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Philosophy Foundation

For the Philosophy Foundation to be fulfilled, students must take two, three-credit, Core-designated philosophy courses. One must be an ethics course and the other must be a course in a field of philosophy other than ethics.​

Why Philosophy?

The tradition of the Dominican Order is one of teaching and scholarship, of seeking answers to the great questions of human speculation, and of helping others to do the same. In support of this tradition​​, Providence College requires of its students to study philosophy.

Philosophy is “the love of wisdom,” and as such, philosophy serves to enrich the lives of students not only by leading them onto the path to finding these answers — since by nature all desire to know them — but also by cultivating in them the habits of moral reasoning and virtuous practice, qualities indispensable for any member of society to contribute to the common good. Beyond this, the study of philosophy uniquely fosters students’ faculties of reasoning, making them better able to think critically, to understand themselves in light of the Judeo- Christian heritage, to discern virtue, and, ultimately, to pursue the goal of all education: Truth.​​

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Core Foundation & Profiency

Department

AMS 331 (American Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
American Studies
GST 337 (Philosophy and Globalization) [Effective Fall 2013] Philosophy Core Requirement
Diversity Proficiency
Global Studies
HON 301 (Honors Studies in Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Honors
HON 302 (Honors Studies in Ethics) Ethics Core Requirement
Honors
PHL (Topics in Feminist Ethics) [Effective Fall 2019] Ethics Core Requirement
Diversity Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 101 (Logic) [Effective Summer 2014] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 103 (Introduction to Philosophy) [Effective Summer 2014] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 150 (Philosophy and Literature) [Effective Fall 2014] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 150 (Philosophy and Literature) [Effective Fall 2016] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 200 (Introduction to the Philosophy of St. Thomas) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 202 (General Ethics) [Effective Summer 2014] Ethics Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 206 (The Wisdom of Socrates) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 207 (Philosophy of the Human Person) [Effective Fall 2013] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 300 (Ancient Philosophy) [Effective Spring 2014 for Philosophy Core Requirement, Fall 2017 for the Intensive Writing I Proficiency]] Philosophy Core Requirement
Intensive Writing Level I Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 301 (Ethics Moral Leadership and the Common Good) [Effective Summer 2014] Ethics Core Requirement
Civic Engagement Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 304 (Current Problems in Ethics) [Effective Spring 2017] Ethics Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 306 (Business Ethics) [Effective Spring 2014] Ethics Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 309 (Biomedical Ethics) [Effective Summer 2014] Ethics Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 310 (Medieval Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2016 semester] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 312 (Thomistic Ethics) [Effective Spring 2014] Ethics Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 315 (Symbolic Logic) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 316 (Social and Political Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2016] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 317 (Philosophy of Religion) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 318 (Philosophy of Science) [Effective Fall 2012 for Philosophy & Spring 2016 for Intensive Writing I] Philosophy Core Requirement
Intensive Writing Level I Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 319 (Philosophy of Knowledge) [Effective Fall 2014] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 320 (The Philosophy of Catholic Social Thought) [Effective Spring 2014] Ethics Core Requirement
Civic Engagement Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 321 (American Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 325 (Asian Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 326 (Contemporary Women Philosophers) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 330 (Wisdom of Aquinas) [Effective Fall 2018] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 335 (Brave New Philosophies) [Effective Spring 2018] Philosophy Core Requirement
Diversity Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 336 (Topics in Feminist Ethics) [Effective Fall 2019] Ethics Core Requirement
Diversity Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 337 (Philosophy and Globalization) [Effective Fall 2013] Philosophy Core Requirement
Diversity Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 339 (Environmental Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 345 (Philosophy of Film) [Effective Spring 2017] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 347 (Philosophy of Language) [Effective Spring 2015] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 350 (The Philosophy of History) [Effective Fall 2016 semester] Philosophy Core Requirement
Oral Communication Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 352 (Philosophy of the Mind) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 360 (Early Modern Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 380 (Late Modern Philosophy) [Effective Spring 2014] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 406 (The Wisdom of Augustine) [Effective Fall 2013] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 407 (Philosophy of Art) [Effective Spring 2020] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 412 (Contemporary Philosophy) [Effective Spring 2016 semester] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 422 (Contemporary Existentialism) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 423 (Law and Morality) [Effective Fall 2015 semester] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 430 (Phenomenology) [Effective Fall 2012] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 470 (Is Community Possible?) [Effective Fall 2018] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 470 (Philosophy and Literature) [Effective Fall 2016] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 470 (Special Topics: Ethics and Community) [Effective Spring 2020] Ethics Core Requirement
Oral Communication Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 479 (Catholic Sexual Ethics) [Effective Spring 2017, and only when taught by Dr. Christopher Arroyo] Ethics Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 479 (Einstein and Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2018 semester when taught by Dr. Joseph Cosgrove] Philosophy Core Requirement
Intensive Writing Level II Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 479 (Philosophy of Community) [Effective Fall 2018] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 480-002 (Special Topics: Philosophy in the Islamic World) [Effective Spring 2018] Philosophy Core Requirement
Diversity Proficiency
Philosophy
PHL 490 (Independent Study: MacIntyre, Feminism, Utopias, and Dystopias) [Effective Spring 2017 and only when taught by Dr. Jeffery Nicholas] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 490 (Leadership and Common Good: Further Studies) [Effective Spring 2018] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PHL 490 (The Debate on the Constitution) [Effective Spring 2020] Philosophy Core Requirement
Philosophy
PSC 342 (Modern Political Theory) [Effective Spring 2016] Philosophy Core Requirement
Political Science
PSP 305 (Ethics and the Community) [Effective Spring 2020] Ethics Core Requirement
Public and Community Service Studies
PSP 470 (Is Community Possible?) [Effective Fall 2018] Philosophy Core Requirement
Public and Community Service Studies
PSP 479 (Philosophy of Community) [Effective Fall 2018] Philosophy Core Requirement
Public and Community Service Studies
WGS 326 (Contemporary Women Philosophers) [Effective Spring 2013] Philosophy Core Requirement
Women's Studies
WGS 336 (Topics in Feminist Ethics) [Effective Fall 2019] Ethics Core Requirement
Diversity Proficiency
Women's Studies