North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707
Academic Course List
Introduction to Philosophy
An investigation of the methods and goals of philosophy as a distinctive mode of inquiry.
An introduction to basic rules and principles of critical thinking through an examination of the nature and structure of different kinds of argument. The goal of the course is to enhance the student’s ability to think clearly and rationally.
Images of Man
A critical examination of the major theories of human nature including Confucianism, Hinduism, the Bible, Plato, Marx, Freud, and Skinner.
History of Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
An historical survey of philosophy from classical antiquity through the Medieval period with special attention given to the philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas.
History of Philosophy II: Modern Philosophy
An historical investigation of major philosophers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with special emphasis on Descartes, Spinoza, Liebniz, Locke, and Berkeley.
A critical examination of ethical theories and contemporary issues related to social and economic justice.
A study of deductive arguments, problems with ordinary language, logical fallacies, modern symbolic logic, and inductive logic and scientific method.
An examination of ethical questions and issues related to business decisions, practices and policies.
Religions and the World
A comparison of the major religions of the world, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The course examines the views of each religion concerning the concept of deity, human nature, the meaning and purpose of life, and conditions of salvation/enlightenment.
Philosophy of Science
An investigation of the nature of science, scientific laws and theories, and scientific explanation in both the natural and social sciences.
Social and Political Philosophy
An analysis of central concepts in the logic of political obligation, justice, and law. The course explores the place of legal judgment in the context of value judgment in general.
Philosophy of Religion
An examination of the divine attributes, religious experience, faith, religious diversity, immortality, and conflicts between religion and science.
Philosophy of Existence
A study of philosophical literature dealing with basic aspects and dimensions of human existence. The primary purpose of the course is to provide a philosophical investigation of the “human condition.”
Philosophy of Art
An analysis of fundamental concepts of art such as beauty, form, aesthetic pleasure, together with an examination of some of the major philosophies of art.
Philosophy and Reality
A study of philosophical theories dealing with the nature of ultimate reality.
Permission of the Instructor is required. An intensive, comprehensive investigation of a particular philosopher, school of philosophy, or philosophical issue.