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    PHH 3100 Ancient Greek Philosophy
    Credits: 3.
    A sustained study of Plato and Aristotle with some consideration of pre-Socratic antecedents and Hellenistic successors. (H and N) (WR)
    PHH 3111 Ancient Ethical and Political Thought
    Credits: 3.
    An examination of ancient Greek and Roman political theories and their ethical foundations.
    PHH 3200 Medieval Philosophy
    Credits: 3; Prereq: one course in philosophy.
    A survey of medieval philosophy. Philosophers to be read may include Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Maimonides, Aquinas, Duns Scotus and Ockham. Topics include the nature of God, universals, individuation and future contingents.
    PHH 3400 Modern Philosophy
    Credits: 3.
    A survey of the work of major philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries, from Descartes to Kant, in the primary texts. (H and N)
    PHH 3610 Happiness and Well-Being
    Credits: 3; Prereq; sophomore or higher standing or PHI 2010 or PHI 2100 or PHI 2630 or PHM 2204 or philosophy major or minor or instructor permission.
    An examination of major philosophical theories of human happiness and well-being from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics may include self-interest, pleasure, subjective vs. objective conceptions of happiness, autonomy and the relation between morality and happiness.
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    PHH 4141 Seminar in Ancient Philosophy
    Credits: 3; Prereq: a 3000-level philosophy course or department permission.
    A variable topic seminar focusing on a particular topic, period or school in the philosophy of Greco-Roman antiquity.
    PHH 4420 Seminar in Modern Philosophy
    Credits: 3; Prereq: a 3000-level philosophy course or department permission.
    A variable topic seminar focusing on a period, school or topic in 17th or 18th century philosophy.
    PHH 4644 Continental Philosophy
    Credits: 3; Prereq: PHH 3400 or PHP 3786, or instructor permission.
    A study of selected works by 19th and 20th century continental philosophers, with emphasis to be determined by the instructor. Selections may include such thinkers as Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Foucault. (H)
    PHH 4911 Undergraduate Research in History of Philosophy
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Course provides firsthand, supervised research in History of Philosophy. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in History of Philosophy.
    PHH 4930 Seminar in a Major Philosopher
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: a 3000-level philosophy course or department permission.
    A variable topic seminar on the work of a major historical or contemporary philosopher such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hobbes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Mill, Marx, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Russell, Moore, Sartre, Wittgenstein and Quine. (H)
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    PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
    Credits: 3.
    A variable topics introduction to philosophy through study of traditional questions about the existence of God, the nature of the mind, the definition of good, freedom of the will and criteria of truth and knowledge. (H) (WR)
    PHI 2100 Logic
    Credits: 3.
    An introductory-level survey of different methods of formal and informal analysis of the logical structure of propositions and arguments. Topics include syllogistic logic, propositional logic, quantification logic, inductive logic, informal fallacies and probability. (M)
    PHI 2630 Contemporary Moral Issues
    Credits: 3.
    An introduction to moral philosophy through selected contemporary issues such as abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering and the treatment of animals. (H) (WR)
    PHI 2930 Special Topics
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits.
    Refer to the department website for a course description for the term in which the course is offered.
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    PHI 3130 Symbolic Logic
    Credits: 3.
    A systematic study of forms of deduction. Techniques and topics include truth-functional analysis and quantification. (M)
    PHI 3300 Theory of Knowledge
    Credits: 3.
    A study of the central topics and concepts of the theory of knowledge, including the analysis of the concepts of knowledge, truth, justification and related concepts, the nature of empirical knowledge, the problem of skepticism, the nature of a priori knowledge, and the structure of the justification of our beliefs. (H)
    PHI 3322 Philosophy of Perception
    Credits: 3.
    A survey of the central issues in the philosophy of perception: the nature of perceptual experiences, their relations to our environment and to the perceptual beliefs we form on their bases.
    PHI 3400 Philosophy of Natural Science
    Credits: 3.
    A study of central contemporary issues in the philosophy of natural science: the nature of laws, the logic of discovery and the relationships between different sciences. The sciences used for illustration vary with the instructor. (H)
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    PHI 3420 Philosophy of the Social Sciences
    Credits: 3.
