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Claremont McKenna College    
  Feb 21, 2018
2017-2018 Catalog

General Education: Philosophy Requirement

All CMC courses numbered 59 and below fulfill the College’s general education requirement in philosophy. These courses vary in content. They may have a broad or narrow focus, and they may concentrate on the history of philosophy or specific philosophical topics. However, all general education courses have the following in common:

  • They teach philosophical methods, including the skills of interpreting and evaluating arguments in a rigorous fashion;
  • They apply these philosophical methods to multiple questions, problems, and topics; and they show how the methods can be applied to further topics outside the class;
  • They discuss the value of applying philosophical methods to problems of all sorts. In particular, they discuss the way in which critical enquiry helps us find the truth, understand our own way of seeing the world, and engage in thoughtful deliberation with others.

With the approval of the department chair, students who take a Freshman Humanities Seminar (FHS 010 CM ) taught by a member of the Department of Philosophy may satisfy the general education requirement in philosophy with any CMC philosophy other than  PHIL 095 CM - Fundamentals of Logic  or PHIL198 CM - Advanced Seminar in Philosophy .