This course provides an introduction to philosophy and a review of the history of Western thought. This course will consider the nature of knowledge, truth, worldview, and the use of rhetoric in philosophy. There is are no prerequisites for this course, however students should approach this course with a willingness to learn and critically evaluate readings, contemporary issues, and personal beliefs.
Philosophy, as a discipline, is interconnected with almost all other areas of study, because philosophy is not defined by the issues or topics discussed, but by the way in which those issues and topics are evaluated. Every area of academics focuses on asking important questions about their area of study, but philosophy ask questions about topics that span multiple areas of study: life, reality, truth, morality, duty, identity, and knowledge to name a few. Philosophical inquiry is best understood as a dialogue, spanning centuries, full of debate, interruption, challenge, and continual refinement of thought. Literally, it is the love of wisdom. Practically it is striving for more wisdom and more truth through a constant process of refining thought.
Learning to engage in critical inquiry and analysis is important for this class and will help you succeed in any area of study or discipline you pursue.
- Teacher: Yvonne Harwood