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2021-2022 Archived Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Archived Catalog

PHIL-101 Introduction to Philosophy

Credits 3 / 3 Contact Hours
Pre-requisite: Placement into ACRD-090, ACRD-091 or ACRD-092, completion of ELAP-110 with a minimum grade of 2.0, or successful completion of ACRD-080. 
An introduction to some important and influential philosophers and the issues and arguments they discuss. Topics may include theories of knowledge and justified beliefs the relationship between the mind and the body free will and determinism arguments for and against the existence of God and the nature of morality. Works from both historical and contemporary philosophers are discussed.

Course Outcomes
• NEW Students who successfully complete the course should be able to: • Explain some fundamental concepts in philosophy (esp. metaphysics and theories of knowledge). • Classify some fundamental concepts in philosophy (esp. metaphysics and theories of knowledge). • Analyze some of the major problems of philosophy (esp. metaphysics and theories of knowledge). • Evaluate some of the most well-known attempts to solve major problems in philosophy (esp. metaphysics and theories of knowledge). • Compare and contrast some of the most well-known attempts to solve major problems in philosophy (esp. metaphysics and theories of knowledge). • Reconstruct complex philosophical arguments. • Assess philosophical arguments by identifying premises and conclusions. • Assess philosophical arguments for validity/soundness or strength/cogency. • Devise philosophical arguments in clear writing and speech. • Defend the importance of being clear and precise in your speech and writing; critical and analytical in your thinking; rational in your approach to beliefs; and intellectually conscientious.