|COURSE NUMBER:||PHIL 230|
|COURSE TITLE:||Introduction to Philosophy|
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:||Henry Schuurman|
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:||credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)|
|COURSE DESCRIPTION:||This course is an introduction to philosophy based on a reading
of representative texts from the philosophical tradition. The issues
connecting the texts to be read center on the nature of human being
|MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:||
philosophical problems and thinkers examined in this course will be
discussed against the background of the following assumptions
concerning the nature of philosophy: first, that philosophy is the
pursuit of wisdom; second, that the pursuit of wisdom involves, among
other things, systematic, critical reflection on values; third, that
systematic, critical reflection on values requires, among other things,
reflection on the underlying unity and purpose of all things; fourth,
that such reflection requires developing a self-conscious and critical
awareness of one’s deepest values and ultimate commitments.
The course is organized around several Platonic dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and the Phaedo. There are a number of key concepts and issues related to these concepts which the course will attempt to clarify and evaluate: philosophy, value, love, rationality, self, God, cosmos, and creation. In our study of these concepts and related issues, we will attempt to develop an understanding which is both critical and Christian.
Because the practice of philosophy is a group activity, it involves learning to talk to one another rather than through or around one another. Learning the art of philosophical dialogue also requires learning how to recognize, construct, and evaluate arguments. Throughout the course we will try to develop the analytic skills needed for reading philosophical texts with understanding.
Finally, then, let me summarize the main objectives of the course in the following way:
Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.
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