Course Descriptions

Introduction to Philosophy – PHIL 2010


Introduction to the central issues, questions, and theories of Western Philosophy. Topics covered include logic & critical thinking; religion; knowledge & skepticism; philosophy of mind; freedom and determinism; and ethics.

PHIL 2010 - Spring 2024

Course Instructor
PHIL 2010 1AGChristine James
PHIL 2010 1BGJenna Thrasher-Sneathen
PHIL 2010 1CGSanjay Lal
PHIL 2010 1DGDavid Leonard
PHIL 2010 1EGBrett Hackett
PHIL 2010 1FGGayle Ormiston
PHIL 2010 1GGLavonna Lovern
PHIL 2010 1HGDavid Leonard
PHIL 2010 1IGJack Waskey
PHIL 2010 1JGDeborah Vess
PHIL 2010 1KGCarmen Zinn
PHIL 2010 1LGYi Deng
PHIL 2010 1MGRay Peace
PHIL 2010 1NGDavid Henderson
PHIL 2010 1OGJoseph Johnson
PHIL 2010 1PGGayle Ormiston
PHIL 2010 1QGCarmen Zinn
PHIL 2010 1RGJack Waskey
PHIL 2010 1SGDavid Henderson
PHIL 2010 1TGJessica Holloman
PHIL 2010 5AGLisa Yount
PHIL 2010 5BGDavid Leonard
PHIL 2010 5CGNathan Nobis
PHIL 2010 5DGJesse Russell
PHIL 2010 5EGKencho Tenzin
PHIL 2010 5FGDavid Leonard
PHIL 2010 8AGAlan Nichols
PHIL 2010 8BGDavid Leonard
PHIL 2010 8CGBenjamin Buckley
PHIL 2010 8DGJames Grindeland
PHIL 2010 8EGTodd Hoffman
PHIL 2010 8FGLisa Yount
PHIL 2010 8GGKencho Tenzin
PHIL 2010 8HGDavid Leonard
PHIL 2010 8IGNathan Nobis
PHIL 2010 8JGRussell Crawford
PHIL 2010 8KGJames Butler

Credit Hours


  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.

Free Textbook

  • Open educational resources (OER)

Course Equivalency

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain, justify, and criticize major positions in central areas of philosophical inquiry as follows:
    • Logic: Use the tools and concepts of logic and critical thinking to evaluate and criticize arguments.
    • Religion: Explain and evaluate major arguments concerning the nature and existence of God.
    • Knowledge: Explain and evaluate major arguments concerning knowledge and skepticism.
    • Mind-Body: Explain and evaluate major arguments concerning the mind-body dualism.
    • Freedom: Explain and evaluate major arguments concerning freedom and determinism.
    • Ethics: Explain, evaluate, and apply major ethical theories.
  • Think, argue, and write clearly and cogently about philosophical issues.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the key concepts of logic and critical thinking.
  • Engage in philosophical discourse by offering and effectively responding to arguments.
  • Unit 1: Introduction to Philosophy
  • Unit 2: Personal Identity
  • Unit 3: Free Will & Determinism
  • Unit 4: Ethics
  • Unit 5: Meaning of Life

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Attendance - 1%
  • Discussions - 29%
  • Quizzes - 25%
  • Assignments - 20%
  • Major Project - 15%
  • Final Exam - 10%

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