Studies major topics in philosophy, such as the nature of human knowledge, free will and determinism, morality, the individual and the state, and the existence of God. This course was formerly known as PHIL 101. Prerequisite: None.
Studies historical and recent views on such issues as the nature of good and evil, right and wrong, justice, rights, the rational grounds for moral responsibility and moral decision making, and the objectivity of moral values. Addresses both traditional and contemporary moral problems. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL 098 or ENGL& 101.
An assessment of the major philosophical problems investigated over the past 2600 years by scholars in Asia. From Nargarjuna to Gandhi, Lao Tzu to Mao, study shared and divergent aspects of philosophy and religion and themes concerning nature, non-being and being, theory and practice, morality and happiness. Prerequisite: None.
An introduction to the critical examination of arguments in their various forms, whether oral, written, or visual. Coursework will emphasize the practical analysis of arguments in everyday contexts. Specific topics include identifying premises and conclusions; recognizing common types of arguments; understanding logical fallacies. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL 098 or ENGL& 101.
Introduces the principles of deductive inference with a focus on proofs in both sentence logic and predicate logic with quantifiers. Includes a study of semantic methods for testing validity. Prerequisite: MATH 097 or equivalent.
Studies the origins and character of philosophical thinking in ancient Greece and a critical examination of assumptions and concepts that were central to ancient Greek world views. The emphasis will be on works of the Pre-Socratic philosophers, Plato and Aristotle. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL 098 or ENGL& 101.
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