Faculty in the Department of Philosophy teach several types of courses at Molloy: PHI (Philosophy), ETH (Ethics), and CORE. Some ethics courses are also taught by faculty from the Theology Department. CORE courses are 4-credit, interdisciplinary, junior-level courses taught by two faculty members: one from either Philosophy or Theology, and one from another department on campus.

Philosophy Courses

Our Philosophy courses are designed to inspire curiosity and critical reflection about some of the most substantial questions we can ask ourselves about our world. Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a God? Why is there something rather than nothing? What can we know and how do we know it?

Every 3-credit Philosophy course we offer satifies the General Education requirement for undergraduate students at Molloy College — but we encourage you to take as many as you like! (click course name for full description)


PHI 100 Philosophy PHI 313 Ancient Philosophy
PHI 102 Logic PHI 315 Medieval Philosophy
PHI 225h Civilized Ideas (honors) PHI 322 Symbolic Logic
PHI 231 Existentialism PHI 324 History & Philosophy of Math
PHI 237 Rhetoric PHI 340 Philosophy of Law
PHI 260 Philosophy of Education PHI 355 Modern Philosophy
PHI 268 Philosophy of Religion PHI 356 19th-Century Philosophy
PHI 275 Philosophy & the Creative Experience PHI 357 Contemporary Philosophy
PHI 280 Women & Philosophy PHI 390 Advanced Topics in Philosophy
PHI 281 Asian Philosophy PHI 470 Independent Study
PHI 290 Topics in Philosophy PHI 498 Internship
PHI 301 Philosophical Persuasion PHI 499 Research Seminar
PHI 310 Political Philosophy













PHI 100 Philosophy: The Pursuit of Wisdom

This course will introduce students to philosophy through an examination of some of the most fundamental philosophical problems. Topics may include the nature of reality, the scope of human knowledge, freedom and responsibility, and the existence of God. REQUIRED for Major (or PHI 225h).

PHI 102 Logic

This course offers an introduction to logic, including inductive and deductive systems of inference and a study of common fallacies discovered in editorials, textbooks, political speeches and advertisements. It is one of the single best preparations for standardized tests like the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT. REQUIRED for Major and Minor.

PHI 225h Civilized Ideas (honors)

All great societies are founded upon profound philosophical ideas. Philosophers throughout the centuries have
attempted to give voice to these ideas in ways that are consistent with the cultures in which they arise. This course will focus on a specific historical society in Western civilization (Ancient Greece, Imperial Rome or Enlightenment France) and will explore the seminal ideas that have shaped that society and its people. Honors students only.

PHI 231 Existentialism

This course explores the provocative, innovative, and creatively diverse tradition of what came to be known as "the philosophy of human existence." Beginning with the founders of existential thought, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche,
the course then turns to a variety of literary and artistic sources to explore the everyday reality and life practices of human freedom, individual choice, creativity, religious faith, self-determination, and moral ambiguity.

PHI/COM 237 Rhetoric

A study of classical and contemporary theories of rhetoric with an emphasis on those skills and techniques necessary to argue effectively. RECOMMENDED for Major and Pre-Law.

PHI 260 Philosophy of Education

The relationship of education to basic philosophical principles and the consequent effect upon present day theory and practice in teaching.

PHI 268 Philosophy of Religion

A philosophical examination of the notion of God, religious language, religious experience and commitment. Classical and contemporary arguments about God will be evaluated as well as the place of revelation in religious belief.

PHI 275 Philosophy and the Creative Experience

This course offers a practical, step-by-step introduction to the philosophical study of the creative experience. Students will examine various theories of creativity as they have been developed by influential philosophers, psychologists, and artists in the field of creativity studies and will have the opportunity to examine how these theories are exemplified in the lives of some of the great creative visionaries of the past half-century.

PHI 280 Women and Philosophy

Do women think differently than men? Because philosophy is one of several disciplines that have traditionally been
dominated by men, contemporary criticisms are common. This course explores the legitimacy of those criticisms by considering sex and gender in two ways: the work of female philosophers and the treatment of men and women as philosophical subjects, both present and historically.

PHI/THE 281 Asian Philosophy

A study of the major Asian philosophical traditions through a reading and analysis of the pertinent texts and scriptures. The course will focus especially on the great philosophical systems that arose out of India: Hinduism and Buddhism.

PHI 290 Topics in Philosophy

In-depth study of topics not included in detail in the regular curriculum cycle. Title of the course will be announced prior to the term offered.

