Course Description

Various traditions of philosophical thought.  Includes concepts of knowledge, reality, skepticism, moral philosophy, materialism, mind-body duality, existence of God, and free will.  Selected philosophers from Classic Era to the 20th Century and the present. 

Personal Learning Outcomes

  1. Summarize some of the major logical arguments given by philosophers.
  2. Explain major philosophical themes raised in philosophical texts.
  3. Examine the basic formal structure of a logical argument.
  4. Evaluate a deductive philosophical-logical argument.
  5. Identify some of the major differences between modern themes and ancient themes in philosophy.
  6. Respond to a philosophic topic, describe pertinent viewpoints and assess their applicability.
  7. Deliver a presentation prepared to address a specific philosophical issue.
  8. Demonstrate college-level writing skills by incorporating material into clear sentences and cohesive paragraphs. 

Syllabus

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Course guide

Here is the course outline:

Getting Started
Welcome to your online course!
Week 1
What Is Philosophy and Where Western Philosophy Began
Week 2
Ethics and Ethical Issues Philosophers Wrestle With
Week 3
Epistemology: The Theory of Knowledge - How Philosophy Helps Us Show What We Know
Week 4
Theoretical Issues in Religion
Week 5
What Does It Mean to Be Human?
Week 6
Summative Reflection and Exam on All of the Course Materials