phi105 | undergraduate

Introduction To Philosophy

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In this course, philosophical thinking and reasoning are introduced through the evaluation of the historical development, key contributors, and principle issues of philosophy. Topical areas include both Western and Eastern philosophy, moral and political philosophy, religious philosophy, and feminism.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9 weeks

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    The Beginnings: The Nature of Philosophy and Early Greek Philosophers

    • Identify the philosophical views of Pre-Socratic philosophers.
    • Define philosophy, including the role of argument.

    • Identify the major branches of philosophy.

    The Journey Continues: Hellenistic to Modern Philosophy

    • Discuss the philosophical views of the Hellenistic and Medieval philosophers.
    • Compare key ideas of the Modern philosophical period.

    Thinking about Reason and Faith

    • Discribe the difference between philosophy and religion.

    Reacting to Those Who Came Before: Continental, Analytic, and Pragmatic Philosophy

    • Explain the Continental, pragmatic, and analytic philosophical schools of thought.

    Thinking About How to Live: Ethics or Moral Philosophy

    • Compare the major ethical theories of the Western tradition.
    • Describe the role of moral philosophy on individual ethical decision making.

    Thinking About Society: Political Philosophy

    • Compare the major political theories of the Western tradition.

    • Describe the role of political theory in contemporary political issues.

    Exploring Across the Seas: Philosophy of India, China, and Japan

    • Compare the principle schools of philosophy coming from India, China, and Japan.

    Setting the Foundation: Exploring Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

    • Describe the philosophical views of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

    Reacting to Modern Philosophy: Feminism, Postcolonialism, and Contemporary Philosophy

    • Discuss the principles of the feminist, postcolonialist, and contemporary schools of thought.
    • Describe how feminist, postcolonialist, and contemporary schools of thought are a reaction to former schools of thought.
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