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Academics

The Philosophy Minor

The philosophy offerings at Texas A&M University - Kingsville are designed to provide electives for students in any major area, but especially in the liberal arts. TAMUK students may earn a minor in philosophy with a minimum of 18 semester hours.


Course Description

PHIL 1301. Introduction to Philosophy     
Inquiries into the nature of the self, the universe, and society as they relate to various definitions of reality, truth, and value with readings from major works of classical and modern philosophers. 3(3-0)

PHIL 2303. Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking 
Surveys inductive and deductive reasoning and the lexicon of scientific explanation. Topics include fallacies of reasoning, syllogistics, propositional logic, and aspects of moral and legal reasoning.

PHIL 3301. Logic of Critical Thinking
Examines inductive and deductive reasoning and the lexicon of scientific explanation. Surveys simple logic and inspects fallacious reasoning in detail. 3(3-0)

PHIL 3311. Foundations of Professional Ethics
Overview of traditional and contemporary theories in ethics and the associated application to current ethical problems in representative professional fields. 3(3-0)

PHIL 3313. Applied Ethics
An introduction to contemporary moral issues including corporate responsibility, abortion, capital punishment, drug legalization, animal rights, gay marriage, economic equality, free speech and environmental ethics. 3(3-0)

PHIL 3315. Philosophy of Religion
A philosophical examination of issues basic to religion, including the relation of faith to symbols and language, religious understandings of the nature of man, the traditional proofs for God's existence, the relationship of religion to philosophy, to culture, to science, and to morality. 3(3-0)

PHIL 3321. History of Western Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval
A study of significant Western philosophers and philosophies from the pre-Socratics through the Medieval period. 3(3-0)

PHIL 3322. History of Western Philosophy: Modern and Contemporary
A study of significant Western philosophers and philosophies from the Renaissance through contemporary philosophers of the late 20th century. 3(3-0)

PHIL 3323. Non-Western Philosophy
Historical and critical study of non-European philosophical traditions with emphasis on South and East Asia. 3(3-0)

PHIL 3346. Symbolic Logic
Surveys propositional and quantificational logic. Topics include translations between formal languages and English, logical consequence, formal methods of proof and lements of metatheory. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of PHIL or MATH or consent of instructor.

PHIL 4303. Philosophy of Mind     
Surveys the nature of consciousness and the mind-body problem. Topics include the question whether computers could think, dualism, functionalism, mental causation and mental representation. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of PHIL or PSYC or consent of instructor.

PHIL 4305. Epistemology    
Surveys theories of knowledge and skepticism. Topics include a priori knowledge, foundationalism, coherentism, theories of perception, externalism and contextualism. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of PHIL or consent of instructor.

PHIL 4337. Philosophy of Language  
Surveys topics such as speech acts, truth and meaning, proper names, demonstratives, propositional attitudes, conversational implicature and private language. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of PHIL or consent of instructor.

PHIL 4394. Special Problems in Philosophy
Essential topics in philosophy which are not currently included in the curriculum. 3(3-0)

This page was last updated on: January 24, 2014