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PHIL2240 – Non-Western Philosophical Perspectives pdf

Credits: 3 (3/0/0)
Description: Meets MnTC Goal Areas 6 and 8. This course explores the standard introduction to philosophy-type questions (e.g. does God exist; are humans completely physical beings; can we have knowledge; how can we differentiate between right and wrong; do we have free will; etc.) mainly from the standpoint of non-Western thinkers. We will consider how such questions have been pursued and answered in historically non-dominant cultures (i.e. Asian, Africana, Latin American and indigenous) and compare and contrast our findings with the dominant Western philosophies. After taking this course, students should be better able to place contemporary philosophical issues in a global context and be better able to interact with and understand members of a diverse society.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
  1. Seek out a variety of possible goals, assumptions, interpretations, or perspectives which can give alternative meanings or solutions to given situations or problems.
  2. Articulate various approaches to questions of existence, right and wrong, and the existence of God primarily from a non-Western perspective.
  3. Acquaint and challenge oneself with alternative philosophical perspectives.
  4. Acquaint oneself with richness of philosophical traditions of other cultures.
  5. Accept the significant place that advancements in philosophical understanding have in fruitful cultural dialogue.
  6. Adjust one's own perspective to the reality of the diverse cultural perspectives in our world.
  7. Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the philosophical differences that affect their solution.
  8. Acquire a greater ability for comparing, analyzing, and contrasting different philosophical perspectives.
  9. Utilize their broader perspectives in their writings and discussions.
MnTC goal areas:
  • 6. The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • 8. Global Perspective

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