Religion and Philosophy

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A RELIGION and PHILOSOPHY minor from Graceland develops an understanding of and appreciation for a disciplined inquiry into religious and philosophical issues and the place of this inquiry in society. Students study a wide variety of classical and contemporary works in philosophy and religion. By orienting course work toward both the liberal arts tradition and contemporary issues, the division prepares students to understand the cultural context of a complex world, to be innovative, to think critically about practical and theoretical questions, and to articulate their thinking creatively and accurately.

Offerings
Minor
Field of Study
Humanities
Format
Lamoni Campus
Curriculum
  • Religion and Philosophy Minor

    A minor in Religion and Philosophy consists of 18 semester hours or more in Religion and Philosophy.

  • Course list - Religion and Philosophy
    Courses Offered
    • PHIL1100The Philosophy of Death and Dying
      PHIL1100 The Philosophy of Death and Dying - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of philosophical issues related to death and dying. Examines the ethical scope of end-of-life decisions, obligations toward the dead and dying, and appropriate attitudes toward death, including evaluating the possibility of an afterlife. Offered even year springs. ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Innovation. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PHIL1120Basic Ethics (also RELG1120)
      PHIL1120 Basic Ethics (also RELG1120) - 3 s.h.

      Introduction to basic ways of thinking and acting ethically. Examines basic ethical theories, both religious and philosophical, but focuses on practical, daily application of sound values and ethical consciousness. Goal 3E

    • PHIL1200Environmental Ethics
      PHIL1200 Environmental Ethics - 3 s.h.

      An overview of environmental ethics, which analyzes the ethical responsibilities of human beings toward the natural world. Explores the diverse perspectives on and responses to environmental problems and analyzes the ethical underpinnings of these responses and perspectives. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Sustainability

    • PHIL1350Basic Logic
      PHIL1350 Basic Logic - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to the fundamental principles of inductive and deductive logic.

    • PHIL2260The Ethics of Technology
      PHIL2260 The Ethics of Technology - 3 s.h.

      This course introduces the ethical concerns and considerations inherent in modern technology. Focused on key ethical principles (human dignity, goodness, justice, truth, and freedom), the course considers the impact of technology on the human condition. The application of Kant's Categorical Imperative and the precepts of Utilitarianism will be explored, compared, and contrasted. The course fosters a deeper understanding of the ways in which technology, broadly defined, profoundly affects the individual, the society, and the culture. Goal 3E.

    • PHIL2300Basic Issues in Philosophy
      PHIL2300 Basic Issues in Philosophy - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to some of the traditional theories of knowledge, reality, and value, and an interpretation of their relevance to the modern world. Goal 3E

    • PHIL2340Finding Peace in Identity
      PHIL2340 Finding Peace in Identity - 3 s.h.

      A survey of personal identity, appealing to metaphysical and value theoretical issues as they relate to the self. Addresses the influence of memory, collective experience, and narrative on accounts of the nature of persons and assesses ethical implications of the accounts. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • PHIL2360Literature and Philosophy: Ways of Criticizing
      PHIL2360 Literature and Philosophy: Ways of Criticizing - 3 s.h.

      Designed to expose the student to the theory and practice of criticism and help the student develop critical abilities, especially the skills used in responding to works of literature. Includes the study and application of both classic texts and contemporary trends in criticism. Provides active learning opportunities involving the student in the process of criticism. Goal 2B

    • PHIL2370Literature and Philosophy: Ways of Thinking
      PHIL2370 Literature and Philosophy: Ways of Thinking - 3 s.h.

      Designed to familiarize students with the ideas, issues and influences important to the literary and philosophical processes and traditions, such as the concept of self, the problem of evil, and the nature of reality. Goal 2B

    • PHIL2400Science and Religion (also RELG2400)
      PHIL2400 Science and Religion (also RELG2400) - 3 s.h.

      A survey of historical and contemporary relationships between science and religion (mainly in Western culture) from ancient mythology and the pre-Socratic philosophers, through medieval scholasticism, the rise of modern science and theological responses to it, and an examination of selected contemporary perspectives. Students will also examine the nature of faith and the role of faithfulness in scientific inquiry. Goal 2B

    • PHIL2410Reason and Religion
      PHIL2410 Reason and Religion - 3 s.h.

