Click on the semester links to view our course offerings through the fall. The descriptions
below reflect how they will appear in the next course catalog. Almost all prerequisites
have been eliminated!
2013 - 2014: summer Φ fall Φ spring Φ intersession
2012 - 2013: summer Φ fall Φ spring Φ intersession
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1000-level Φ 2000-level Φ 3000-level Φ 4000/G-level
PHIL 1000: Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr.): An introductory study of basic philosophical concepts and problems.
PHIL 1050: Reasoning (3 cr.): A study of the methods of understanding, analyzing, and criticizing arguments.
The emphasis will be on increasing one's practical skills as a critical thinker. The
arguments will be of the sort encountered in day-to-day life, e.g, those found in
advertisements, newspaper editorials, and political campaigns.
PHIL 1100: Introduction to Logic (3 cr.): An introduction to the study of the methods and principles used to distinguish
good reasoning from bad reasoning. Following the study of informal logic, the focus
will shift to formal deductive reasoning, including sentential logic.
PHIL 1200: Social Ethics (3 cr.): A study of representative issues of contemporary social concern, such as
capital punishment, civil disobedience, abortion, violence, racial and sexual discrimination.
Emphasis will be on clarifying the ethical and other philosophical assumptions underlying
the issues and on careful analysis of arguments.
PHIL 2093/2094/2095: Independent Work (1 cr.): May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of department. Reading,
conferences, and reports under the direction of a member of the Philosophy faculty.
PHIL 2201: Ethics (3 cr.): A study of concepts of right and wrong, good and evil, and their grounds.
PHIL 2205: Social and Political Philosophy (3 cr.): An introduction to theories and problems concerning the nature and justification,
if any, of society, authority, and the state.
PHIL 2207: Philosophy of Law (3 cr.): A critical examination, at an introductory level, of questions concerning
the nature and foundations of law, the relation of law and morality and law and society,
and of key concepts such as responsibility and punishment.
PHIL 2222: Philosophy of Sex and Love (3 cr.): An investigation of the nature of sex and the nature of love, and of the
conceptual relationship between them. The course draws on both classical and contemporary
Philosophy, and addresses social and ethical issues about sexual behavior and love.
PHIL 2244: Engineering Ethics (1 cr.): This course will examine ethical issues arising in the professional and social-policy
aspects of engineering. Coverage includes such topics as: codes of professional ethics,
methods of moral problem solving, honesty, risk, responsibilities to employers and
to the public, technology and the environment, and moral issues in management, research,
PHIL 2311: History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 cr.): A survey of Philosophy from the early Greeks through the middle ages including
such philosophers as the Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and
PHIL 2312: History of Modern Philosophy (3 cr.): A survey of Philosophy since the beginning of the 17th century, including
such philosophers as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, and
PHIL 2314: American Philosophy (3 cr.): Readings in American Philosophy and its sources, including such thinkers
as Edwards, Jefferson, Emerson, Peirce, James, Royce, Dewey, Santayana, and Whitehead.
PHIL 2411: Philosophy of Language (3 cr.): A critical survey and analysis of philosophical theories of meaning, reference,
analyticity, synonymy, truth, and the relation of language to reality.
PHIL 2413: Contemporary Philosophy (3 cr.): A survey of selected important philosophical developments since 1900.
PHIL 2450: Philosophy of Mind (3 cr.): A critical survey and analysis of major problems in the Philosophy of mind:
personal identity, the existence of other minds, the relationship of mind and body.
PHIL 2701: Religions of the East (3 cr.): A systematic analysis of the doctrine and practices of major religions outside
the Judaeo-Christian tradition; such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Taoism,
and others, including the influence of Islam. Particular attention will be given to
the philosophical presuppositions of each religion.
PHIL 2702: Religions of the West (3 cr.): A systematic analysis of the doctrine and practice of the "religions of Abraham":
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Particular attention will be given to the philosophical
presuppositions of each religion.
