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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHIL 105 - The Meaning of Life

An exploration of the meaning of life from diverse philosophical traditions. Topics may include hedonism versus pessimism, theism, scientific humanism, and existentialism. Formerly PHIL 115, students may not receive credit for both. Course will not have an established scheduling pattern (Spring).

Credits: (5)

General Education Category: K5 - Humanities

General Education Pathways: P2 Health & Well-being

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:


  • Recognize and evaluate arguments regarding the meaning of life in a variety of philosophical approaches, from Eastern and Western philosophical traditions, including hedonism, pessimism, thesis, scientific humanism, and existentialism.
  • Compare the authors’ philosophical assumptions to your own in order to identify shared and differing personal and cultural assumptions regarding the meaning of life.
  • Identify how having a sense of purpose affects personal psychological and physical well-being, and how one’s psychological and physical well-being affects our sense of purpose.
  • Identify social policies that impact our personal sense of purpose and develop concrete policy proposals to improve societal well-being.

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