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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 125 (GH) Introduction to Theories of Knowledge (3) Historical and contemporary views on the foundations and conditions of knowledge, belief, justification, and truth, conception, perception, and interpretation.

PHIL 125 Introduction to Theories of Knowledge (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 425) PHIL 125 will provide a critical survey of key concepts, problems, and figures in the history of epistemology and in contemporary studies in theory of knowledge. The course will develop the student's analytical and critical skills through studying the foundations and justifications of knowledge, knowledge claims, and the very nature of knowledge and belief fundamental to all human endeavor. This class develops a broad, coherent overview of fundamental issues of belief, knowledge, truth, justification, and inquiry. It emphasizes the thought of major, influential figures and their works, such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Kant, Kierkegaard, Wiftgenstein, Peirce, and Heidegger. Students will be graded on quizzes, re-writing and expanding quizzes, a collaborative research project and paper, and a comprehensive final exam. PHIL 125 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill major and/or minor requirements in Philosophy. This course 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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