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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 122 (GH) Introduction to Philosophy of History (3) Examines methodological foundations and interpretations of history, the objectivity of history, and the issue of history as design or chance.

PHIL 122 Introduction to Philosophy of History (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 422.) PHIL 122 will provide a critical survey of key problems, concepts, ideologies, and figures in the history of philosophy of history, and encourage and develop the student's analytical and critical interpretation and evaluation of the theses presented. The course will study key questions regarding the human past and the potentiality of the human future as reflective of the human condition more broadly. It develops a broad, coherent overview of the nature and philosophical status of history and the philosophical assumptions and issues in the practice of history. It also emphasizes the thought of major, influential figures and their works, such as Hume, Vico, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Rickert, Dilthey, Croce, Collingwood, Mandelbaum, Hempel, and Randall. Students will be graded on participation, comparison/contrast papers, a position paper, a collaborative presentation, and a comprehensive final exam. PHIL 122 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill the major and/or minor requirements in Philosophy. This course is offered every other 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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