What is the practical value of studying philosophy? Perhaps the chief practical reason to study philosophy is that you will acquire a very valuable set of skills. Philosophy is not just learning what other philosophers have thought. In philosophy you become the active inquirer, thinker, and solver of problems and not just a passive learner who memorizes ideas. Philosophy develops skills of critical and moral thinking, argumentation, information management, research, communication, abstract reasoning, and analytic and synthetic thinking. Students of philosophy also learn to identify important fundamental questions about themselves and their world through the process of clear, critical thinking and argumentation.
PHIL-010 - Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology and Metaphysics
PHIL-011- Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics and Political Philosophy
PHIL-012- Introduction to Philosophy: Existentialism
PHIL-051 - Asian Philosophy
PHIL-060- Logic and Critical Thinking
PHIL-065- Introduction to Ethics
PHIL-070- Religion: The Live Hypothesis
Philosophy Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate the basic skills of critical thinking and logical reasoning.Distinguish the basic philosophical concepts.Recognize and criticize the basic forms of logical fallacies.Analyze different modes and forms of logical reasoning.Compare the different philosophical traditions, divisions, and subjects of philosophical analysis.
Henry LiemFaculty, Philosophy(408) 298-2181 x3069Henry.Liem@sjcc.edu