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Philosophy at Pitt-Johnstown

Many people seek answers to the questions of Who am I?  and Why am I here?  At Pitt-Johnstown, we realize that the world is a captivating yet confusing place.  The Philosophy program provides students the opportunity to make sense of the world that we live in.  Like most minors, the Philosophy minor is compiled of 18 credits. Courses range from introductory to advanced, covering a wide variety of topics in logic, ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology.


What Philosophy classes are available?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Philosophy courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Philosophy course descriptions, click here.

INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
An examination of philosophical theories concerning good and evil, right and wrong, and virtue and vice, and their implications for some specific moral issues. 

MINDS AND MACHINES
This introductory level course is devoted to explicating and critically evaluating the thesis that the human mind, or at least its cognitive faculty, can be understood as a computing machine. Readings are primarily from contemporary authors, and include both scientists and philosophers.

EPISTEMOLOGY (THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE)
This course will focus on philosophical theories that attempt to answer the questions “What is knowledge?” and “How does one get knowledge?”  It will examine how claims to know are justified and if such claims are even possible within both scientific and nonscientific contexts. Students will look at the attempts of classical and modern authors to offer analyses and justification of human knowledge over and against the claims of skepticism.



Meet our Philosophy Faculty

Dr. Matthew Burnstein (Georgetown University)

  • Office Location: 223B Biddle Hall
  • Phone: 814-269-7147
  • E-mail: mab186@pitt.edu

 

Dr. Martin Rice (Ohio State University)

  • Office Location: 249C Biddle Hall
  • Phone: 814-269-7165
  • E-mail: rice@pitt.edu



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Last Reviewed: January 18, 2012