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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 126 (GH) Introduction to Metaphysics (3) Explores the nature of being and reality, the problem of free will and the mind/body problem, identity, and causality.

PHIL 126 Introduction to Metaphysics (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 426]. PHIL 126 will provide a critical survey of key concepts, problems, and figures in the history of metaphysics and in contemporary studies in metaphysics and anti-metaphysical views. The course will develop the student's analytical and critical skills through studying the foundations of accepted belief regarding the nature of reality, being, life, mind, and God, and different philosophical arguments regarding the nature of these metaphysical questions. The thought of major, influential figures and their works will be emphasized, such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Ockham, Descartes, Locke, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Jams, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty. Students will be encouraged to articulate their own views in response to diverse metaphysical positions as well as life itself. Students will be graded on quizzes, re-writing and expanding quizzes, a collaborative research project and paper, and a comprehensive final exam. PHIL 126 fulfills 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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