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Introduction to Philosophy – PHIL 2010

Description

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.


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3

Credit Hours


Prerequisites

  • None

Textbook

  • FREE

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 – What is Philosophy?
  • Unit 2 – Self, Identity, and Consciousness
  • Unit 3 – Epistemology
  • Unit 4 – Free Will and Determinism
  • Unit 5 – Ethics
  • Unit 6 – The Meaning of Life

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

  •     Discussions and Participation – 25%
  •     Quizzes – 20%
  •     Writing Assignments (2) – 25%
  •     Midterm Exam – 15%
  •     Final Exam – 15%
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