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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 102 (GH) Existentialism and European Philosophy (3) Introduction to European philosophy and issues of life, death, meaning, and absurdity, with a focus on existentialism and its development.

PHIL 102 Existentialism and European 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 402.) PHIL 102 introduces students to European philosophy over the past two hundred years. The course begins with the overview of major philosophical themes and developments, and then examines these developments in existentialism, philosophical literature, and postmodernism. The course will focus on metaphysical, moral, and social issues concerning the nature of reality, the nature of the self, the basis of values, and the relations between individuality and community. Students will critically consider these issues in required comparison/contrast papers, a position paper, a collaborative project, and a comprehensive final exam. This course serves as an introduction to the discipline and prepares students for further study in the history of philosophy. PHIL 102 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill major and/or minor requirements in philosophy. It is offered once a year with an enrollment of 35-50 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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