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307. Marx and Marxism
Primary emphasis on reading a comprehensive and balanced selection of the writings of Karl
Marx. Reading will include some leading Marxists such as Lenin, Mao Zedong, and Marcuse.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Alternate years. (Humanities)

308. Twentieth Century Philosophy
Study of philosophers such as Wittgenstein, Russell, Dewey, Heidegger, Foucault, and Rorty.
Analytic philosophy, pragmatism, and continental philosophy, including postmodernism, will be
examined. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Offered every second or third year. (Humanities)

309. Existentialism
Reflections on death, the meaning of life, absurdity, alienation, despair, freedom, and the self.
Study of selected works of Simone De Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and Jean Paul Sartre.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Alternate years. (Humanities)

352. Philosophy of Feminism
Exploration of philosophical theories on the nature of women, feminist critiques of Western
philosophy, and current issues in feminist ethics, multicultural feminism, and feminist
epistemology with application to social debates such as sex-based work, body image, and
discrimination. This course also counts towards the GSS major. Prerequisite: sophomore
standing. Alternate years. (Humanities)

353. Philosophy of Law
Inquiry into the nature of law, and its relation to morality and society through both classical and
contemporary legal theories. Specific issues covered include liberty, justice, responsibility, and
punishment employing actual legal cases. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Alternate years.
(Humanities)

354. Political Philosophy
Intensive study of the work of a major political philosopher, such as A Theory of Justice by John
Rawls or Plato's The Laws. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Offered every third year.
(Humanities)

355. Philosophy of Religion
Philosophical examination of the major concepts and claims of the Western religious tradition.
Topics to be discussed include the nature and existence of God, the problem of evil, the nature of
religious language, the relation between faith and reason, and the possibility of religious
knowledge. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Alternate years. (Humanities)

356. Philosophy of Science
Examination of science as a source of information about the world. Topics include the structure
of scientific confirmation and explanation, the nature of scientific knowledge and progress, the
difference between science and pseudo-science, and the moral evaluation of science.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Alternate years. (Humanities)

357. Philosophy in Literature
Philosophical study of selected works of world literature by authors such as Mishima, De
Beauvoir, Calvino, Clark, and Rand. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Alternate years.
(Humanities)

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