PHIL& 101 Introduction to Philosophy • 5 Cr.
Introduces some of the traditional problems in philosophy (e.g., reality, knowledge, existence of God, morality, aesthetic experience). Students examine works by the great philosophers and develop basic philosophizing skills such as critical reasoning, conceptual analysis, writing skills, and argument strategy and tactics.
Description starting Summer 2014
This course introduces some current and traditional problems in philosophy (e.g. the nature of reality, the justification of knowledge, the nature of mind, morality, aesthetic experience). Students examine the diverse views and arguments and develop basic philosophy skills including critical reasoning and conceptual analysis.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Distinguish and describe the major branches of philosophical inquiry
- Identify philosophical issues and explain them using basic philosophical vocabulary
- Discuss positions and arguments relevant to philosophical issues.
- Formulate and evaluate philosophical arguments.
- Motivate and explain their own philosophical views.