Philosophy

Program Level: Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Humanities
Institute: Creative & Communication Arts
College: NVC

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About the Program

“The aim of philosophy, abstractly formulated, is to understand how things in the broadest possible sense of the term hang together in the broadest possible sense of the term” - Wilfrid Sellars The questions pursued by Philosophers are incredibly diverse, but many of them around three important and fundamental questions: "What exists?", "How can I know about it?", and "What should I do?" These are big questions, and Philosophers have been trying to tackle them for a very long time in a lot of different ways.

What will I learn?

Our Program offers four courses which introduce students to different areas of Philosophy, and these areas are as different as the different fields in the Sciences. In our general introductory course (1301) students survey various historical and contemporary philosophical problems concerned with what kinds of things exist, what can be known about it, and how we might situate ourselves within it. In Ethics (2306) students are introduced to the concepts which are fundamental to understanding moral value, reasoning, and action. What is "good?" What kinds of acts are "right?" What sorts of situations or outcomes are "just?" In Logic (2303) students learn about the structure of formal arguments and proofs. How do arguments need to be structured to prove a particular conclusion? What are the common ways in which arguments can go wrong? In World Religions (1304) students learn about the diverse beliefs and practices of contemporary religions. Is there a "divine" or a "sacred?" How are human beings related to it?

What can I do with this course of study?

Philosophy and the skills of philosophical thinking are relevant and beneficial to many diverse careers, while philosophy students themselves go on to excel in whatever fields they enter upon completion of their course of study. Fields like Medicine (especially Bioethics) and the Law have many clear overlaps with Philosophy, and students who focus their studies in Logic will find many helpful applications of their skills in Computer Science, especially programming and the new and growing field of "Ontology."Students who graduate with degrees in Philosophy tend to score better than almost anyone on the various Graduate admissions tests and tend to earn better than other Humanities degree holders by Mid-career.

What is special about this program?

In Philosophy courses, students have an opportunity to think critically about concepts which are rarely investigated directly in other fields of inquiry. In general, philosophical inquiry involves uncovering and reflecting on many of the everyday assumptions behind what we believe and value. This provides a context in which students learn to discover, develop, and explain the reasons they have for what they do, say, and think. Often this demands the students provide a more concrete and explicit articulation of those reasons and ideas that will be required in other more specific fields of study or the normal course of their everyday lives. These experiences give students of philosophy an opportunity to think rigorously and carefully about a set of problems and questions that are often addressed elsewhere, and yet are of vital importance. In order to make this thinking clear, students are asked to express themselves through both oral and written argument. Ultimately, this is what all courses in philosophy have in common - rigorous thinking, speaking, reading, and writing – a critical set of skills necessary for success in today’s complex world.

Philosophy Resources

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Links

 
 

Africa

General information about Africa


China

Excerpts from The Analects (Confucius)

Tao Te Ching


Japan

Nihongo.org  (no longer exists)


The Ancient World

The Epic of Gilgamesh


Buddhism

Buddhist Information and Education Network

Wisdom of the Buddha


Christianity

The Bible


Hinduism

The Vedic Experience

The Hindu (Indian newspaper)

The Bhagavad Gita (no longer exists)

Hinduwebsite.com

Hindu Sacred Scriptures

Introduction to the Upanishads


Islam

The Holy Quran

The Koran

Islamicity

Al-Islam.org


Judaism

Navigating the Bible II (no longer exists)

The Jewish Virtual Library


News Sources

Al-Jazeera

BBC News

Today's Front Pages

World News

Google News


General Web links

National Geographic

National Public Radio (NPR)

Beliefnet

 

 

Available Courses:

Course Descriptions

PHIL 1301 - Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 2303 - Introduction to Logic

PHIL 1304 - Introduction to World Religion

PHIL 2306 - Introduction to Ethics

 

Faculty and Staff

 
Faculty

George Gittinger
ggittinger@alamo.edu 

Jon Rosenberg, Instructor
jrosenberg7@alamo.edu 

Charles Hinkley
chinkley@alamo.edu 

Cleophas Kukeya
ckukeya@alamo.edu 

Clifton Bryant
jbryant80@alamo.edu 

Clint Dunagan
cdunagan@alamo.edu 

Joseph Christianson
jchristianson@alamo.edu 

Marshall Naylor
mnaylor3@alamo.edu 

Mark David
mdavid10@alamo.edu 

Michael Karnavas
mkarnavas@alamo.edu 

Monica Young De Cantu
mdecantu1@alamo.edu 

Tom Gyori
tgyori@alamo.edu 

 

Contact Us

Humanities Dept. Email:
nvc-humagov@alamo.edu

George Gittinger
Coordinator

Location:
LOH-206N

Phone:
210-486-4766

Kimberly McClurg
Department Chair of Humanities and Government 

Location:
LOH-206A

Phone:
210-486-4418

Karina Ramirez
Admin. Specialist

Location:
LOH-206

Phone:
210-486-4856