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After successfully completing the philosophy major, students should be able to:

  1. identify premises, conclusions, and unstated assumptions; analyze the structure of complex arguments, avoid logical fallacies; recognize and construct deductively valid arguments and inductively strong arguments;

  2. explain the main philosophical theories and methods of the Ancient and of the Modern philosophers;

  3. compare and contrast ethical theories such as psychological egoism, ethical egoism, ethical relativism, utilitarianism, deontological ethics, and virtue ethics;

  4. analyze at least three of the following issues in metaphysics: the existence and nature of God, change and permanence, the nature of time, the status of universals, idealism and realism, the mind-body problem, the problem of personal identity, the problem of freedom and determinism, necessity and possibility;

  5. explicate at least two of the following problems in the theory of knowledge: perception and the external world, defining propositional knowledge, defining a priori knowledge, the structure of epistemic justification, the problem of induction, and the problem of other minds;

  6. summarize major issues in at least three of the following sub-fields of philosophy: philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, medical ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of love, feminist philosophy, business ethics, philosophy of mind; and

  7. write a well informed, well reasoned, clear, well organized, and properly documented philosophical essay.