Philosophy

Philosophy grapples with the questions that thinkers have pondered for ages, as well as contemporary issues. Jackson College offers individual courses in ethics, great world religions, introductory philosophy, and logic. The study of philosophy helps students to develop good careful reading skills, critical thinking, sound decision-making and judgment. It provides vital skills for those interested in careers in law, education, medicine and more.


Philosophy Courses

PHL 231 Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credits)

In this course, you will be exposed to some of the major figures in Western philosophy, and through them, some of the most important philosophical questions. You will discuss questions such as: Is ethics all a matter of opinion? What is the good life for human beings? When is the state justified in using coercive power? What is the nature of knowledge, and how do we get knowledge? What is the nature of reality? Can we prove the existence of God?

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 90

PHL 232 Logic (3 Credits)

This course gives you a background in both informal and formal logic. Informal logic, which is derived from everyday types of discussions and arguments, is dealt with first. Topics included are the nature of arguments in general, statistical arguments, and fallacies (bad arguments). Formal logic involves dealing with arguments in an artificial language and is the ancestor of digital computers and every computer programming language. You will learn how to manipulate the artificial language and construct relatively simple proofs.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 90

PHL 236 Ethics (3 Credits)

In this course, students will examine various questions concerning the status of ethical judgments and become familiar with certain approaches to ethics that have been influential in Western philosophy, including Kantian ethics, utilitarianism and virtue-based ethical theories. In addition, students will consider how these approaches can be employed in ethical decision-making.

Prerequisites: ENG 131

PHL 243 Great World Religions (3 Credits)

Students examine the literature and historical settings of great world religions. The relationship of contemporary thought is considered for representative groups.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 90