PHIL 3001: Senior Honors Thesis (3 cr.): Prerequisite: consent of department and Director of the Honors Program. Must
be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours in order to graduate With Honors
in Philosophy. Directed research leading to the writing of a Senior Honors Thesis.
Credit for this course will not be counted toward the 30 hours of philosophy courses
required for a major in philosophy. Successful completion of this course satisfies
the PHIL 3030 requirement.
PHIL 3030: Individual Senior Seminar (1 cr.): Prerequisite: consent of department. Required of all philosophy majors during
their senior year. Under the direction of a faculty member, the student prepares a
senior qualifying paper which will be evaluated by the department as a whole. Successful
completion of this course satisfies the general degree requirement for oral competency.
PHIL 3094: Directed Readings in Philosophy (3 cr.): Prerequisite: consent of department. May be taken 2 times for a maximum of
6 credit hours.
PHIL 3095: Special Topics in Philosophy (3 cr.): May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Topic varies.
PHIL 3101: Advanced Logic (3 cr.): A study of the semantics of formal languages, including proofs of the consistency
and completeness of the propositional and first-order predicate logics. The course
may also include discussion of such non-standard logics as multi-valued, modal, and
PHIL 3201: Advanced Ethics (3 cr.): A systematic study of major positions, problems, and concepts in ethical
theory, as represented in classical and contemporary works.
PHIL 3232: Medical Ethics (3 cr.): A critical exploration of basic moral issues in medical practice and research,
such as: genetic engineering, abortion, euthanasia, paternalism, truth-telling, confidentiality,
informed consent, distribution of resources, and experimentation on human and nonhuman
PHIL 3250: Philosophy of the Arts (3 cr.): A critical inquiry into the nature of artistic production, performance, enjoyment,
and evaluation. What is art? How does the concept apply to music, literature, painting,
sculpture, architecture, dance, theatre? What is the "aesthetic" experience? These
and other questions will be explored through discussion of relevant readings and examples.
PHIL 3301: The Philosophy of Plato (3 cr.): A close reading of the most famous and influential dialogues of the fourth-century
B.C. Athenian Plato, the first great systematic thinker of Western Philosophy and
the creator of some of the basic concepts of Western culture.
PHIL 3302: The Philosophy of Aristotle (3 cr.): Aristotle's ideas are examined through careful analysis of his main works
with emphasis on his criticisms of the basic theories of his teacher, Plato, and Aristotle's
influence on subsequent Western Philosophy, literature, and science.
PHIL 3331: Continental Rationalism and the 17th Century (3 cr.): Readings in Seventeenth Century thinkers such as Descartes, Spinoza, and
Leibniz, whose speculations about the structure of existence helped form the theoretical
framework of modern science. Their fundamental ideas about the nature and limits of
human knowledge will be examined.
PHIL 3332: British Empiricism and the Eighteenth Century (3 cr.): A study of the doctrines and arguments of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume who exerted
a formative influence on the development of Philosophy, science, politics, and literature.
PHIL 3333: The Philosophy of Immanuel Kant (3 cr.): A study of the main doctrines and arguments of Immanuel Kant, 18th Century
philosopher who revolutionized ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and epistemology.
PHIL 3334: German Idealism and the Nineteenth Century (3 cr.): A study of the most important ideas in continental philosophical speculation
during the generations immediately after Kant; major figures include Hegel and his
contemporaries, such as Fichte, Schelling, and Schopenhauer, whose metaphysical theories
exerted considerable influence on the Romantic movement and on Marxism and other forms
PHIL 3400: Metaphysics (3 cr.): An examination of fundamental issues and problems in metaphysics, such as
the nature of reality, universals, personal identity, persistence through change,
space, and time.
PHIL 3401: Theories of Knowledge (3 cr.): A philosophical investigation of the meaning, varieties, limits, and grounds
of human knowledge.
PHIL 3415: Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy (3 cr.): An introduction to the doctrines, methods, and themes of phenomenology in
the context of twentieth century continental Philosophy, with attention to the growing
impact of phenomenology on American philosophers, social scientists, and literary
critics. This course will involve a careful study of the work of important figures
in the phenomenological movement such as Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty,
Schutz, and others.