      An examination of issues at the intersection of philosophy and religion. Involves assessment of the rationality of religious and areligious belief, the relationship between morality and religion, and ethical interactions within and among religious traditions. Offered odd year falls. ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PHIL2420World Philosophy
      PHIL2420 World Philosophy - 3 s.h.

      A survey of philosophical worldviews with origins in differing traditions, appealing to historical and contemporary Western and non-Western philosophy. Addresses fundamental philosophical issues from a variety of perspectives and evaluates points of convergence and divergence. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - World Citizenship, ELO3 Ethical Thinking - Innovation

    • PHIL2440Social Dimensions of Equality
      PHIL2440 Social Dimensions of Equality - 3 s.h.

      An examination of different conceptions of ethical social relationships and ethical behavior. Considers varying accounts of theories of value and right action with critical analysis of systemic and social influences on individual and collective interactions. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • PHIL2520Medical Ethics
      PHIL2520 Medical Ethics - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of contemporary ethical issues in modern medicine. The course will begin with an introduction to ethical theories and principles, and then apply these to specific problems in health care. Goal 3E

    • PHIL2900Topics in Philosophy
      PHIL2900 Topics in Philosophy - 1-3 s.h.
    • PHIL3000Individual Study
      PHIL3000 Individual Study - 1-3 s.h.
    • PHIL3100World Philosophies & Religion: Great Texts (also RELG3100)
      PHIL3100 World Philosophies & Religion: Great Texts (also RELG3100) - 3 s.h.

      A reading of great texts in world philosophies and religions; E.g., The Qur'an (Islam), The Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism), The Dhammapada (Buddhism), The Analects of Confucius and Tao Te Ching (Confucianism), the Bible, and other works by important religious/philosophical thinkers, old and new. Goal 3E

    • PHIL3440Process Philosophy and Theology (also RELG3440)
      PHIL3440 Process Philosophy and Theology (also RELG3440) - 3 s.h.

      An examination of a major modern movement in Christian theology that responds to the challenges of science and human sufferings by arguing that God’s power is persuasive rather than coercive, and the supporting view of reality as a web of relationships in process. Special attention will be given to the problems of God, freedom, power, creativity and suffering, and the interpretation of process theology in terms of Christian symbols. Goal 2B

    • PHIL3900Topics in Philosophy
      PHIL3900 Topics in Philosophy - 3 s.h.

      Selected in-depth topics in philosophy. Will deal with perennial problems of epistemology, ontology, cosmology, ethics, and values. Course may be repeated for credit when topics change.

    • PHIL4000Individual Study
      PHIL4000 Individual Study - 1-3 s.h.
    PHIL1100The Philosophy of Death and Dying PHIL1120Basic Ethics (also RELG1120) PHIL1200Environmental Ethics PHIL1350Basic Logic PHIL2260The Ethics of Technology PHIL2300Basic Issues in Philosophy PHIL2340Finding Peace in Identity PHIL2360Literature and Philosophy: Ways of Criticizing PHIL2370Literature and Philosophy: Ways of Thinking PHIL2400Science and Religion (also RELG2400) PHIL2410Reason and Religion PHIL2420World Philosophy PHIL2440Social Dimensions of Equality PHIL2520Medical Ethics PHIL2900Topics in Philosophy PHIL3000Individual Study PHIL3100World Philosophies & Religion: Great Texts (also RELG3100) PHIL3440Process Philosophy and Theology (also RELG3440) PHIL3900Topics in Philosophy PHIL4000Individual Study
    Course Descriptions
    PHIL1100 The Philosophy of Death and Dying - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of philosophical issues related to death and dying. Examines the ethical scope of end-of-life decisions, obligations toward the dead and dying, and appropriate attitudes toward death, including evaluating the possibility of an afterlife. Offered even year springs. ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Innovation. +This course is only offered every other year.

    PHIL1120 Basic Ethics (also RELG1120) - 3 s.h.

    Introduction to basic ways of thinking and acting ethically. Examines basic ethical theories, both religious and philosophical, but focuses on practical, daily application of sound values and ethical consciousness. Goal 3E

    PHIL1200 Environmental Ethics - 3 s.h.

    An overview of environmental ethics, which analyzes the ethical responsibilities of human beings toward the natural world. Explores the diverse perspectives on and responses to environmental problems and analyzes the ethical underpinnings of these responses and perspectives. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Sustainability

    PHIL1350 Basic Logic - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to the fundamental principles of inductive and deductive logic.

