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8.23.3 Philosophy Course Descriptions-1000 Level
Course Code
PHIL 1200  Credits View Details
Title Introduction to Philosophy 
Description An introduction to five main areas of philosophy. Topics are logical thinking; the criteria and limits of human knowledge; and three of: God, right and wrong, free will and the nature of consciousness, scientific inquiry, and social justice. Students may not hold credit for PHIL 1200 and any of: PHIL 1511 or the former PHIL 1510 or the former PHIL 1261. 


Course Code
PHIL 1290  Credits View Details
Title Critical Thinking 
Description A course which helps students to think clearly and critically, and to present, defend, and evaluate arguments. The instructor will discuss good and bad reasoning, everyday fallacies, some specific argument forms such as the categorical syllogism, and ways and means of defining words. Students may not hold credit for PHIL 1290 and any of: PHIL 1291 or the former PHIL 1320 or PHIL 1321.  


Course Code
PHIL 1300  Credits View Details
Title Introduction to Logic 
Description A course which helps students to think clearly and critically, and to present, defend and evaluate arguments. The course deals with categorical logic, non-formal fallacies, definition, modern symbolic logic and scientific method. Students may not hold credit for PHIL 1300 and the former PHIL 1320 or PHIL 1321. 


Course Code
PHIL 1420  Credits View Details
Title Philosophy as a Way of Life 
Description This course explores various texts and traditions that offer visions of the good life and focuses on connecting philosophical arguments with contemporary issues and day-to-day decision making. The goal is to think deeply and rigorously about foundational questions like how should we live, does life have a meaning, what justifies our beliefs, what obligations do we have to each other, and how to make rational decisions.