Philosophy Course Offerings

The Department of Philosophy offers a wide range of courses and topics, most higher-level courses are small, so faculty members get to know each student and can actively guide their development. For the 2022-23 academic year, the average class size for all upper-level (300-400 level) philosophy classes was 14. Meanwhile, (excluding PHIL 237, which almost exclusively serves Business students), our 200 level courses averaged 23 students for 2022-23, with more than 50% of these courses under 20 students.


What's Happening in Our Courses?

NEW EXPERIMENTAL COURSE FOR FALL 2023:  PHIL 288 Exp Technology & Ethics


This course will investigate how we evaluate and respond to technology and will examine technology's impact on such values as freedom, individuality, growth, work, and the political process. Ethical issues raised might include: questions of profit in business; biotechnology; social media; free speech, misinformation, and democracy; surveillance; AI; and algorithmic bias. 

Students who are interested in careers in STEM, medicine, business, digital technology, social media, security, or politics/government might be especially interested in the course.

Watch this quick video from Professor Auyer about one topic the course might take up: Should We Use Technology to Make Ourselves Moral? 


Charitable Giving Project in PHIL 130 (Spring 2023)

person holding a box marked "donate"


PHIL 130 engaged took up the topic of Effective Altruism in a hands-on manner with students working in groups to direct actual funds to real-world charities of their choice. In the end, $1800 (provided through the Geneseo Foundation and other donors) was donated to Partners in Health, a global charity working toward healthcare equity and justice.

See more here.


Presenting at Great Day 2023 (Spring 2023)



At Great Day 2023 19 students presented as part of PHIL 130, PHIL 225, or the Ethics & Values in Society Capstone. Great job all! 


Current Courses (Fall 2023)

PHIL 100 01 Introduction to Philosophy David Johnson TR 2-3:15pm

PHIL 100 02 Introduction to Philosophy David Hahn TR 3:30-4:45pm

PHIL 111 01 Introduction to Logic Brian Barnett MWF 9:30-10:20am

PHIL 130 01 Ethics David Levy MW 12:30-1:45pm

PHIL 130 02 Ethics Carlo Filice MW 2-3:15pm

PHIL 202 01 World Relig & Cont Iss Carlo Filice MW 5-6:15pm

PHIL 236 01 Medicine & Morality Amanda Roth MWF 11:30am-12:20pm

PHIL 237 01 Ethical Issues in Business Brian Barnett MW 8-9:15am

PHIL 237 02 Ethical Issues in Business Carlo Filice MW 6:30-7:45pm

PHIL 237 03 Ethical Issues in Business TBD MW 3:30-4:45pm

PHIL 288 01 Exp: Technology & Ethics Jonathan Auyer MWF 10:30-11:20am

PHIL 350 01 Phenomenology & Existent Walter Soffer TR 11-12:15am

PHIL 440 01 Theory of Knowledge David Levy TR 9:30-10:45am

Upcoming and Previous Courses

The Department of Philosophy course offerings for previous, current, and upcoming semesters can be found in KnightWeb, the student self-service information system.

Descriptions for all courses taught by the department are available on the course descriptions page of this website.

To see all philosophy courses offered for the current semester, visit the current semester's courses on KnightWeb.