PHIL 4: INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Foothill GE:||Area I: Humanities|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify significant theories held by major philosophers (ex. Plato, Descartes, Hume,
- Explain and evaluate historically important philosophical arguments.
The student will be able to:
A. examine beliefs critically to determine the assumptions underlying them and the logical arguments used to support them.
B. analyze a wide range of philosophic topics, particularly those in the study of epistemology and metaphysics.
C. evaluate theories put forward by a significant range of historical and contemporary philosophers through examination of primary sources.
A. Introduction to the nature of philosophy.
1. Overview of the scope of philosophic inquiry and its fields of concern.
d. Axiology (ethics and aesthetics).
e. Political theory.
B. Epistemology: The Problem of Knowledge.
1. Basic questions of the limits, reliability and sources of knowledge from a historical and theoretical perspective.
a. Specifically, investigation of the issues of truth, justification and belief.
2. Issues and perspectives in epistemology.
3. Philosophy and science.
C. Metaphysics: The Nature of Reality.
1. Ontology: The study of being.
d. Non-dualism and process ontology.
2. Mind-body problem.
a. Nature of consciousness.
b. Functionalism and Identity theory.
3. Free-will vs. determinism.
a. Freedom and responsibility.
b. Hard determinism.
4. Religion and theology.
a. Theological concepts and the presuppositions concerning the nature and existence of God.
b. Ontological argument.
c. Cosmological argument.
d. Teleological argument.
e. Problem of evil.
D. Ethical and political implications.
1. Exploration of ethical and political implications of all above listed topics to be discussed in conjunction with each as relevant.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
A. Class discussion
D. Oral reports
Method(s) of Instruction
Lecture, discussion, cooperative learning exercises.
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Kessler, Gary. Voices of Wisdom: A Multicultural Philosophy Reader. 9th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2016.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Reading primary sources from relevant philosophers (Plato, Descartes, Locke, Hume, etc.)
B. Argumentative essay (term paper) on issues such as logical justification for the existence or otherwise of god, existence of free-will, etc.
C. Examinations, including various testing measures, including short answer questions and essay