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2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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PH 202 - Philosophy of Human Nature

An introduction to key ancient, modern, and postmodern philosophers and their views of human nature, and their application to contemporary philosophical issues.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 3 Units

Interactivity: None

Final Assessment: Final Paper and Proctored Exam

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe and contrast the main philosophical principles of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and discuss what you see as their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Discuss and critique the central features of Descarte’s rational philosophy and the critiques of rationalism put forth by the British-Empiricists Locke, Berkeley, and Hume.
  • Articulate and contrast Kant’s ontological philosophy and Hegel’s historically-oriented philosophy.
  • Identify the main principles of existentialism and postmodernism, and discuss what you see as their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Compare and contrast ancient, modern, and postmodern philosophy, and demonstrate how each period might philosophize about a particular idea or cultural issue.

Credits: 3

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