New Philosophy Class Starting Fall 2021
Social & Political Philosophy
Thursdays 1:30-4:15 pm
Lincroft Campus (In-Person)
This course will introduce students to the philosophical foundations of liberty, justice, law, and democracy. Students will be challenged to examine a variety of historically important ideas and theories concerning the nature and significance of the individual, the community, the state, liberty, rights, equality, and social & economic justice.
The goal of this course is to invite students to critically explore a range of historically significant social-political philosophical questions: What is liberty? What are rights? What is justice? What is law? Are there limits to the sovereignty of the state over the liberty of the individual? What is the relationship between the individual and the community? Is there a connection between morality, law, and democracy? Fundamentally, this course strives to challenge students to think critically about a variety of theoretical concepts and ideas that underpin the Western democratic tradition.
Why Study Philosophy?
Philosophy, for the love of wisdom.
- What is the meaning of life?
- Does God exist?
- What is knowledge?
- What is the nature of the self?
- What is right and wrong?
- What is truth?
- Do we have free will?
- What is the nature and significance of death?
Philosophy, to help develop strong cognitive skills and important intellectual values.
- Thinking critically.
- Analyzing arguments.
- Assessing value questions.
- Understanding theoretical issues.
- Constructing and articulating arguments with clarity, confidence and efficacy.
- Exhibiting an openness and intellectual generosity towards the ideas and arguments of others and other traditions.
- Presenting one’s own ideas and arguments with conviction and humility.
Philosophy, useful for many majors and careers.
- Publishing & Journalism
- Business & Finance
- Computers & Technology
- Religious Ministry
- Government & Foreign Service