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EpistemeLinks.com
Includes over 16,000 categorized links to philosophy resources on the internet and has several additional features. Begin browsing the site by using the Philosophers or Topics links, or by using one of the specific link category sections.
Philosopher's Index Search Centre Library's comprehensive index of articles and books in philosophy
Philosophy Pages
This site contains: the Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names, a survey of the History of Western Philosophy. A Timeline for the intellectual figures discussed here. Detailed discussion of several major Philosophers. Summary treatment of the elementary principles of Logic, and links to other philosophy sites on the Internet.
The American Philosophical Association
The American Philosophical Association is the main professional organization for philosophers in the United States.  Founded in 1900, its mission is to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers, and to represent philosophy as a discipline.
The Philosophical Gourmet Report
A Ranking of Graduate Programs in Philosophy in the English-Speaking World
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Articles on terms, schools of thought, and philosophers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FACULTY

Eva Cadavid
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
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Telephone: 859-238-5945
Email: eva.cadavid@centre.edu

Eva Cadavid joined Centre's faculty in 2008 as an instructor of philosophy. Before coming to Centre, Cadavid taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and also taught as an adjunct instructor at the Eastman School of Music.

She graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in chemistry. She received herr M.A. and Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Rochester.

Brian P. Cooney
Stodghill Professor of Philosophy

Telephone: 859-238-5268
Email: brian.cooney@centre.edu
Web Page: http://web.centre.edu/cooneyb

Brian Cooney is professor of philosophy at Centre College, where he has taught since 1980.

Cooney has pursued research in the field of philosophical psychology and the mind/brain relationship. He is the author of A Hylomorphic Theory of Mind, published by Peter Lang Inc. in 1992.

He has edited and provided commentary for an anthology of readings in the philosophy of mind entitled The Place of Mind from Wadsworth Publishing Company (2000).

He is also the author of Posthumanity--Thinking Philosophically About the Future from Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Company (2004), which deals with the ways in which future technology will enable us to alter our minds and bodies

Cooney holds a B.A. in classics and philosophy from Saint Louis University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from McGill University.

W. David Hall
Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy

Telephone: 859-238-5269
Email: halld@centre.edu
Web Page: http://web.centre.edu/halld

W. David Hall joined the Centre faculty in 2002 as assistant professor of religion, and in 2005 received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching. Prior to coming to Centre College, he taught for two years as visiting assistant professor of religious studies at DePaul University in Chicago.

Dr. Hall's primary research interest is 19th and 20th century European thought. He is co-editor of and contributor to a recent volume of essays entitled Paul Ricoeur and Contemporary Moral Thought. His approach is broadly interdisciplinary, addressing currents within philosophy, literary theory, psychology, and sociology, and their impact on contemporary theology and ethics. One of his particular interests concerns the manner in which religious texts and discourse function poetically and rhetorically.

Dr. Hall received a B.A. in rhetoric from California State University in Sacramento. He attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, where he received an M.Div. and a PH.D.

Daniel Kirchner
Visiting Instructor of Philosophy

Telephone: 859-238-5348
E-mail: daniel.kirchner@centre.edu

Daniel Kirchner joined Centre's faculty in 2009 as visiting instructor of philosophy.

His areas of interest include 19th century philosophy, ethics, ancient philosophy, political philosophy, and history of modern philosophy.

Kirchner received a B.A. in international relations and German from Johns Hopkins University, a M.T.S. from Harvard University Divinity School, and his Ph.D. is expected in 2009 from Indiana University.

Andrew Roche
Assistant Professor of Philosophy



Telephone: 859-238-5462
E-mail: andrew.roche@centre.edu

Andrew Roche joined the Centre faculty in 2009 as an assistant professor of philosophy. His research interests include Kant's theoretical philosophy, early modern philosophy, and the philosophy of mind.

He received his BA degree in philosophy and French from Amherst College and his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Centre, he taught at the University of Oklahoma and at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

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Milton Scarborough
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion

Telephone: 859-238-8754
E-mail: mscarb@centre.edu

Milton Scarborough is author of Myth and Modernity:Postcritical Reflections (State University of New York Press, 1994). The book evaluates modern hostility to myth and shows its presence in the most sophisticated products of philosophy and science.

In addition to his scholarly interests in myth and the human imagination, Scarborough has taught world religions, Buddhist thought, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, and phenomenology. He has received study grants and fellowships from the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also writes articles on myth and Buddhist-Christian dialogue.

Scarborough has been active in a wide range of community ventures, volunteering his time for Scouting, Habitat for Humanity, social services agencies, and electoral politics.

A graduate of the University of Mississippi (B.A. in English), Scarborough holds a bachelor of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Christianity and culture from Duke University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major/Minor Requirements

Requirements for the Major

One of PHI 110, 130, 140, 160 or 170;
PHI 210 and 220 and six PHI courses numbered 300 or higher, including PHI 310 and 500.
Note: Students may substitute PHI 130 for 310 but must still have a total of six PHI courses numbered 300 or higher.


Requirements for the Minor

One of PHI 110, 130, 140, 160 or 170;
PHI 210 and 220 and three PHI courses numbered 300 or higher.

Philosophy Courses

PHI 110 Introduction to Philosophy
A course designed to acquaint students with the kinds of questions dealt with in various areas of philosophy and with the methods of philosophical reasoning. Topics include several of the following: free will and determinism, arguments for the existence of God, the justification of moral judgments, social justice, the relationship between the mental and the physical, and the grounds of human knowledge.

PHI 130 Practical Logic
A study of the basic principles of deductive and inductive logic. Common fallacies are analyzed and illustrated with examples from classical and modern sources. This is not a course in formal, mathematical logic.

