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PHIL 220 - Introduction to Philosophy

3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [Reading Level 3 ]

This chronological survey of Western philosophy examines the ways in which thinkers have dealt with fundamental questions over the past 2,500 years. Examples of Eastern thought serve as points of reference and contrast to contemporary European and American positions.
OFFERED: every semester

Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1:  Display familiarity with major philosophers and philosophical methods

  1. Summarize terminology related to the study of philosophy
  2. Explain and discuss the thoughts of Aristotle in detail
  3. Display the ability to name the major philosophers of the western world and the historical time in which they were most influential
  4. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the thoughts and positions of at least two major western philosophers

Goal 2:  Demonstrate understanding of broad philosophical debates

  1. Summarize issues related to conformity vs. individualism and the pursuit of happiness
  2. Explain philosophical positions on the nature of religion, man’s search for meaning, and the ability to decide right from wrong
  3. Display interest in and foundations for exploration of a broad range of philosophical positions

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