Philosophy (PHIL)

Chairman: Mellim Vri
Professors: Paul Brockelman, Somak, T'van, Duane Whittier

Starfleet officers sometimes face moral dilemmas. The Philosophy Department seeks to prepare cadets to confront these situations, honing their ability to carefully examine and clearly interpret philosophical issues. The faculty encourages classroom discussion to help students explore philosophical views from across the Federation.



PHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy

Emphasis on basic philosophical problems, recurrent types of philosophies in Federation society, and selected readings from the history of philosophy, including Immerman's "Philosophy: A Window onto Time."


PHIL 204. Moral and Ethical Issues

A comparative study of the moral and ethical issues faced by the Federation's members. How did 20th-century Earth philosophers view euthanasia, and how does this compare with the Bolian "double effect principle?" Is there a universal morality? Reading includes Ethics, T'Pau's "Logic and Reason in the Conceptualization and Implementation of Morality, and its Effects on Society," and the epic, poetry of Loridar (including "An End to Suffering"). Each student is expected to write one 100-page term paper for grade.


PHIL 270. Ancient Philosophy

Development of philosophy from its earliest beginnings in Federation society, with a particular emphasis on early Greek and Chinese philosophy of Earth, early Vulcan philosophy before and during the rise of Surak, Andorian martial philosophies and warrior codes, and their influences on interspecies philosophical developments in Federation history. Students study classical works, including the "Tao Te Ching" and "The Works of Surak."


PHIL 350. Logic

Principles of reasoning and development of symbolic techniques for evaluating deductive and inductive arguments. Close examination of the scope and limits of formal systems; consistency and completeness of predicate logic; set theory; finite automata and computation; proofs; and formal semantics. Features a study and comparison of the development of logic among different species, and of the issue of logic as a "universal philosophy."