PHI 140 Happiness and Justice: An Introduction to Ethical Thinking
Discussion of a variety of problems central to the pursuit of individual happiness and social justice. Topics include the relation between pleasure and happiness, abortion, sexual equality, and fairness in the distribution of economic goods.

PHI 160 Philosophy of Art
An examination of philosophical problems arising in the description, interpretation, and evaluation of works of art. Topics include the nature of the art object and of aesthetic experience, the possibility of objective criticism in the arts, and the relation of aesthetic to moral values. Readings from classical and contemporary sources, with emphasis on case materials. Prerequisite: HUM 110 or 111.

PHI 170 Philosophy of Religion
A critical examination of traditional and recent theories concerning such issues in the philosophy of religion as the existence of God, the nature of ultimate reality, the nature and destiny of human beings, and the validity of claims to religious knowledge. (Also listed as REL 140.)

PHI 210 Ancient Philosophy
A survey of ancient Western philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the beginning of the Christian era. This course concentrates on the origin and development of basic concepts and problems which have become permanent ingredients of our philosophical tradition. Some of these are reality and appearance, permanence and change, form and matter, causality, knowledge and belief, and the good.

PHI 220 17th- and 18th-Century Philosophy
A survey and critical examination of philosophers from Descartes to Kant. Of special importance in this period is the impact of the scientific revolution on accounts of the origin and limits of human knowledge, the mind-body relation, and the role of God in the universe.

PHI 300 The Philosophy of Science
An examination of a variety of issues in the philosophy of science, such as the nature of scientific facts, the relation of theories to reality, the criteria for the evaluation of theories, the role of the imagination in theory formation, the logic of verification, and the importance of the scientific community. Some attention is also given to the history of science. Prerequisite: PHI 210 or 220 or 310, or a sophomore-level science course.

PHI 310 Symbolic Logic
An introduction to modern formal deductive logic. A system of first-order logic is presented and proved to be complete. Nonclassical logics and other subjects are studied as the interests of the instructor and students warrant.

PHI 320 Philosophical Psychology
A critical survey of various approaches to the mind-body or mind-brain problem, including dualism, epiphenomenalism, behaviorism, physicalism, and functionalism.

PHI 330 19th-Century Philosophy
An examination of leading figures and movements in the philosophy of this century, such as post-Kantian idealism, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marx, Utilitarianism, and Pragmatism. Prerequisite: PHI 220.

PHI 340 Phenomenology
An examination of phenomenology, the most influential movement in 20th-century Continental philosophy, and of the phenomenological method on which it is based in the writings of Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and others. Prerequisite: PHI 220 or permission of the instructor.

PHI 350 Existentialism
Existentialism embraces a wide range of thinkers—from the desperately religious to the vehemently atheistic. This course reflects upon writers from both of these traditions, including Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre, and tries to examine the effects existentialism has had upon art and literature. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.

PHI 360 Buddhist Thought
A critical examination of the major schools of thought in the development of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. Some attention is given to meditation and to the application of Zen to the arts. (Also listed as REL 338.)

PHI 370 20th-Century Analytic Philosophy
A study of major philosophers and/or topics in the British and American analytic tradition of the 20th century. Prerequisite: PHI 220.

PHI 380 20th-Century Continental Philosophy
A study of major philosophers and/or topics of continental Europe in the 20th century.
Prerequisite: PHI 220.

Special Topics Offered 2003-2004:

PHI 451 Theory of Knowledge
A survey of historical and contemporary attempts to answer a question that is fundamental to any inquiry: what is knowledge? Rationalist and empiricist foundations of knowledge – knowledge grounded in reason and experience, respectively – are examined, and more holistic views of knowledge and their implications are considered. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.

PHI 500 Senior Seminar

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FALL 2009
PHI 110a Introduction to Philosophy A. Roche MWF 9:10-10:10 C301
PHI 110b
Introduction to Philosophy
A. Roche
MWF 11:30-12:30
C301
PHI 140
Intro to Ethical Thinking
Brian Cooney
T-Th 12:40-2:10
C301
PHI 210
Ancient Philosophy
Eva Cadavid
MWF 10:20-11:20
C302
PHI 315
Ethical Theory
Dan Kirchner
T-Th 2:20-3:50
C302
PHI 370
20th C. Analytical Philosophy
A. Roche
MWF 3:00-4:00
C401
  

 

CENTRE TERM 2010
FYS 125 Contemporary Events Brian Cooney 8:50-10:20, 12:50-2:20 C 405
PHI 316 Feminism and Philosophy Eva Cadavid 8:50-10:20, 12:50-2:20 C401

SPRING 2010
PHI 110a Introduction to Philosophy Eva Cadavid T-Th 8:00-9:30 C301
PHI 110b
Introduction to Philosophy
A. Roche
MWF 9:10-10:10
G409
PHI 140a Intro to Ethical Thinking Dan Kirchner MWF 10:20-11:20 Y256
PHI 140b
Intro to Ethical Thinking
Dan Kirchner
MWF 1:50-2:50
Y256
PHI 140c Intro to Ethical Thinking Brian Cooney T-Th 9:40-11:10 C301
PHI 220
17th- and 18th C. Philosophy
A. Roche
MWF 3:00-4:00
C401
PHI 310
Symbolic Logic
A. Roche
MWF 11:30-12:30
G409
PHI 380 19th-Century Philosophy Dan Kirchner T-Th 2:20-3:50 C302
PHI 500
Senior Seminar
Eva Cadavid
T-Th 12:40-2:10
C401

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