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Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1115)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course is an introduction to the works and ideas of Western and non-Western philosophers, which emphasizes how philosophical questions and their answers have been dealt with by different thinkers in different contexts. Your development of familiarity with the ideas examined, as well as critical thinking and rhetorical skills essential for functioning effectively in philosophical argument are the basis of evaluation.

Topical Outline:
1. A survey of major sub-fields in philosophy, such as: the nature of reality, knowledge, and the self
2. A global survey of major philosophical traditions, ancient to present
3. A survey of philosophical approaches, such as: feminism, realism/idealism, religion, and intersectionality

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate an awareness of the scope and variety of works in philosophy
2. Explain and critically evaluate multicultural philosophical methods and theories
3. Recognize and articulate the value assumptions which underlie the philosophical interpretations, analyses, and evaluations made by themselves and others
4. Analyze how philosophies and the responses to them are embedded in larger social, cultural and historical contexts
5. Articulate an informed personal reaction to philosophical works and ideas

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

MnTC: Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts