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|Discipline and Nbr:
HIST WESTERN PHIL||
History of Western Philosophy
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||17.5 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
History of Western philosophy from classical Greek philosophy to the Renaissance, concentrating on Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
History of Western Philosophy from classical Greece to the Renaissance.
(Grade or P/NP)
Recommended:Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Not Certificate/Major Applicable
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1980||Inactive:||
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||C2||Humanities||Fall 1986||
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||3B||Humanities||Fall 1986||
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1980||Inactive:||
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1980||Inactive:||
| CID Descriptor: PHIL 130|| History of Ancient Philosophy|| SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHIL20
The student will:
1. Describe the philosophical views of the more prominent philosophers
of this period, including such thinkers as: the major pre-Socratic
philosophers, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and the major Hellenistic
and medieval philosophers.
2. Trace the development of Western philosophical thought from its
origins in ancient Greece through the medieval period, describing
how the views of the philosophers of this period developed out of
or in response to the ideas of theire predecessors to contemporaries.
3. Critically evaluate the arguments and viewpoints of the philosophers
4. Compare and contrast the major thinkers, philosophical movements and
ideas during this period.
5. Describe the historical and cultural contexts in which these *
philosophies were developed, in so far as this is necessary in
order to explain the significance of the ideas under consideration.
6. Interpret representative samples of the most significant
philosophical literature of this period (e.g. Plato's APOLOGY
EUTHYPHRO, and CRITO, Plato's REPUBLIC), and demonstrate this
understanding in writing.
Topics and Scope
A typical Philosophy 20 course covers the following topics in
approximately the following sequence.
1. Introduction - historical and geographical introduction to the
world of ancient Greece; overview of ancient Greek mythology.
2. The origins of Western philosophy in Miletus.
3. Heraclitus - flux and strife.
4. The Eliatic philosophers - Oneness and changeless (Parmenides and
5. Empedocles and Anaxagoras - early pluralists.
6. The Pythagoreans - natural law and mathematics.
7. The atomists - a mechanical description of nature.
8. The sophists - the relationship between rhetoric and philosophy.
9. Socrates - the pursuit of human excellence (the life of Socrates;
Socrates' approach to philosophy; the historical Socrates as *
as distinct from the Platonic Socrates; the APOLOGY; the death of
10. Plato - the life of Plato; the influence of Socrates, Pythagoras
and Parmenides; the theory of forms (including the allegory of the
cave, the divided line, and the form of Good); modern critique of
the theory of forms; Plato's physics; ethics; Plato's conception
of justice; religion (including soul, reincarnation and the
Craftsman); Plato's political philosophy; theory of art.
11. Aristotle - the life of Aristotle; Aristotle's response to Plato;
logic; form and matter; the four causes; teleology in physics and
astronomy; religion and the Unmoved Mover; Aristotle's biology;
psychology (the nutritive, sensitive and rational psyches);
Aristotle's ethics (eudaimonia, function, form, practical reason,
the virtues, the mean and the contemplative life); political ***
philosophy; theory of art.
12. Hellenistic philosophers - historical developments in Greece and
Rome; the Epicureans; the stoics; the cynics; the skeptics.
13. Medieval philosophers - origins and spread of Christianity; the
question of God's existence, the problems of universals, the
question of faith vs. reason; St. Augustine; John Scotus Erigena;
St. Anselm (with emphasis on the Ontological Argument); William
of Ockham; St. Thomas Aquinas (with emphasis on the Five Ways).
Assignments for Philosophy 20 vary but typically include the following:
1. Regular reading assignments from course text and supplementary
2. Regular or occasional quizzes which cover the assigned readings.
Quizzes may be either multiple choice or short essay.
3. At least two midterm examinations. Each exam is approximately one
hour long. Students must write in-class essays in response to
questions on material covered in class and in texts.
4. A final examination - approximately 2-3 hours long. Students must
write in-class essays in response to questions on material covered
in class and in texts.
5. Students may also be required to write a term paper in which they
research an issue raised in class and defend a particular position
on that issue.
6. Students will be encouraged to participate in class discussions.
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
65 - 95%
|Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
5 - 25%
|Multiple choice, SHORT ESSAY OR QUIZZES||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
10 - 20%
A HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY: THE CLASSICAL MIND, 2nd ed.,
Harcourt Brace Javanovich, 1970.
PHILOSOPHY: HISTORY AND PROBLEMS by Samuel Stumpf, 3rd ed., McGraw Hill,
THE GREAT CONVERSATION: A HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY,
Norman Melchert, Mayfield, Publishing Company, 1995.
THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY: A HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY,
William F. Lawhead, 1st ed., Wadsworth, 1996.