PHIL 3422: Analytic Philosophy (3 cr.): An examination of the methods and doctrines of the leading approach to Philosophy
in the twentieth century in the English-speaking world. Such thinkers as Wittgenstein,
Russell, Moore, Carnap, Austin, and Quine will be discussed.
PHIL 3430: Philosophy of the Natural Sciences (3 cr.): An examination in detail of the outstanding problems, positions, and achievements
within contemporary Philosophy of science. Attention will be given to issues arising
from both the physical and the biological sciences.
PHIL 3431: Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3 cr.): A philosophical examination of theories, laws, explanations, and concepts
in contemporary social sciences such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics,
PHIL 3450: Philosophical Psychology (3 cr.): A critical inquiry into the philosophical aspects of concepts such as intentionality,
thought, consciousness, motivation, emotion, and action.
PHIL 3480: Philosophy of Religion (3 cr.): A systematic study of such issues as implications of religious experience,
attempted proof of the existence (or nonexistence) of God (or gods), the problem of
divine foreknowledge, and the problem of evil.
PHIL 3500: The Philosophy of Wittgenstein (3 cr.): A close and critical examination of the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein, widely
regarded as the most important philosopher of the 20th Century.
PHIL 3511: Existentialism (3 cr.): A careful examination of the views of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger,
Sartre, and other thinkers associated with one of the 20th Century's most widely influential
PHIL 3595: Academic Year Abroad: Special Topics in Philosophy (3 cr.): May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours. This course is only
offered through UNO's Academic Year Abroad (AYA) in Innsbruck, Austria.
PHIL 4027/G: Philosophy of Heidegger (3 cr.): This course will examine fundamental issues in the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger,
the influential 20th century German thinker whose 1927 book, Being and Time, laid
the foundation for existentialism, and whose later work helped shape "postmodernist"
discourse. The nature of his thought, and the basis of his multifaceted influence
on metaphysics, phenomenology, aesthetics, literary theory, religion, social science,
and other areas will be examined.
PHIL 4200/G: Health Promotion Ethics (3 cr.): (EDHS 4200 and PHIL 4200 are cross-listed) This course will examine ethical
issues arising in the professional and social-policy aspects of health promotion.
Coverage includes such topics as: "fact," "value," and "knowledge" regarding health;
moral codes in health promotion; concepts of efficiency, fairness, autonomy, and privacy
in health contexts; and special moral problems concerning sex, drugs, food, pain,
aging, death, health on the job, and generational equality.
PHIL 4205/G: Environmental Ethics (3 cr.): A philosophical study of theories and problems concerning the moral relationship
between human beings and the non-human world, including animals and ecosystems.
Distance Learning Courses
Because the department offers an online B.A. in Philosophy, we offer a variety of
distance learning courses. The following is a list of such courses that have been
offered previously, will be offered this year, or are in development:
- PHIL 1000-476: Introduction to Philosophy (iTunes U)
- PHIL 2201-476: Ethics (iTunes U)
- PHIL 2312-476: History of Modern Philosophy (iTunes U)
- PHIL 2450-476: Philosophy of Mind (iTunes U)
- PHIL 3030-001: Individual Senior Seminar (teleconference)
- PHIL 3095-466: Special Topics in Philosophy: Nietzsche (compressed video)
- PHIL 3095-476: Special Topics in Philosophy: Darwin and the Evolution of Thought (iTunes U)
- PHIL 4027-476: Philosophy of Heidegger (iTunes U)
- PHIL 4205-476: Environmental Ethics (iTunes U)
- PHIL 3480-476: Philosophy of Religion (iTunes U) Spring 2014
- PHIL 3430-476: Philosophy of the Natural Sciences (iTunes U) Fall 2014
- PHIL 1100-476: Introduction to Logic (iTunes U) Spring 2015