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Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (PHIL 1172)

Total Credits: 0
Lecture Credits: 1 -3 Variable Credit

Description: This course examines particular sets of issues relevant to contemporary debates in philosophy, undertaking further investigation of themes left undeveloped in Introduction to Philosophy. Topics for the course change from year to year. You will study primary texts as a basis for seminar-style discussions.

Topical Outline:
1. Historical background to the contemporary topic covered in this course
2. Key philosophers related to the contemporary topic covered in this course
3. Major texts related to the contemporary topic covered in this course

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate an awareness of the scope and variety of works related to this contemporary topic in philosophy
2. Explain and critically evaluate multicultural philosophical methods and theories related to this topic
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