Catalogue: Traditional Program: Philosophy of Worldviews

Philosophy of Worldviews (PHI)

Dr. Ford, Dean of Worldview Studies

The philosophy of worldviews department seeks to prepare men and women to serve Christ in the world of ideas. To accomplish this goal we offer a major that promotes critical thinking while studying the history of ideas. The philosophy of worldviews major is designed to prepare students for jobs that require critical thinking, graduate work, and seminary. We deal with perennial questions endeavoring to answer them and to see how the answers fit into the Christian worldview. By promoting critical thinking, our classes prepare students to live, adapt, and make decisions in our fast-changing world. Philosophy of worldviews students also have the opportunity for real-world research experience through PHI 441, Topics. In this optional course, senior PHI majors will research, write and defend a paper on an agreed upon topic.

Philosophy of Worldviews Major: 33 hours to include (1) PHI 225, 227, 275, 321, 322 and 337; (2) BIB 210 and 431; (3) ART 360, ENG 473 and PSC 316. PHI 441 Topics (3 hours) may be taken with the permission of the Department chair.

Philosophy of Worldviews Minor: 18 hours

Honors Program: The philosophy department offers opportunities for students to enroll in honors courses from its department. Any departmental course may be taken as an honors course. For students majoring in this department, one must pass a minimum of nine hours of honors courses within the discipline and a minimum of nine hours from the honors courses of other departments. Each course must be passed with a B or better. No more than 18 hours are required for the honors degree. For other honors program policies, see "Honors Program" found in the "Administration of the Curriculum" section of this catalogue.

225 Logic (3).
A study of the principles of correct reasoning, contrasting them with fallacious reasoning. Homework assignments enable the student to recognize arguments and to determine whether they are logical or not. (Fall, even years)
227 Ethics (3).
A critical philosophical examination of contemporary moral issues such as abortion, euthanasia, prejudice and equality, war, capital punishment, and issues in business and medical ethics. (Fall, odd years)
275 Aesthetics (3).
A study of key texts in the philosophy of art from classical antiquity to the present. Within the framework of a Christian perspective, emphasis is placed on careful reading and contextual analysis of diverse positions on beauty, sense experience, and the social, ethical, and religious role of the arts in human culture. (Fall only)
321, 322 History of Ancient and Modern Philosophy (3, 3).
321: A study of major philosophical thinkers from the pre-Socratics to the end of the Middle Ages. Special attention will be given to Plato's and Aristotle's thoughts and their influence on Christian thought.
322: A study of major philosophical thinkers from Bacon to the present. Special attention is given to comparing and contrasting Modernity and Post-modernity with Christian thought. (Fall, odd years; spring, even years)
337 Epistemology (3).
A study of knowledge. We consider questions such as (1) "What is knowledge?" (2) "How is it attained?" (3) "What are its limits?" (4) "Are we able to have knowledge of God?" Special attention is given to the attempts of contemporary Christian thinkers to show the rationality of the Christian faith. (Spring, even years)