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Philosophy

If you have ever wondered what it means to be happy, how to act morally or find meaning and purpose in your life, then you just might be interested in taking a philosophy course. If you are willing to take this journey down the rabbit hole of philosophy, be forewarned...you won't find any right answers. Then again, when will you ever have a chance to take a college course where there aren't any correct answers to the problems presented in class?

Training in the practice of philosophy means

  • Stating your own views as clearly and precisely as possible.
  • Seeking out the best possible arguments against your own views.
  • Understanding the arguments for alternative views as charitably as you can.
  • Critically evaluating the cases for and against a range of possible views.

These are skills that will serve you well in any intellectual problem you might encounter. Taking philosophy will help you develop skills that are important to many businesses and professions today. The study of philosophy develops many skills, including critical thinking, consideration of many different perspectives on a single subject and clear written communication on complex topics.

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
PHL 197 Manufacturing Reality: Critical Thinking & the Media 4

Addresses the growing impact of electronic media on our perceptions of truth and reality. Emphasizes skills to critically deconstruct and analyze the embedded values, messages, and techniques of electronic media as a basis for empowering students to formulate meaningful responses. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PHL 201 Being and Knowing 4

Introduces metaphysics and the theory of knowledge via the works of important figures in the history of philosophy. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PHL 202 Ethics 4

Studies attempts by philosophers to account for the difference between right and wrong, for the notion of moral obligation and to answer the question: How should we lead our lives. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PHL 204 Philosophy of Religion 4

Examines the existence and attributes of God, faith, reason and mysticism, religion and science, religion and morality, religious language and life after death from the perspective of the philosopher. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PHL 210 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 4

Introduces the non-dualistic philosophies of India, China, Japan, and South East Asia, which offer a complementary approach to Western traditions in logic, ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

PHL 211 Existentialism 4

This course will investigate existential philosophy from the 19th Century to the present. Students will become familiar with the different branches of existentialist thought and the influence existentialism had on philosophy, literature, and culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Philosophers who will be studied include, but are not limited to, some of the following: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Camus and Sartre. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121 and placement into RD 90 Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Bill Noonan Philosophy Instructor bnoonan@cgcc.edu (541) 296-8185