This course will scrutinize the philosophical methodologies that Plato, Aristotle and the Greeks promote. The variations that come to light in epistemological debates and in the ethical and metaethical disagreements of the Stoics and Epicureans will be analyzed. A concentration will also be the issue of evil and queries about the meaning of life. Concentration will be on pre-Socratic philosophers, particularly Pythagoreans, Parmenides, Empedocles at the onset of the course. During the final part of the class attention will shift to Socrates and Plato.
You will gain awareness of traditional philosophical issues. You will come out of this class with enhanced thinking and writing skills. You will form skills needed to interpret arguments offered by philosophers, how to weigh those arguments, and devise forceful philosophical arguments of your own.
This course will acquaint the student to the thinking and philosophies advanced by Plato, Socrates, Empedocles, Parmenides, and Pythagoras. A realization of what philosophy is and how it influences our lives will be attained. Values and theories will be investigated. By the end of the course all students should:
- Understand what philosophy is
- Perceive how philosophy is relevant to practical issues
- Become adept in undertaking challenging questions
- Appreciate how the early philosophers have forged the beliefs and thinking today
- Develop an ability to think deeply
- Recount some of the instructions of Plato and Socrates
- Explain the diverse ideals and theories developed by philosophers
“A CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, (through either prior education or experience), equal to or greater than the student would have learned in a traditional college course.”
“Based upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.”
Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.
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- (2017) Historical introduction to philosophy: Wikiversity. https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Historical_introduction_to_philosophy
- (2016) What is Philosophy? Published by: Crash Course, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A_CAkYt3GY
- (2016) How to argue philosophical reasoning. Published by: Crash Course https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKEhdsnKKHs
- (2016) How to argue Philosophical Reasoning. “Induction & Abduction”: Crash Course https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wrCpLJ1XAw
- (2016) The meaning of Knowledge Published by: Crash Course https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXhJ3hHK9hQ
- (2001) An Introduction to Philosophy. Dr. Phillip A. Pecorino. http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/CONTENTS.htm
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