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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 101 (GH) Pragmatism and American Philosophy (3) An introduction to American thought and its relation to American culture, with a focus on the development of pragmatism.

PHIL 101 Pragmatism and American Philosophy (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course, as with other 100-level philosophy department courses, is intended for Liberal Arts majors and others likely to take philosophy courses rather than for philosophy majors. (The analogous course for majors is PHIL 401.) Phil 101 is designed to familiarize students with introductory concepts, problems, and history of the American philosophical tradition. The course will explore basic themes in American thought such as nature, God, experience, democracy, progress and process, truth and meaning, focusing especially on the pragmatist philosophers. The course will examine the ways in which American philosophy develops its unique paths as distinct from the European tradition and what this legacy means today. Students will be expected to critically evaluate the problems raised by these philosophers as well as their influences on American society, politics, and culture. One of the principal goals is to enable students to understand better this rich philosophical tradition - for many students, their own heritage - and its place as both formative of and critical of the contemporary American philosophical, social, moral, religious, and aesthetic landscape. Students will be graded on participation, comparison/contrast papers, a position paper, a collaborative presentation, and a comprehensive final exam. PHIL 101 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill major and/or minor requirements in philosophy. This course will be offered once a year with an enrollment of 35 to 50 students.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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