    A study of the possibility of social laws, the nature of social explanation and rationality, and the role of value judgments in social-scientific research. (H)
    PHI 3459 Medicine and Philosophy
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore or higher standing or PHI 2010 or PHI 2100 or PHI 2630 or PHM 2204 or philosophy major or minor or instructor permission.
    An examination of areas in which medicine and philosophy overlap, including philosophy of science as applied to medical research, ethical theories as applied to medical cases, and moral reflection on the institution of medicine. Provides information about contemporary medical practice and research as well as tools for their critical assessment.
    PHI 3500 Metaphysics
    Credits: 3.
    A study of the problems of first philosophy: the concepts of existence, essence, object, property and event; universals and particulars; the nature of change, possibility, causation, space and time. Traditional philosophical issues such as free will, the mind/body problem, personal identity and the existence of abstract entities (e.g., numbers) are discussed as are views of realism, idealism, materialism and relativism. (H)
    PHI 3501 Free Will
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore or higher standing or PHI 2010 or PHI 2100 or PHI 2630 or PHM 2204 or philosophy major or minor or instructor permission.
    A sustained examination of key questions about free will. What exactly does it take for an action to be performed freely? Do scientific results threaten free will? What case can be made for the existence of free will? What are the consequences if free will does not exist?
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    PHI 3551 Thought Experiments
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore or higher standing or PHI 2010 or PHI 2100 or PHI 2630 or PHM 2204 or philosophy major or minor or instructor permission.
    Much philosophical work depends on thought experiments in which we evaluate merely hypothetical situations. This course examines several such experiments to gain insight about their general character and proper use. Cases may include Descartes' "evil genius," Searle's "Chinese Room" example, and Gettier's examples of true, justified belief without knowledge.
    PHI 3553 The Self, Reason and Ethics
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore or higher standing or PHI 2010 or PHI 2100 or PHI 2630 or PHM 2204 or philosophy major or minor or instructor permission.
    An examination of rationality, morality, and personhood. What does it mean to be the same person over time? How is personal identity related to the rationality of self-interest or the rationality of morality? Topics may include the nature of reasons, self-undermining theories, reductionism about people, population ethics, and more.
    PHI 3633 Bioethics
    Credits: 3.
    The ethical issues that arise in medicine and biotechnology.
    PHI 3641 Conduct, Change and Consequences: Making Ethical Decisions
    Credits: 3; Prereq; sophomore or higher standing or PHI 2010 or PHI 2100 or PHI 2630 or PHM 2204 or philosophy major or minor or innovation academy minor or instructor permission.
    Grounding in ethical theory and moral reasoning with a focus on changes at both organizational and societal levels, including, for instance, technological innovations, new business practices and legal changes. Examines the rights and responsibilities of those making such changes as well as the conditions that facilitate responsible decision making.
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    PHI 3650 Moral Philosophy
    Credits: 3.
    Analysis and criticism of various normative ethical theories such as egoism, utilitarianism, Kantianism, deontology and virtue ethics. (H)
    PHI 3693 Ethics of Communication
    Credits: 3.
    An examination of ethical issues in communication between individuals and in the media. Topics include truth-telling, misrepresentation, privacy and fairness. (H)
    PHI 3695 Philosophy and Death
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore or higher standing or PHI 2010 or PHI 2100 or PHI 2630 or PHM 2204 or philosophy major or minor or instructor permission.
    A philosophical investigation of the nature and significance of death. The focus is on critical assessment of arguments regarding such topics as the definition of death, whether death is bad for the deceased, whether immortality is desirable or even conceivable, and the ethics of ending and starting lives.
    PHI 3700 Philosophy of Religion
    Credits: 3.
    A study of problems in philosophical theology, including the nature of God, arguments for God's existence, the problem of evil and the relation between faith and reason, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. (H) (WR)
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    PHI 3905 Individual Study
    Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: upper-division students with department permission.
    Registration requires advance application to the undergraduate coordinator.
    PHI 3930 Special Topics
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits.
    Check the department office for a course description for the term in which the course is offered. (H)
    PHI 3950 Philosophical Writing
    Credits: 3; Prereq: philosophy majors only.
    An intensive, variable topics course in philosophical writing. (C or H) (WR)
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    PHI 4220 Philosophy of Language
    Credits: 3; Prereq: a 3000-level philosophy course or department permission.
