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2017-2018 Academic Catalog | Philosophy- CAS



Dr. Steven Gable, Associate Professor of Philosophy (program chair)


Philosophy explores the ideas, values, principles, and arguments through which we shape our lives and our learning. The study of philosophy engages students in living the examined life and in developing intellectual abilities important for life as a whole beyond the knowledge and skills required for any particular profession. It supports graduate studies in philosophy as well as certain professions, like law, the ministry, and government service; and it complements other interests, such as literature, political science, sociology, and education. It develops analytical, critical, and interpretive capacities needed to pursue other disciplines and to engage with life in general. It develops discipline and motivation to confront problems for which there are no easy answers. A strong education in philosophy thus enhances the human capacity to respond wisely and prudently to the challenges of personal, professional, and public life.

Trinity's mission as a Catholic university committed to the empowerment of women and to the advancement of social justice calls for an in-depth analysis of the ways in which philosophical ideas both contribute to and militate against the human flourishing of people of all genders, races, classes, and ethnic groups. The Program offers the opportunity for such analysis.

The Program in Philosophy supports Trinity's general education curriculum with its emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of human knowledge. The courses offered all emphasize the foundational assumptions of the traditional disciplines and examine the ways in which these assumptions are interrelated.

The Program also supports all the College's majors and allows for students to construct an individualized or interdisciplinary major.

Minor Requirements

The minor requires the completion of ANY six philosophy courses (18 credits).

 Program Policies

CLEP Policy:
Credits earned through CLEP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the philosophy minor.

Grades in Minor Courses:
Students are required to earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the minor.

Pass/No Pass:
With the exception of practica and internships, courses fulfilling minor requirements may not be taken pass/no pass.

Study Abroad:
Students may meet minor requirements with courses taken during their study abroad.

TELL Policy:
The Philosophy Program supports and encourages the College's TELL Policy. Students applying for experiential learning credits should consult with the program faculty.

Transfer Credits:
Transfer credit from appropriately accredited institutions of higher learning may be counted for minor requirements, dependent on program review and approval. Associations recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA) confer appropriate accreditation; these associations include but are not limited to regional accreditors.

Course Descriptions

PHIL 150 Critical Reasoning and Oral Argumentation
PHIL 101 Logic and Problem Solving
PHIL 103 Reasoning and Argumentation
PHIL 105 Introduction to Propositional Logic
PHIL 211 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 215 Modern Philosophy
PHIL 225 Islamic Philosophy
PHIL 231 Current Issues in Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 233 Meaning and Influence of Private Property
PHIL 235 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 237 Women and Philosophy
PHIL 241 Introduction to Theoretical Ethics
PHIL 245 Ethics I
PHIL 251 Bioethics
PHIL 252 Practical Ethics
PHIL 253 Business and Professional Ethics
PHIL 255 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 320 Philosophical Logic: Creative Problem
PHIL 341 Moral Psychology
PHIL 345 Ethics II
PHIL 351 Bioethics for Health Care Professionals
PHIL 361 Readings in the Theory of Knowledge
PHIL 365 Readings in the Philosophy of Science
PHIL 449 Seminar in Ethics
PHIL 455 Seminar in Existentialism
PHIL 465 Seminar on Dissent
PHIL 491 Internship
PHIL 498 Independent Study
ICAE 320 Philosophical Logic: Creative Problem

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