    PHIL2260 The Ethics of Technology - 3 s.h.

    This course introduces the ethical concerns and considerations inherent in modern technology. Focused on key ethical principles (human dignity, goodness, justice, truth, and freedom), the course considers the impact of technology on the human condition. The application of Kant's Categorical Imperative and the precepts of Utilitarianism will be explored, compared, and contrasted. The course fosters a deeper understanding of the ways in which technology, broadly defined, profoundly affects the individual, the society, and the culture. Goal 3E.

    PHIL2300 Basic Issues in Philosophy - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to some of the traditional theories of knowledge, reality, and value, and an interpretation of their relevance to the modern world. Goal 3E

    PHIL2340 Finding Peace in Identity - 3 s.h.

    A survey of personal identity, appealing to metaphysical and value theoretical issues as they relate to the self. Addresses the influence of memory, collective experience, and narrative on accounts of the nature of persons and assesses ethical implications of the accounts. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    PHIL2360 Literature and Philosophy: Ways of Criticizing - 3 s.h.

    Designed to expose the student to the theory and practice of criticism and help the student develop critical abilities, especially the skills used in responding to works of literature. Includes the study and application of both classic texts and contemporary trends in criticism. Provides active learning opportunities involving the student in the process of criticism. Goal 2B

    PHIL2370 Literature and Philosophy: Ways of Thinking - 3 s.h.

    Designed to familiarize students with the ideas, issues and influences important to the literary and philosophical processes and traditions, such as the concept of self, the problem of evil, and the nature of reality. Goal 2B

    PHIL2400 Science and Religion (also RELG2400) - 3 s.h.

    A survey of historical and contemporary relationships between science and religion (mainly in Western culture) from ancient mythology and the pre-Socratic philosophers, through medieval scholasticism, the rise of modern science and theological responses to it, and an examination of selected contemporary perspectives. Students will also examine the nature of faith and the role of faithfulness in scientific inquiry. Goal 2B

    PHIL2410 Reason and Religion - 3 s.h.

    An examination of issues at the intersection of philosophy and religion. Involves assessment of the rationality of religious and areligious belief, the relationship between morality and religion, and ethical interactions within and among religious traditions. Offered odd year falls. ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    PHIL2420 World Philosophy - 3 s.h.

    A survey of philosophical worldviews with origins in differing traditions, appealing to historical and contemporary Western and non-Western philosophy. Addresses fundamental philosophical issues from a variety of perspectives and evaluates points of convergence and divergence. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - World Citizenship, ELO3 Ethical Thinking - Innovation

    PHIL2440 Social Dimensions of Equality - 3 s.h.

    An examination of different conceptions of ethical social relationships and ethical behavior. Considers varying accounts of theories of value and right action with critical analysis of systemic and social influences on individual and collective interactions. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    PHIL2520 Medical Ethics - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of contemporary ethical issues in modern medicine. The course will begin with an introduction to ethical theories and principles, and then apply these to specific problems in health care. Goal 3E

    PHIL2900 Topics in Philosophy - 1-3 s.h.
    PHIL3000 Individual Study - 1-3 s.h.
    PHIL3100 World Philosophies & Religion: Great Texts (also RELG3100) - 3 s.h.

    A reading of great texts in world philosophies and religions; E.g., The Qur'an (Islam), The Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism), The Dhammapada (Buddhism), The Analects of Confucius and Tao Te Ching (Confucianism), the Bible, and other works by important religious/philosophical thinkers, old and new. Goal 3E

    PHIL3440 Process Philosophy and Theology (also RELG3440) - 3 s.h.

    An examination of a major modern movement in Christian theology that responds to the challenges of science and human sufferings by arguing that God’s power is persuasive rather than coercive, and the supporting view of reality as a web of relationships in process. Special attention will be given to the problems of God, freedom, power, creativity and suffering, and the interpretation of process theology in terms of Christian symbols. Goal 2B

    PHIL3900 Topics in Philosophy - 3 s.h.

    Selected in-depth topics in philosophy. Will deal with perennial problems of epistemology, ontology, cosmology, ethics, and values. Course may be repeated for credit when topics change.

    PHIL4000 Individual Study - 1-3 s.h.
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