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Studies in Philosophy at the University of Liberia provide the opportunity for open-minded inquiry and reflection on the most basic questions that concern man and the ultimate dimensions of his world. In the quest for new and fuller meanings, the Department of Philosophy and Religion offers a wide range of subjects that are intended to cater to the needs and requirements of students minoring in Philosophy.

There are no areas of specialization but special areas have been chosen to form the backbone of the program. The course covers the Greek era, the Medieval era and the modern-contemporary era. Courses in logic, ethics and metaphysics are offered in keeping with the tradition of teaching philosophy. Two courses have been developed to cover the vast and intricate area of African Philosophy in an attempt to answer the question: Does a genuine African philosophy exist?

Course Description

300 Philosophy - Introduction to Philosophy

The course is a pre-requisite to all courses in philosophy offered and is intended to provide the students with the fundamental concepts and meaning of philosophy. The subject-matter consists in the historical and critical analysis of definitions, concepts, systems and problems of philosophy.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

301 Philosophy - Ancient Greek Philosophy

A history of the development of classical Greek philosophy from the pre-Socratic to the closing of the pagan schools in Athens in the 6th century A.D.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

302 Philosophy -The Political and Ethical Thoughts of the Greeks

An examination of Greek political and ethical philosophy, with special emphasis on the ethical and political works of Plato and Aristotle; an attempt to apply the resources of Greek thought to some of the perennial issues of our times.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

303 Philosophy - Medieval Philosophy

A study of the major philosophical positions of Augustine, the neo-Platonists through Aquinas; their relevance to Christianity.

304 Philosophy - Modern Philosophy

A detailed examination of the classical positions taken on the issues of the self, God, man and the world; rationalism versus empiricism including the position adopted by Kant.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

305 Philosophy -Contemporary Philosophy

A study of the works of the principal existentialists and phenomenology; the problem of the true humanity and of the real. The works of Sartre and Hiedegger constitute the source and the terminus ad quo of the discussions.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

306 Philosophy - Religion, Science and Philosophy

Neither the Holy Bible nor the Koran can ba considered as textbook of science; the unanswered questions of these two books will be taken up and reviewed from the scientific and philosophic stance; materialism, its positive and negativa sides to be investigated; the discussion concerns issues of the world, man and God and their Inter-relationships.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

307 Philosophy - Ethics or Moral Philosophy

This course studies human conduct, its relation to the ultimate causa or principle of morality and to the proximate norm of consequence. Ethics examines critically the problems of moral responsibility and imputability, human liberty, sanctions, etc.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

308 Philosophy - Introduction to African Philosophy

The major question to be answered: Does a genuine African Philosophy exist? The contributions of various commentators are considered.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

309 Philosophy - Rational Psychology

This course analyzes the ultimate principle of life. It examines the nature, constitution, properties and functions of the rational soul as essentially distinct from the life principles of plants and brute animals. It also considers such problems as psychological liberty, spirituality and immortality of the rational soul.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

400 Philosophy - African Philosophy

Ancient or traditional thought as representative of the rationality of man and as the basis for present social, ethical and political philosophies in Africa today is examined. African communallsm is also investigated.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

401 Philosophy - General Metaphysics or Ontology

This course studies being-berth necessary and contingent under the category of substance and accident - as the fundamental basis of all philosophy. Metaphysics examines the relationship between Being and non-being. Absolute and contingent realities, the ontological principles of casualty, contradiction, etc.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

402 Philosophy - Cosmology and Philosophy of Science

The course covers early Greek attempts to provide a philosophic answer to the question regarding the essential nature of the physical universe the cosmos as well as the methods of modern science to test their validity. It seeks to discover the philosophical grounds for the answers provided by ancient and modern philosophers to the question of the ultimate character of the world.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

403 Philosophy - Logic

This course coven the general and specific principles of human reasoning and comprises a critical analysis of terms, Ideas, or concepts, propositions, simple apprehension, judgements, syllogism, etc. It further examines the possibility and the ultimate foundation of human certitude and the problems of human knowledge.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

405 Philosophy- Theodicy or Natural Theology

This course examines the meaning of purely philosophical arguments and problems Involving the existence, nature and attributes of the Absolute Being (God) or the Uncaused Cause as the ultimate foundation of all contingent reality. Theodicy rationally gives arguments for the relation that exists between God and creatures.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

404 Philosophy - The Grant Philosophers

The course surveys the major thinkers In the Western tradition. The principal objectives of the course are to trace the development of philosophy from the pre-Socratic era to the moderners, and to show philosophy as the thought of remarkable individuals and not as an integral part of cultural, social and political life. These objectives demand more account of individual thought than is usually given by historians. The course is designed primarily for philosophy majors as well as other Interested students.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

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