PHIL 2101 Syllabus FALL 19.docx - PHIL 2101 Problems of Philosophy Fall 2019 Kobie Colemon Ph.D 3114 Boylan Hall 718-951-5000 x1527 Office Hours Monday

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PHIL 2101 Problems of Philosophy Fall 2019 Kobie Colemon, Ph.D. 3114 Boylan Hall 718-951-5000 x1527 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 3:30 – 5:00 pm COURSE DESCRIPTION In this course we will explore western philosophy’s distinctive ways of understanding and thinking about perennial human questions: “What is real?” “What can I know?” and “How should I live?” We will consider traditional and contemporary examples of philosophical analysis and criticism. COURSE OBJECTIVES 1. Students will develop a conceptual foundation for future learning by exploring philosophical theories and arguments and will acquire related critical thinking and communication skills, plus the ability to write an argumentative essay. 2. Students will acquire a familiarity with and an understanding of some classic and contemporary philosophical literature and some fundamental philosophical issues, and will be able to explain important contributions to the history of philosophy and their relation to present viewpoints. 3. Students will develop openness to having their beliefs challenged, will learn to hear and comprehend the views of others, and to entertain objections to their own views. TEXTS There are no textbooks to purchase for this course. We will utilize free internet content, Blackboard uploads, and in-class handouts to facilitate all reading assignments. REQUIREMENTS 1. Quizzes: Each quiz will include multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and short essay questions taken from the readings, lectures, and class discussions. There are 4 total quizzes, 10 – 20 questions per quiz (plus one “bonus” question), and each quiz is worth 10 points.
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