|Introduction to Philosophy|
|INTRO TO PHIL|
|CLASS CODE:||PHIL 110||CREDITS: 3|
|DIVISION:||LANGUAGE & LETTERS|
|DEPARTMENT:||HUMANITIES & PHILOSOPHY|
|GENERAL EDUCATION:||This course fulfills a General Education - Letters requirement.|
|DESCRIPTION:||Introduction to philosophical thought through reasoning on such topics as ethics, reality, and knowledge. Practice articulating, assessing, and rationally defending positions on philosophical issues. Includes examination of major philosophical texts.|
|TAUGHT:||Fall, Winter, Summer|
|CONTENT AND TOPICS:||PHIL 110 is primarily a seminar-type course in which students are introduced to philosophical thinking through reading and brief lectures, but most importantly through focused and disciplined class discussion and writing. The course typically surveys the major topics or branches in philosophy so that students gain a broad overview of the philosophical endeavor, although instructors may choose other structures for introducing the issues, methods, and concepts that constitute philosophical thinking.
Topics may include: logic, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of knowledge (epistemology), philosophy of reality (metaphysics), philosophy of religion, aesthetics.
|GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:||In this course students will:
1. Learn what philosophy is and the types of questions philosophy deals with.
2. Understand the major branches of philosophy and the questions each branch deals with.
3. Understand the key concepts philosophers use to answer those questions.
4. Survey and understand the different philosophical positions philosophers take on questions.
5. Learn to evaluate arguments for various philosophical positions.
6. Learn to evaluate, articulate, and defend thier own answers to philosophical questions.
|EFFECTIVE DATE:||January 2091|