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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies 2011-2012

Chairperson:  John K. Simmons
Office:  Morgan Hall 456
Telephone: (309) 298-1057
E-mail: PRS@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/philosophy or wiu.edu/religiousstudies

Graduate Faculty
Professors

  • Susan Martinelli-Fernandez, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • John K. Simmons, Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara

Associate Graduate Faculty
Professors

  • David Haugen, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Gordon Pettit, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Associate Professors

  • Amy Carr, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Christopher A. Pynes, Ph.D., Florida State University

Assistant Professors

  • Sarah Haynes, Ph.D., University of Calgary
  • Betsy Perabo, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Brian Powell, Ph.D., University of Virginia

Course Descriptions

Philosophy

410G Business Ethics. (3) An introduction to ethical theory and its application to the assumptions and consequences of modern business practices. Prerequisite: any lower-division philosophy course or permission of the instructor.

499G Directed Readings. (1–3) Individual study of particular philosophical texts or problems. May be repeated, provided topics vary. Prerequisites: Two courses in philosophy and permission of the instructor.

Religious Studies

492G (cross-listed with ENG 492G) Religion, Literature, and Film. (3) Study of multicultural literary and cinematic texts engaging a wide range of religious and philosophical traditions. Examination of the religious and the secular via narrative; consideration of literary and filmic interpretation via religious and philosophical questions. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

499G Directed Readings. (1–3) Individual study of particular religious texts or problems. May be repeated, provided topics vary. Prerequisites: Two courses in religious studies and permission of the instructor.