PHI 301 Philosophical Persuasion

A workshop exploring idea development and in-depth argument and analysis, specific to the discipline of Philosophy. Intended for all majors and minors in Philosophy or Applied Ethics, this course prepares students for the academic intensity that will be expected in subsequent Philosophy and Ethics courses. REQUIRED for Major and Minor.

PHI/POL 310 Political Philosophy

This course examines the development of four major political doctrines: classical republicanism, modern national
monarchism, liberal democracy and socialism. The development of these philosophies within the cultural and historical contexts in which they were invented will be explored in an attempt to demarcate their basic assumptions, social prognosis and programs for obtaining a just state.

PHI 313 Ancient Philosophy

A study of the Western philosophical tradition from the pre-Socratic community of philosophers to the beginnings of the Christian medieval tradition. Emphasis in this course will be placed on the works of the two great founders of Western Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle. SATISFIES HISTORY REQUIREMENT for Major.

PHI 315 Medieval Philosophy

The synthesis of classical and medieval thought. Some of the philosophers considered: Augustine, Anselm, Abelard,
Thomas Aquinas, Avicenna, Maimonides, Bonaventure, William of Ockham. SATISFIES HISTORY REQUIREMENT for Major.

PHI 322 Symbolic Logic

This course is an introduction to formal logic, using symbolic representation to test the validity of propositional
statements. Concepts include universal and existential quantifiers, predicates, truth tables, set theory, Venn
diagrams, fallacies, argument analysis, and other aspects of deductive reasoning. Also offered by Mathematics and Computer Science Department. RECOMMENDED for Major.

PHI/MAT 324 History and Philosophy of Mathematics

A study of the contributions made by various individuals and cultures to the growth and development of ancient, modern and current mathematical topics. The approach to the course will be both chronological and topical. PREREQUISITES: See Mathematics and Computer Studies Department.

PHI 340 Philosophy of Law

An examination of the role of philosophy and morality in legal decisions and the legal profession; an examination of the role of philosophy and morality in criminal law and First Amendment law (freedom of speech and religion)
and other important legal issues of our time; an investigation of the extent to which the state may regulate the private affairs of its citizens; and a consideration of the role that moral theory has to play in the process of constitutional interpretation. REQUIREMENT for Pre-Law.

PHI 355 Modern Philosophy (Descartes to Kant)

Philosophy from the Renaissance to the Age of Revolution. Impact of scientific discovery on traditional philosophy and theology: Social Contract Theory, Revolution, Skepticism, Deism and the Idealist-Empiricist debate. Descartes, Rousseau, Locke, Hume and Kant. SATISFIES HISTORY REQUIREMENT for Major.

PHI 356 19th-Century Philosophy: Freedom and Revolution

A study of the European philosophical tradition in the 19th century as it is so represented in the works of such writers as Hegel, Marx, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. SATISFIES HISTORY REQUIREMENT for Major.

PHI 357 Contemporary Philosophy

A survey of developments in philosophy from the late 19th century to the present time. SATISFIES HISTORY REQUIREMENT for Major.

PHI 390 Advanced Topics in Philosophy

In-depth study of topics not included in detail in the regular curriculum cycle. Title of the course will be
announced prior to the term offered.

PHI 470 Independent Study

Specialized, self-directed study of a topic not available within scheduled courses, under individual direction of a
faculty member. PREREQUISITE: Philosophy major or minor having at least a 3.5 GPA, with approval of Dept. Chair.

PHI 498 Internship

An opportunity to gain career experience while working at a business, non-profit or governmental agency or law firm in the New York metropolitan area. RECOMMENDED for Major.

PHI 499 Research Seminar

This course, which the department considers the capstone experience of the Philosophy education at Molloy, provides the opportunity to engage in guided research on a topic of the student's own choosing. Projects focus on
extensive revision and development of philosophical writing style and communication of highly-refined, original arguments. The culmination of the course is the production of an essay suitable for submission to a scholarly publication and/or conference. REQUIREMENT for Major and Minor. PREQUISITE: approval of Dept. Chair.


Ethics Courses

Ethics is an increasingly more important aspect of any profession and one of the cornerstones of any study of human existence. All students at Molloy are required to take at least one 3-credit Ethics course; any 3-credit Ethics course satisfies the General Education requirement. Ethics courses are taught by either a member of the Philosophy or the Theology Department.



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