Course Syllabus: Philosophy 101
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with CEU Certificate*
Philosophy is a mystifying, confounding, and wondrous discipline that affects virtually every aspect of human existence. While it attempts to consider the big issues of our lives, including our very existence, the nature of the world, whether or not knowledge is possible, what actions and thoughts are considered to be ethical, and more, philosophy--in one way or another--strives to place things in a meaningful context.
While often considered the purview of humorless old men that spend their lives in ivy-covered towers, philosophy is actually an integral part of the human experience. Indeed, it is often noted that most everyone engages in some sort of philosophy--whether they realize it or not. It is the aim of this course to introduce the student to the basics of philosophy and to provide a better appreciation and awareness of philosophy in a historical and, more importantly, personal context.
This course provides a brief overview of the academic discipline known as philosophy, a succinct history of philosophy from Ancient Greece to our modern day, a lexicon of philosophical terms and concepts, as well as an examination of the sub-disciplines of philosophy and several of the major philosophies that have shaped our world since the times of the pre-Socratic philosophers.
This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.
Lesson 1: What Is Philosophy?
Lesson 2: Coming to Terms: A Philosophical Lexicon, Part I
Lesson 3: A Manner of Speaking: A Philosophical Lexicon, Part II
Lesson 4: Metaphysics
Lesson 5: Epistemology
Lesson 6: Philosophy of Mind
Lesson 7: Philosophy of Religion
Lesson 8: Ethics, Part I
Lesson 9: Ethics, Part II
Lesson 10: Logic
Lesson 11: Social & Political Philosophy
Lesson 12: Unsolved Problems & Paradoxes in Philosophy
Lesson 13: An Overview of the Great Philosophers
All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.
Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.
By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Define what philosophy is.
- Describe the philosophical lexicon.
- Know metaphysics.
- Know epistemology.
- Describe philosophy of mind.
- Describe philosophy of religion.
- Know ethics in relation to philosophy.
- Describe logic and how it is used in philosophy.
- Know social and political philosophy.
- Identify unsolved problems and paradoxes in philosophy.
- Know the works of the great philosophers, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
|Lesson 1 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 1: What Is Philosophy?||9|
|Lesson 2 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 2: Coming to Terms: A Philosophical Lexicon, Part I||9|
|Lesson 3 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 3: A Manner of Speaking: A Philosophical Lexicon, Part II||9|
|Lesson 4 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 4: Metaphysics||9|
|Lesson 5 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 5: Epistemology||7|
|Lesson 6 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 6: Philosophy of Mind||9|
|Lesson 7 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 7: Philosophy of Religion||9|
|Lesson 8 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 8: Ethics, Part I||6|
|Lesson 9 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 9: Ethics, Part II||10|
|Lesson 10 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 10: Logic||10|
|Lesson 11 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 11: Social & Political Philosophy||9|
|Lesson 12 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 12: Unsolved Problems & Paradoxes in Philosophy||9|
|Lesson 13 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 13: An Overview of the Great Philosophers||9|
|The Final Exam||51|