Philosophy Course Descriptions – Community College of Rhode Island

Philosophy Course Descriptions

PHIL (Philosophy)

PHIL 1010 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credits)

This course is a systemic study of basic philosophical questions, including: Is there a God? How is knowledge acquired? Does life have meaning? These questions are examined by reading major Western philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and others. Students learn and practice several critical reasoning skills applicable to academic, professional and personal areas of life. Lecture: 3 hours

PHIL 2020 - Philosophy of Religion (3 Credits)

A systemic study of basic issues in the philosophy of religion, this course covers the concepts of God, traditional arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, mysticism and philosophical atheism. Students engage in theoretical discussions, develop critical reasoning skills and gain practical insight into their personal philosophy of religion. Lecture: 3 hours

PHIL 2030 - Ethics (3 Credits)

This course is a critical analysis of main theories of moral conduct. In the areas of personal and social morality (e.g., citizenship, employment, student life, family life, etc.), some major moral problems are discussed such as capital punishment, abortion, race relations, social justice, war, sex and marriage, and ecology. When student curriculum needs in a given program, such as Law Enforcement, Nursing, etc., require a special focus, the instructor can provide special assignments to meet those needs. Note: Meets ethics requirement. Lecture: 3 hours

PHIL 2040 - Logic (3 Credits)

This course studies the basic principles of correct thinking in semantics and in deductive and inductive reasoning. It introduces beginning students to the logical techniques of thought and argument. Exercises incorporate various current issues and topics. Clear and adequate thinking is the goal of the course. Lecture: 3 hours

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