description: A systematic survey of the major philosophers from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 20th century; how they analyzed the great problems of nature, man, and society; how they were influenced by their culture; and what significance they have for us today. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-HUM, WESH Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 106 - Introduction to Ethics

Description: This course introduces students to problems in moral philosophy. The class focuses on the theoretical foundations for judgments about right and wrong, good and evil, and justice and injustice. Special attention will be paid to how these theories can help us to address issues such as the death penalty, euthanasia, and terrorism. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-HUM, WESH Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 108 - Black Social Philosophy

Prerequisites: Students must have satisfied all ENG and RDG remediation requirements prior to starting the course.

Description: (Dual listed with AFR 170). An examination of the social philosophy of thinkers such as Du Bois, Garvey, King and Fanon. Particular attention is paid to oppression and the struggle for self-identity. The ideals of freedom, equality, justice and community are carefully considered. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-HUM, PLDI Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 110 - Biomedical Ethics

Description: An inquiry into the ethical problems raised by recent biomedical advances, research and clinical practice in our 20th-century culture. Genetic research, stem cell research, abortion, human experimentation, cloning, delivery of health care services, transplantation and allocation of scarce medical services, suicide and euthanasia are the main topics to be treated. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-HUM Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 111 - Business Ethics

Description: This course explores the ethical dimensions of the conduct of business and shows how philosophical reflection can aid in the discovery of rational solutions to critical problems in the world of business and economics. By focusing on selected issues, such as individual and corporate morality, profit making and social conscience, advertising and consumerism, environmental ethics and resource development, the course highlights the conflicting interests that must be weighed in arriving at decisions of major importance to business and society. Contemporary materials and studies are utilized as well as readings from traditional philosophers. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-HUM Offered: Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 201 - Ethics and Law

Description: Recommended for all students and especially pertinent for pre-Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration students, the course examines the ethical foundations and moral implications of our legal tradition. Emphasis is placed upon the analysis of key concepts of legal and philosophical importance such as justice, freedom, equality, rights, duties and property. The course utilizes readings of contemporary relevance such as recent Supreme Court decisions as well as of historical influence. Topics discussed include human rights, natural law, social justice, environmental ethics and property rights, and capital punishment among others. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-HUM, WESH Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 203 - Philosophy of Art

Description: A philosophic examination of the nature and value of art. Readings from major philosophers on art and its relation to religion, morals and culture in general. Specific works of art are used as illustrations. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-HUM, WESH Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 204 - Philosophy of Religion

Description: A critical examination of the nature of religion and varieties of religious experience. Topics considered include the nature and existence of God, miracles, reason and revelation, morality and religious experience. Readings are drawn from major philosophers and theologians. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-HUM Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy

PHI 208 - Asian Philosphy and Religion

Description: An examination of the major living Asian philosophies and religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. The ethical, mystical and metaphysical dimensions of each are considered. Major texts from each tradition are placed in their historical contexts, read and discussed. The significance for us today is stressed. SUNY GEN ED-GHUM; NCC GEN ED-GLNW, HUM, PLDI Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Philosophy