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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHIL 401
Course Title: Significant Philosophers
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Careful study of one significant philosopher who has had a major impact on the history of philosophy. Students concentrate on understanding the philosopher as well as placing him or her in an historical context. Emphasis is on systematic thinkers. May be repeated with instructor’s permission. Prerequisite: PHIL 321 or PHIL 322.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): PHIL 321 or PHIL 322.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Collected Dialogues
By Plato (Pantheon Books)
Critique of Pure Reason
By Kant (Cambridge University Press)
Phenomenology of Spirit
By Kegel (Oxford University Press)
Being and Time
By Heidegger (Harper San Francisco)
Course Objectives
  • To become familiar with the matter and method of contemporary study of the history of philosophy.
  • To become familiar with some of the classic texts from the history of philosophy.
  • To appreciate the significance, complexity and beauty of systematic philosophy.
  • To understand the views of some of the giants of philosophy as well as the arguments in support of those views.
  • To understand the lasting relationship contemporary philosophy has with the history of Western philosophy.
    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Read classic philosophical prose for critical understanding.
  • Explain the classic issues and problems in the history of philsophy.
  • Formalize sophisticated philosophical arguments.
  • Analyze and provide criticism of sophisticated philosophical arguments.
  • Explain the method of Western philosophy and how contemporary philosophy treats the history of philosophy.
  • Join in the ongoing dialogue with great systematic philosophers in the Western tradition.
    Topical Outline: Topical outline should follow author’s outline in major treatise covered.

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Mark Price Date: April 2, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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