Course Offerings

Course Offerings for Fall 2014 :
Philosophy 100: Introduction to Philosophy (multiple instructors)
Philosophy 102: Introduction to Critical Reasoning (Kalumba)
Philosophy 200: Introduction to Logic (Thorson)
Philosophy 202: Ethics (multiple instructors)
Philosophy 230: Environmental Ethics (Rowland)
Philosophy 310: African Philosophy (Kalumba)
Philosophy 312: Current Issues in Philosophy (Fry)
Philosophy 420: Contemporary Ethical Theory and Problems (Concepcion)

Course Descriptions for Fall 2014:

Philosophy 230: Environmental Ethics
Introduction to and analysis of basic concepts, principles, theories, and issues in environmental ethics.

Philosophy 310: African Philosophy
A critical examination of leading trends in African philosophy. Ethnophilosophy, philosophic sagacity, liberation philosophy, or modern/ critical philosophy are possible topics.

Philosophy 312: Current Issues in Philosophy: Personal Identity
This course will provide a detailed and pluralistic study of personal identity. We will consider the classic questions about what a person is, whether and how a person remains one over time, etc. But the major emphasis will be on the range of contemporary directions for questions of identity. These include reductive explanations, according to which personhood is determined by psychology or biology. But they also include various constructivist and narrativist studies of identity. We will study the roles that social categories (race, gender, etc.) play in our identity, as well as whether it makes sense to think of ourselves as characters in stories.

Philosophy 420: Contemporary Ethical Theory and Problems
A critical examination of recent ethical theories and their application to contemporary problems. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or permission of the instructor. 

Some of our frequently offered courses are listed below.  For course descriptions see the course catalog.

100 Introduction to Philosophy
200 Logic
202 Ethics
203 Social Philosophy
230 Environmental Ethics
300 History of Ancient Philosophy
302 History of Modern Philosophy
303 American Philosophy
304 Philosophy of Sport
305 Introduction to Logical Theory
306 Contemporary Philosophy
310 African Philosophy
312 Current Issues in Philosophy
404 Metaphysics
410 Theory of Knowledge
415 Professional and Practical Ethics
420 Contemporary Ethical Theory and Problems

At Ball State you may choose a departmental major or minor in philosophy or religious studies. There are no admission requirements for these programs, but to remain enrolled you must maintain the minimum grade-point average established by the university. The major and minor programs are part of a four-year undergraduate education leading to a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree.

Philosophy and Religious Studies
North Quad 204
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays)
Phone: 765-285-1244
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