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PHIL 1021 - Introduction to Western Philosophy

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: For over 2500 years philosophy has been concerned with an understanding of one’s self, one’s world, one’s relationship with others, and one’s place in the world. Philosophy integrates the findings of other disciplines and examines them in broader philosophical perspectives. Students will be introduced to the concerns and questions of philosophy through a variety of readings, both historical and contemporary and mainly from a Western perspective. The areas of philosophy that this course may cover: general introduction to philosophy, philosophical argumentation, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and the historical development of the discipline of philosophy.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts

Prerequisite(s): An assessment score placement in RDNG 1000  or above, or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Assessment score placement in ENGL 1021 , or completion of ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher.

Major Content
  1. General Introduction to Philosophy
  2. Historical context for the development of the primary ideas within metaphysics, epistemology and ethics
  3. Philosophical Argumentation
  4. Metaphysics
  5. Epistemology
  6. Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Read primary and secondary philosophical authors for comprehension.
  2. Analyze primary and secondary philosophical authors.
  3. Articulate a philosophical argument.
  4. Express coherent philosophical positions.


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