Summer 2020NOTE: This data is offered for your convenience only. The schedule data is updated regularly and may not reflect recent changes to the Schedule of Classes. For full, up-to-date course information please visit the Office of the Registrar's website. Thank you.
1115 - Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Marcel Lebow
***First Half Term***
The discipline of philosophy is given short shrift in our culture today. Considered just haphazard opining, philosophizing is thought at best to be a statement one gives at a dinner party. One tells of "their philosophy", which inevitably amounts to a series of platitudes dressed up in long pauses and distant gazing. Otherwise, philosophy, it is said, has no place in contemporary society, and was just a series of lucky guesses and wild speculation only those in the past considered – a mere stand-in for a kind of thinking that the sciences now occupy.
Through a study of some of the classics of the Western philosophical tradition, this class aims to dispel such misconceptions and introduce one to the rigor and lasting relevance of the practice and study of philosophy. We will address questions that many of us wonder about at one time or another: Is there a god? What constitutes a good or evil act? Do we have souls? How do we know the external world exists? Does life have meaning?
What we will find is that philosophy at its finest delimits a field of investigation that, while informed by the sciences and other disciplines, can only be approached systematically through a kind of thinking unique to philosophy itself. Rather than a matter of paltry conjecture, philosophy puts limits on what we can say and think legitimately, and reveals to us certain possibilities of philosophical conclusion, separating from itself idle chatter and the remarks better left for books found in Barnes & Noble's quirky gifts section which predicate philosophy with one's favorite television show or movie.
Grades based on quizzes, online discussion, and two exams.
1120 - Logic, Reasoning, and Critical Thinking
Instructor: Michael Candelaria
***Second Half Term***
This course is an introduction to critical thinking and logic. We will survey the fundamental areas of critical thinking and logic including the following: interpretive and critical thinking skills, the nature of language and different functions of language, meaning and different theories of meaning, truth and different theories of truth, the structure of arguments, their components and the relation of inference, the construction and reconstruction of arguments, the diagramming of arguments, deductive logic, and inductive logic. In the course, there will be self-tests, quizzes, discussion posts and replies, and a three to four-page final essay. The objective is to improve your critical thinking skills, learn how to construct different kinds or arguments and how to evaluate them.
2220 - Greek Philosophy
Instructor: Joachim Oberst
Time/s: MTWRF 10:30-12:30
***First Half Term***