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GCAS Interviews Prof. Gregory Sadler on his course, “Philosophical Foundations”

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The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) is please to announce a forthcoming course by Prof. Gregory B. Sadler, PhD entitled, CPHIL 515-100 “Philosophical Foundations”.  This course was created out of the demand that GCAS researchers (“students”) expressed.  Many desired to take foundational courses in philosophy.  We are pleased that Prof. Sadler will be offering this and other courses like this one at GCAS.  You may know Prof. Sadler from his work on Youtube where he’s reached global notoriety as his videos have been viewed over 1.5 million times.


Here’s a short interview about the course:

Philosophical Foundations is an introductory level course intended to familiarize students with key thinkers, basic concepts and techniques, and common approaches to the discipline of Philosophy.  Students will also be introduced to main sub-disciplines within the field, such as Metaphysics, Ethics, Epistemology, Aesthetics, etc.  This is an online course, structured around weekly readings and lecture/discussion sessions.

Here’s a longer interview with Prof. Sadler:

Course Outcomes:

A student who successfully completes this course by participating in all of the teaching/learning activities, and studying the textual passages and materials, will be able to:

  •   Identify key concepts, distinctions, positions, and arguments with the philosophers who originated or addressed them
  •   Identify and explain implications and examples of philosophical concepts in broader non-philosophical settings
  •   Identify and distinguish between different types, ranges, or orderings of goods and values.
  •   Distinguish and explain philosophical positions on classical and/or contemporary metaphysical issues or problems
  •   Distinguish and explain philosophical positions on classical and/or contemporary epistemological issues or problems
  •   Distinguish and explain philosophical positions on classical and/or contemporary ethical issues or problems
  •   Distinguish and explain philosophical positions on classical and/or contemporary issues or problem

Professor Gregory Sadler

Required Books and Materials:

  • All of the assigned texts for the class will be short selections drawn from classical and contemporary Philosophy texts already available within the public-domain.
  • Links will also be provided for those who would prefer to purchase physical copies of the texts.

Course Resources:

  • Within the Moodle website for the course, students will be provided with links to the readings, lesson pages on key ideas, problems, and distinctions, lecture videos, online discussion forums, handouts, and links to other resources.
  • Big Blue Button will be used for the online videoconferencing sessions.

CPHIL 515-100 Philosophical Foundations


Course Schedule:  

Course Times:  Sundays, 1pm-3pm EST

Course Dates:  April 9 – June 4, 2015

This is the schedule that will be followed over the course of the 8-week term

Videoconference meetings will last 2 hours and be held weekly on Sundays from 1-3 PM EST.  They will be recorded so that students who are not able to participate in them will be able to view them later.

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