Twentieth Century Philosophy (3) Examines the thought and influence of major Western thinkers of the century, including pragmatists, phenomenologists, existentialists, critical theorists, and feminists.
PHIL 204 20th Century Philosophy (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
As part of the history of philosophy sequence required of undergraduate philosophy majors, this course provides an overview of the central currents of 20th-century philosophy. This course in combination with the others of the sequence allows a consistent approach to history of philosophy. This historical sequence will comprise the core, of all philosophy major options. As a general education humanities course, this class: 1) develops a broad, coherent overview of the historical development of western philosophy in the 20th century, and the philosophical problems, methods, and results of this developments; 2) emphasizes the thought of major, influential figures and their works, such as Peirce, James, Dewey, Frege, Moore, Russell, Carney, Wiftgenstein, Hussel, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, debeauvoir, Addams, Stanton, Rich, Chodorow, MacKinnon, lrigaray, Horikeimer, Adorno, Habermas; 3) develops competence in interpretation and critical assessment of human values and their place in theory and practice as set forth in philosophically and historically central views that span all areas of philosophical thought; 4) leads the students to appreciate and think critically about the ends of human action and final, non-instrumental, aesthetic values in moral, political, and aesthetic experience (including attention to the metaphysical and epistemological foundations of this experience) as set forth in the work of major philosophers of the 19th century; 5) teaches students how to communicate clearly, think logically, and evaluate critically by providing them a critical survey of philosophical theories that are both important in the historical development of western thought and important for understanding continuing and contemporary philosophical issues today; and, 6) meets fully all its stated humanities general education objectives by providing students with texts that occupy a central role in the humanities, requiring careful oral and written analysis of these texts, developing abilities to think critically and imaginatively about the issues in these texts, and leading students to integrate course material with other humanities subjects such as literature, foreign languages, history religion, social and political theory, philosophy of science. Students will be graded on participation, three comparison/contrast papers, one position paper, one collaborative project, an a comprehensive final exam. PHIL 204 satisfies the GH requirement, it may be used to fulfill the minor requirements in Philosophy, and it is a prerequisite to the 400-level courses. This course will be offered once a year with an enrollment of 35 students.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.