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Spring 2024
Jul 17,2024
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PHL 203 - Theories of Reality
Associated Term: Spring 2024
Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior. Analyze the nature of the self and the world, the relationship between matter and consciousness and free will
2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live. Examine their own beliefs in the light of various metaphysical theories. Apply metaphysical concepts to questions regarding the existence of God, death, and the meaning of life
3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society. Students study contrasting views of the individual in Eastern and Western philosophy
4. Assess different theories and concepts, and understand the distinctions between empirical and other methods of inquiry. Students learn the origins of the philosophy, which gave rise to natural philosophy or science. Students study and evaluate different theories of reality, including idealism, materialism and dualism
5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication. Students write forum posts and critical papers analyzing primary source materials and/or advancing a metaphysical thesis. Students participate in rigorous guided class discussions about fundamental issues regarding the nature of reality
6. Understand the diversity of human experience and thought, individually and collectively. Students survey a diversity of theories about the nature of the self and the world and compare and contrast them throughout the term
7. Apply knowledge and skills to contemporary problems and issues. Students apply metaphysical concepts to contemporary questions such as whether criminals ought to be blamed and punished or rehabilitated or whether God and an afterlife are required to give life meaning
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