2015-16 College Catalog

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PHIL-101 Introduction to Philosophy

An introduction to world philosophy, which begins with the Western tradition and includes Asian and traditional African worldviews, as well as the voices of women philosophers and the peoples of the Americas. Focus is on major theories of reality (metaphysics), knowledge (epistemology), value (axiology), and logic.




Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121

Hours Weekly


Course Objectives

1. Define philosophy, its purpose and methods; describe the three major branches of philosophy – metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology.

2. Compare and contrast worldviews underlying Western, Asian, and traditional African Philosophy, describing these cultures and their values, views on human nature, aesthetics, and/or ethics of self and others.

3. Analyze the roles of Western, Asian, and traditional African Philosophy in shaping our understanding of the nature of reality, personhood, the route to knowledge, political ideals, and human rights and justice, as well as their interconnectedness from ethical perspectives.

4. Analyze the structures of common forms of deductive reasoning; determine validity/invalidity of arguments.

5. Analyze the philosophical issues underlying global social problems, and place one’s core beliefs within the worldviews expressed in Western, Asian, and traditional African philosophical traditions.