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Philosophy 101: Introduction to Philosophy (2 credits)

An introduction to philosophy through the examination of a variety of philosophical problems in areas such as ethics, philosophy of mind and body, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, and philosophy of science. Emphasizes understanding of philosophical method.

Prerequisite: English 102 (You must take English 102 before taking Philosophy 101. You are not permitted to take English 102 and Philosophy 101 at the same time.)
  1. phi·los·o·phy n., pl. phi·los·o·phies. Abbr. phil., philos. 1.a. Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline. b. The investigation of causes and laws underlying reality. c. A system of philosophical inquiry or demonstration. 2. Inquiry into the nature of things based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods. 3. The critique and analysis of fundamental beliefs as they come to be conceptualized and formulated. 4. The synthesis of all learning. 5. All learning except technical precepts and practical arts. 6. All the disciplines presented in university curriculums of science and the liberal arts, except medicine, law, and theology. 7. The science comprising logic, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and epistemology. 8. A system of motivating concepts or principles. 9. A basic theory; a viewpoint. 10. The system of values by which one lives. (From the American Heritage Dictionary)

Quiz: Technically philosophy is a puzzle or a confusing or unclear statement or thesis. True or False? (Give adequate reasons and evidence for your answer. You may e-mail them to philosophy@coolemail.com)

Puzzle: In what way is philosophy like eating or making love? (You may e-mail your answer to Dr. Kwame.)


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