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.

Name Office Phone Email
Clayton Bohnet University of West Georgia
Michael Bradley Georgia Perimeter College-Online Campus
Benjamin Buckley Clayton State University
James Butler University of West Georgia
Dexter Christian University of North Georgia
Russell Crawford University of West Georgia
Brian Davy Fort Valley State University
Yi Deng University of North Georgia
Aaron Dopf Clayton State University
James Grindeland University of North Georgia
Brett Hackett Valdosta State University
James Edward Hackett Savannah State University
William Harper Georgia Highlands College
David Henderson University of North Georgia
Todd Hoffman Augusta University
Jessica Holloman University of West Georgia
Christine James Valdosta State University
Joseph Johnson University of Georgia
Sanjay Lal Clayton State University
David Leonard University of North Georgia
Lavonna Lovern Valdosta State University
Clay Morton Middle Georgia State University
Alan Nichols Georgia Highlands College
Nathan Nobis University of North Georgia
Gayle Ormiston University of North Georgia
Ray Peace Valdosta State University
Walter Riker University of West Georgia
Jesse Russell Georgia Southwestern State University
Matthew Schneider College of Coastal Georgia
Robert Scott University of North Georgia
Murray Skees Savannah State University
Kencho Tenzin Georgia Highlands College
Jenna Thrasher-Sneathen Gordon State College
Deborah Vess East Georgia State College
Jack Waskey Dalton State College
George Wrisley University of North Georgia
Lisa Yount Savannah State University
Carmen Zinn University of West Georgia

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 – 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.

  • Attendance Verification - 1%
  • Participation & Discussion - 29%
  • Quizzes - 25%
  • Writing Assignments - 15%
  • Midterm Exam - 15%
  • Final Exam - 15%

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