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PHIL 107 We Make the Road by Walking: An Introduction to Practical Philosophy

This introductory course examines the two central concerns of practical philosophy: wisdom and justice. In contrast to theoretical philosophy which addresses the nature of reality and being, practical philosophy addresses the pursuit of wisdom and justice in personal, professional, and civic affairs. Students will have the opportunity to examine their own lives and goals from a variety of viewpoints in consideration of practical understanding and avenues for action in relation to local communities and regional or national concerns. Particular topics will include personal ethics, civic duties, relations between law and morality, racial and social justice, professional ethics, environmental ethics, practical reason, and philosophical counseling.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 3, 2021 to December 12, 2021

Learning outcomes


  • Identify important questions in the pursuit of wisdom and the good life;
  • Examine personal life goals and practices in light of ethical values and the demands of justice;
  • combine empirical investigation and philosophical inquiry in understanding social issues and considering appropriate action;
  • demonstrate philosophical analysis of a matter of wisdom, ethics, or justice including its personal and social significance.

Fall 2021

Section Title Instructor
01 We Make the Road by Walking: An Introduction to Practical Philosophy Schweigert, Francis J Books Course details