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Philosophy


John Uglietta, Chair
Mackinac Hall B3-105
Allendale, Michigan 49401

Christine DeMichieli, Office Coordinator
Email: phidept@gvsu.edu
Tel (616) 331-2114
Fax (616) 331-2601




 

 

The Department of Philosophy offers both a Major and a Minor in Philosophy. The Department counts 21 full-time faculty members working in a variety of specialties.

The Department's international faculty is made of active scholars who are committed to undergraduate education. They are at Grand Valley to share their expertise in a wide variety of philosophical schools, national traditions, historical periods, and specialized areas of philosophical work.

The curriculum is designed to provide a foundation of solid understanding of the history of philosophy, but also to encourage students to pursue work in their own areas of interest. Formal coursework is only one part of the Philosophy student's education. Since inquiry and study are most fruitful when conducted in a vital community of fellow scholars, the Department is committed to offering a number of excellent learning opportunities that go beyond traditional classroom structures.


 

Winter 2016 Course Offerings of Interest

If you are interested in exploring or, perhaps, majoring in Philosophy, here are some classes you may be interested in taking in Fall 2015.  If you have any questions regarding the courses, please contact the instructor of course via email for more information.

 

PHI 311 Ancient Great Philosophers MWF 12:00-12:50pm; Professor Crane

A study of one or several ancient great philosophers, such as: the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius. Focus will be on the philosophers' writings, but attention also will be given to context and tradition. Cross-listed with CLA 311. May be repeated for credit if content varies. Prerequisite: Prior work in philosophy, or permission of instructor. Three credits.

PHI 314 Late Modern Great Philosophers TR 4:00-5:15pm; Professor Castelao-Lawless

A study of one or several later modern great philosophers beginning with Kant, such as Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marx. Focus will be on the philosopher's writings, but attention will also be given to context and tradition. Course may be repeated if content differs. Three credits.  Prerequisite: Prior work in philosophy or permission of instructor. 

PHI 315 Recent Great Philosophers TR 11:30am-12:45pm; Professor Spear

A study of one or several recent great philosophers, such as: Kierkegaard, Marx, James, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Dewey, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Peirce, Whitehead. Focus will be on the philosophers' writings, but attention also will be given to context and tradition. Prerequisite: Prior work in philosophy, or permission of instructor. Three credits

PHI 320 Social and Political Philosophy: Liberty and Justice MWF 11:00-11:50am; Professor Uglietta

An analytical study of the intellectual appropriation of the concept of freedom over time. Emphasis will be given to the dynamic interaction between freedom and social control in classic and contemporary western philosophy. Prerequisite: Junior Standing. Part of Human Rights Issue. Three credits.

PHI 343 Philosophy of Religion MWF 2:00-2:50pm; Professor Moes

Does God exist? Is there a life after death? How did evil enter the world? Is there any place for reason in religion, or is religious faith only a matter of subjective experience? Questions like these will be considered, as well as the answers that have been given to them by some important religious philosophers. Prerequisite: Prior work in philosophy, or permission of instructor. Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements. Three credits.

 

PHI 440 Epistemology TR 2:30-3:45pm; Professor Spear

What is knowledge? What is the relation of knower to known? How is knowledge distinguished from belief? What are the nature and ground of certainty? Varieties of objectivism and subjectivism, ancient and modern, will be considered. Prerequisite: Prior work in philosophy, or permission of instructor. Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements. Three credits.

 

PHI 470  Philosophy of Language TR 11:30am-12:45 am; Professor Loeffler

A survey course in the philosophy of language. Topics include theories of meaning, truth, and reference; meaning and interpretation; semantics vs. pragmatics; speech acts; language and thought; knowledge of language. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor. Three credits.

 


Colloquium Series

All are invited to attend our series of colloquium presentations by GVSU faculty and guests. Colloquium Events for Winter 2016 Semester will  be held on select Friday's from 3:00-4:30pm in BL110 MAK. Click this link for Winter 2016 Colloquium Events:  /cms3/assets/51A319D4-C471-448C-2F6BF09801718462/gvsuphicolloquiawint2016.pdf. Please contact Andrew Spear with questions at speara@gvsu.edu.


 

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