DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITYCOLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTSPHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT
PHILOSOPHY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
Mark Anthony L. DacelaPhilosophy Department, WH 505 DLSU
PHILOSOPHY OF THE HUMAN PERSON is aimed at addressing the question: What does it mean to be ahuman person? The response is elucidated through the use of phenomenological method –a vital tool in the understanding of the human person. In this course, the student isencouraged to embark on a journey, to recall those experiences that challenge her as aperson. At the end of the reflective journey, the student awakens to a realization of thericher meaning of a person; it helps the student acquire intellectual breadth and depth,critical judgment, moral sensitivity and social consciousness which will enable her toprogress in achieving clear and mature decisions. A study of this subject will enrich thestudy of other subjects. This course is essentially competency-based; it is focusedprimarily on thinking skills, and as such is useful for students who want to increase theirability to analyze, evaluate, and articulate arguments in a variety of contexts. Eventhough this course is more about correct thinking than good writing its ultimate goal is toassist participants in making good oral and written presentations. Hence practicing howto express arguments in writing is an inherent part of our course work.
Course Outline:TopicsReading AssignmentsFilm Assignments
Tour of the Rabbit Hole
What is the Value of Philosophy?Why study of Philosophy?OverviewThe Problems of Philosophy (Chapter XV)Plato's Myth of the Cave
On the Limits of Human Knowledge: Can IKnow?
Can I know the External World?How can I acquire knowledge?What does
mean?Descartes' Meditation on First Philosophy(Meditations 1 and 2)
On Human Freedom: Am I free?
Am I free to act?Do rules govern my action?How do I make the right decisions?BeyondFreedom and DignityNo Exit – SartreExistentialism is Humanism
Minority ReportStranger than Fiction
On the Value of Life: Does my life havemeaning?
Does God exist?Can my life make sense?What is the Value of Religion?Nietzsche's The Gay ScienceWhy I am NOT a ChristianAquinas_ Proving God's Existence
Yes ManBruce Almighty
6 absences = 0.0 (Final Grade)◦2.
Students are expected to come to class prepared to contribute to the discussion. Participation includes active speaking aswell as attentive listening. An atmosphere of respect, openness and patience is expected in the classroom. I have a strict
NO LAPTOP, NO CELLPHONE POLICY
Creative Outputs(Format would be discussed in class)*
Bring the required readings in class. (Readings are uploaded on our Facebook Group)