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Introduction to Philosophy

This course introduces students to the study of philosophy and philosophical methods through a survey of key themes, thinkers, and problems in their historical settings. Philosophic approaches to be introduced may include materialism, idealism, pragmatism, phenomenology, and existentialism. Themes to be introduced may include the reliability of knowledge, make up of ultimate reality, free will, determinism, the problem of evil, race, class, and gender.


Pedagogical Approach

Face too Face intruction

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the student will have demonstrated the following types of knowledge as assessed by written assignments or examinations with a score of 70% or better: knowledge of the various ways of thinking philosophically; knowledge of various philosophic thinkers and writers; knowledge of the basic questions addressed by philosoph; knowledge of the world-views and concepts associated with philosophic thinking; knowledge of one’s own world view and the logical outcomes of said world view.   Also, this course will introduce critical thinking skills as they relate to the academic study of philosophy.


Research essays.

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