Liberal Arts > Philosophy

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Studies basic problems in different areas of philosophy such as ethics, political theory, metaphysics, and epistemology.


II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Students who pass this course must demonstrate they can:

  • Identify and explain the major branches of philosophy (e.g., metaphysics, epistemology, etc.); (GE 1)
  • Identify and explain philosophical language, individual philosophers and philosophical schools of thought; (GE 1)
  • Practice the Socratic method and other tools of analysis in oral communication in class discussions;
  • Critically analyze and interpret primary texts of philosophy; (GE2) and
  • Develop critical thinking in written communication by analyzing philosophical arguments and creating original arguments; (GE 2)

III. Topics

  • The Discipline of Philosophy
    • Metaphysics
    • Epistemology
    • Logic
  • Metaphysics & Epistemology in the Greek Period
    • Pre-Socratics
    • Socrates
    • Plato
    • Aristotle
  • Christian Eras
    • Augustine
    • Thomas Aquinas
  • Modern Metaphysics & Epistemology
    • Rene Descartes
    • Thomas Hobbes
    • Benedictus Spinoza
    • John Locke
    • George Berkeley
  • 18th & 19th Centuries
    • David Hume
    • Immanuel Kant
    • G. F. Hegel
    • Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Continental Traditions
    • Existentialism
    • Phenomenology
  • Pragmatic and Analytic Traditions
    • Bertrand Russell
    • Wittgenstein
  • Moral Philosophy
    • Epicureans and Stoics
    • Utilitarianism
    • Deontological Ethics (i.e., Kant)
    • Virtue Ethics (e.g., Nietzsche)
  • Political Philosophy
    • Plato
    • Aristotle
    • Hobbes
    • Natural Law
    • John Stuart Mill
    • Marxism
    • Liberalism

Scheduled PHIL-101 classes:

Fall 2019