    A variable topics study of the major topics and concepts of the philosophy of language, including truth and meaning, speech act theory, reference and descriptions, names and demonstratives, propositional attitudes and indirect discourse, the nature of language and metaphor. (H)
    PHI 4320 Philosophy of Mind
    Credits: 3; Prereq: a 3000-level philosophy course or department permission.
    A study of the central problems of the philosophy of mind, including the mind-body problem, the nature of mental states, intentionality and representation, and sensation and consciousness. (H)
    PHI 4330 Philosophy of Action
    Credits: 3; Prereq: a 3000-level philosophy course or department permission.
    A study of the central problems of the philosophy of action: the nature of agency, the individuation of actions, the roles of reason, deliberation and intention in action, weakness of the will, and freedom and responsibility.
    PHI 4542 Philosophy of Space and Time
    Credits: 3; Prereq: a 3000-level philosophy course or department permission.
    A study of the nature of space and time: the concepts of substantival space and time (or space-time), relational space and time (or space-time), dynamical space-time, conventional space-time metrics, causal reduction of time, time's arrow, dimensionality of space (or space-time). The approach, historical or issue-oriented, and the required amount of knowledge of physics varies with the instructor.
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    PHI 4662 Ethical Theory 1
    Credits: 3; Prereq: a 3000-level philosophy course or department permission.
    Advanced topics in moral theory, including cognitivism, obligations and permissions, moral reasons and moral epistemology. (H)
    PHI 4905 Individual Work
    Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: upper-division students with 12 credits of philosophy and department permission.
    Registration requires advance application to the undergraduate coordinator.
    PHI 4911 Undergraduate Research in Philosophy
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Course provides firsthand, supervised research in Philosophy. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in Philosophy.
    PHI 4912 Honors Project
    Credits: 3.
    Open to qualified philosophy majors upon application to the undergraduate coordinator.
    PHI 4930 Special Topics
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: a 3000-level philosophy course or department permission.
    Refer to the department website for a course description for the term in which the course is offered.
    PHI 4956 Overseas Studies
    Credits: 1 to 15; can be repeated with a change in content up to 15 credits. Prereq: undergraduate adviser permission.
    This course provides a mechanism by which coursework taken as part of an approved study abroad program can be recorded on the UF transcript and counted toward graduation.
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    PHM 2204 Social Issues and Political Thought
    Credits: 3.
    Introduction to the classic works in the fundamental issues of political philosophy. Topics include comparative systems, authority and freedom. (H) (WR)
    PHM 3032 Ethics and Ecology
    Credits: 3.
    A normative study of the relationships between human beings and the environment, with special emphasis on land and resources. (H)
    PHM 3123 Feminism
    Credits: 3.
    An analysis of theoretical and practical issues in feminism such as radical, liberal and socialist perspectives, gender roles and equal opportunity. This course is an elective in the women's studies program. (H and D)
    PHM 3127 Race and Philosophy
    Credits: 3; Prereq; sophomore or higher standing or PHI 2010 or PHI 2100 or PHI 2630 or PHM 2204 or philosophy major or minor or instructor permission.
    An examination of the concept of race and how it has been used, both theoretically and practically, looking at both historical and contemporary works. Topics may include the definition of "race," the political use and abuse of the term and its role in one's sense of identity.
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    PHM 3202 Political Philosophy
    Credits: 3.
    A study of philosophical problems of political freedom, justice, obligation and coercion. (H) (WR)
    PHM 3400 Introduction to Philosophy of Law
    Credits: 3.
    An introduction to philosophical issues in legal thought and practice. Designed for pre-law majors and as an introduction to PHM 4440 Philosophy of Law, the course introduces the types of philosophical issues that the major schools of legal thought have attempted to resolve. (H) (WR)
    PHM 4440 Philosophy of Law
    Credits: 3; Prereq: PHM 3400 or instructor permission.
    An examination of philosophical issues in legal theory such as the concept of law, legal reasoning, responsibility and punishment. (H)
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    PHP 3786 Existentialism
    Credits: 3.
    An examination of the existentialist movement in philosophy through readings from such figures as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Sartre. (H)
    PHP 4784 Analytic Philosophy
    Credits: 3; Prereq: a 3000-level philosophy course or department permission.
    A study of the major philosophers, themes and developments of the analytic tradition, from Frege, Russell, Moore and Wittgenstein to Quine, Austin and contemporary figures. (H)
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