Introduces the history of Western philosophy from its origins in ancient Greece to the rise of science. Includes a study of pre-Socratics, major Greek philosophers, medieval philosophy, and rationalist and empiricist philosophy of the modern era.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
The goal of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the major figures in the history of philosophy, an understanding of the development of philosophical ideas over the centuries, and an awareness of the enterprise of philosophy.
- Medieval Philosophy
- Early Modern Rationalism
- Early Modern Empiricism
Define "philosophy" and its various branches.
State the major questions considered by influential philosophers and schools of thought of the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern periods.
Explain the answers given by influential philosophers and schools of thought of the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern periods listed above to the major philosophical questions of their day.
Describe the philosophical method of argumentation.
Summarize the arguments given by influential philosophers and schools of thought of the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern periods listed above.*
Assessment and Requirements
All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.
- Humanities and Fine Arts
- Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
- Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Determined by department