2021-2022 Yavapai College Catalog 
    May 27, 2024  
2021-2022 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

PHI 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

PHI 1101
Description: Introduction to questions in the major areas of philosophy, including the nature of reality, knowledge, values, and argumentation. Some questions may include: What is a person? What is the mind? Is there an afterlife? Do we have souls? How do you know that your beliefs are true? Does God exist? How can you determine the right way to live? What is the right way to argue? What is happiness? What is the meaning of life? Includes the history and topics of philosophy, critical thinking and the intellectual tools to study these topics in greater depth.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

General Education Competency: Diversity; Critical Thinking

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:

  1. The major fields of philosophy
  2. The value of philosophy
  3. Major historical developments and figures in philosophy
  4. Logic and critical thinking
  5. Metaphysics and the nature of reality
  6. Epistemology and the nature of knowledge
  7. Ethics and the nature of morality

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain philosophical terms and concepts. (1-7)
  2. Identify the major philosophical fields and questions. (1,3-7)
  3. Distinguish the major philosophical positions. (1,3-7)
  4. Explain the impact philosophy has had on other disciplines. (1-7)
  5. Analyze philosophical arguments. (1-7)
  6. Assess popular and personal beliefs. (1, 2)