• Philosophy

  • Catalog Year 2017-2018

    Philosophers are interested in trying to provide plausible answers to life's most profound questions. 1. What, ultimately, is going on? Is there a God who created us for some purpose? Must we grasp this purpose and take specific actions or be on the losing side of some great spiritual battle? Is God perhaps merely interested in watching the show? Is nature all there is and God a mere figment of our imaginations? 2. What kind of thing is a human being? Are we creatures of God possessing an immortal soul, or are we merely animals? Were we created by intelligent design, or are we the product solely of naturalistic evolutionary processes? Do we have sufficient freedom of the will to be truly deserving of praise and blame for what we do, or are we only complicated physical systems like computers and storms that are not responsible morally for what they do? 3. How should a human being live? Should I seek mainly my own happiness? How concerned with the welfare of others should I be? How should I treat others and expect others to treat me? It is true that philosophers rarely reach a consensus about which answer is indisputably the right one for any given philosophical question. But it is still the case that, as with other noble pursuits, the connoisseur of ideas can at least identify the few best answers, and from these few he or she can sometimes reach personal closure - an intelligent and informed personal closure. So why let others answer these questions for you? Why settle for being a second hand person? Isn't it time to own your mind?

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Identify questions addressed in the three main areas in philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology (including logic) and ethics
    • Recall some of the contributions of the major philosophers (e.g., Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, Mill and Rawls)
    • Examine some of the main problems and proposed solutions/criticisms in philosophy, along with the concepts instrumental to participating in the philosophical dialogue regarding these problems
    • Define the basic vocabulary of logic
    • Translate an argument from its original context into a more concise and orderly summary (i.e., an argument standardization or diagram)
    • Distinguish the main valid forms from invalid impostors
    • Assess the strength of the concise restatement of the argument, with particular attention given to the strength of the inference

    The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a philosophy degree at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-19 of the printed catalog.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer - Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH111 Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions 5
    PHL201 Introduction to Philosophy 4
    WR121 English Composition 4
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    PHL202 Fundamental Ethics 4
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5
    Humanities requirement2 3-4
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    PHL191 Language and the Layout of Argument 4
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5
    Oral Communication requirement3 3-4
    Social Science requirement4 3-4
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    Lab Science requirement3 4-5
    Science/Math/Computer Science requirement3 3-5
    Social Science requirement4 3-4
    Elective 3-4
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    Lab Science requirement3 4-5
    Social Science requirement4 3-4
    Elective 6-7
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    Health and Physical Education requirement3 3
    Lab Science requirement3 4-5
    Social Science requirement4 6-8
    Elective 3-4

    1 First-year language electives may be satisfied with the following course sequences: ASL101–103, FR101-103, GER101-103, JPN101-103, SPAN101-103.
    2 Suggested courses to fulfill humanities electives include: R210-212, COMM114, ENG104 or ASL201-203, JPN201-203, SPAN201-203. Note: Oregon transfer students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the second year of a language other than English (201-203 or equivalent) before graduation from their transfer school.
    3 This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree; please refer to degree requirements, page 10.
    4 Suggested courses to fulfill social science distribution requirements include: ANTH103, PSY201-203, PS200, HST110.

    Transfer Schools’ Web Links:

    Eastern Oregon University - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at EOU
    Oregon State University - School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at OSU
    Portland State University - Department of Philosophy at PSU
    Southern Oregon University - Philosophy Program at SOU
    University of Oregon - Department of Philosophy at UO
    Western Oregon University - Philosophies and Religious Studies at WOU