Philosophy (PHL) Courses

PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course offers an introduction to Western Philosophy by moving sequentially through the four historical eras of Philosophy. Those eras follow: The Classical Era, the Medieval Era, the Modern Era and the Postmodern Era. Each of these four eras uniquely embody these philosophical concerns: What is the nature of reality (cosmology or metaphysics)? What is the nature of being (ontology)? How do I come to know something, and how do I know that I know it (epistemology)? Is there a God or gods (Philosophy of Religion)? What is the best life to live, and how do I live it (ethics)? What are beauty and the utterly personal experience of pleasure and satisfaction (aesthetics)?  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

PHL 103 Ethics (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course offers an introduction to Ethics. The primary ethical question is, “What is the best life, and how can I live it?” In reply to the primary ethical question this course evaluates the two foundational approaches to ethics, teleology (consequentialism) and deontology. Teleological approaches justify a behavior by judging the consequence which it produces; the ends justify the means. Deontological approaches begin by understanding the moral essence of the ethical agent and unpack the implications thereof; the means justify the ends. Understanding the difference in these emphases is central to meta-ethics. There exist eight distinct ethical theories found within the Western Philosophy. Those theories are as follows: egoism, hedonism, naturalism (Virtue Theory), utilitarianism, Kantianism, relativism, contractualism and theologism (Divine Command Theory). The first four of these theories (egoism, hedonism, naturalism and utilitarianism) are teleological approaches. The second four (Kantianism, relativism, contractualism and theologism) are deontological approaches.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

PHL 105 Philosophy of Religion (3-0) 3 hrs.

The purpose of this course is to examine from a critical, philosophical perspective the various beliefs and practices of religion; problems associated with classical theism; the uniqueness of religious language; arguments for and against immortality; the challenge modern science poses to religion; and the notions of salvation, liberation, etc. As such, this course is to investigate religion in a way that is historically informed, theologically sophisticated, and philosophically challenging.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

PHL 113 Technical Ethics (3-0) 3 hrs.

In this writing and research based ethics course, first-year computer science students will examine the general relationship between ethics and professional life and the particular consequences of ethical choices. This course prepares students for ethical issues in the field of computer science as well as higher-level writing-enhanced courses. Prerequisite: ENG 101. This course carries SUNY General Education Basic Communication: Written and Humanities credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

PHL 170 Ethical Considerations in Health Care (3-0) 3 hrs.

The purpose of this course is to involve the student in reading and discussing medical issues from an ethical perspective to create depth in our awareness of the moral problems that cannot be ignored and more often than not, cannot necessarily be solve. The scope of this course will entail examination of different ethical approaches to moral problems in medicine and their success or failure in a broad range of medical issues, including the physician-patient relationship, the role of the nurse, euthanasia and death with dignity, rights to health care/costs of health care and an examination for important concepts such as autonomy, paternalism, rights, consent, confidentiality, among others. This course carries SUNY General Education credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF