PHIL 110 - Philosophies of Life (Gen Ed Area IV)
An introduction to differing accounts of what constitutes a meaningful life and how an individual can attain it. Representative topics include the notions of pleasure, love, empathy and power as discussed by such writers as Plato, Epicurus, Nietzsche, Lao Tse and Buddha.
Credit Hours: 3 hrs
Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines
PHIL 110 Philosophies of Life
The traditions and methodology of philosophy can be introduced by the study of any of a number of specific fields within philosophy. This course, by probing the meaning of life, introduces students to the major methods and areas of philosophical thinking. This course permits students to study philosophical texts from around the world as well as the rich tradition of community on these texts. As an introduction to the discipline of philosophy, this course provides students with the opportunity to learn what the discipline of philosophy provides to ones overall intellectual development. More generally, its method is critical and analytical reasoning- habits of mind that everyone needs - and it addresses some of the most fundamental concepts in human thought- the nature of human reality , the meaning of life, and the life well-lived. Both the skills and concepts addressed in this course help students in their educations, careers and personal lives.
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