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Philosophy is an amazing field of study that is the result of the human curiosity about answers to important questions. It does not take long to think of the many kinds of important questions that we all have asked: How did we get here? What is my life all about? How do I achieve happiness? Are there moral absolutes? Do I have free will? Is there a soul?, etc. Philosophy is that field of study that allows you to focus on the various answers given to “questions that matter” by thinkers trained in rational argument. Since philosophers do their best to answer a question with good arguments they have always valued skills in analytical thought. This is why they are regarded as the best logical thinkers on the planet!

By learning about their answers and how they argued for them, you will be inspired to seek the best answer you can to important questions yourself and articulate that answer with the best reasons.  The study of philosophy will increase your confidence about some of your convictions and at the same time cause you to revise some of your other beliefs.  You will also discover that your thinking will become sharper. You may enjoy Philosophy to such an extent that you decide to pursue the Associate of Arts degree with a Philosophy Plan of Study here at CCA.

The study of Philosophy could also help you get a job faster! Employers are aware that this field of study causes people to think more carefully and learn more quickly. This is what the study of philosophy will do for you. So what are you waiting for? Take a philosophy class and immerse yourself in a journey of exploration!

Contact Information: David Spiegel
Philosophy Coordinator
(303) 340-7562

Philosophy Courses

PHI 111 - Introduction to Philosophy (GT-AH3)

A graphic of a human head with a compass symbol etched on the side of the head3 credit hours - 45 Contact hours

Introduces significant human questions and emphasizes understanding the meaning and methods of philosophy. Includes human condition, knowledge, freedom, history, ethics, the future, and religion.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores.

PHI 112 - Ethics (GT-AH3)

People protesting and holding signs3 Credit hours - 45 Contact hours

Examines human life, experience, and thought in order to discover and develop the principles and values for pursuing a more fulfilling existence. Theories designed to justify ethical judgments are applied to a selection of contemporary personal and social issues.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores. 






PHI 113 - Logic (GT-AH3)

Statue of a philosopher

3 Credit hours - 45 Contact hours

Studies effective thinking using language-oriented logic. Provides tools and develops skills for creative and critical thinking. Emphasizes the development of decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores.



 PHI 114 - Comparative Religions (GT-AH31)

An ancient religious building3 Credit hours - 45 Contact hours

Introduces students to the major world religions from both the Eastern and Western world such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Bahá'í, and influential pre-literate traditions. Utilizes religious studies methods (historical, sociological, legal, psychological, and phenomenological), to understand the historical development of each religious tradition in terms of communities, cultural context, and modern manifestations; paying particular attention to differences between sects, denominations, schools, and factions within each tradition. Focus will include the examination of the charismatic leaders, prophets, and narratives that inform the worldview of each tradition.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores. 

PHI 214 - Philosophy of Religion (GT-AH3)

Thousands of candles lit3 Credit hours - 45 Contact hours

Focuses on the critical examination of fundamental concepts, ideas, and implications of religion. Specific topics include the nature of God, the varieties of religious experience, argument concerning God's existence, the problem of evil, faith and reason, religion and human destiny, and the connection between religion and ethics.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores.


PHI 218 - Environmental Ethics (GT-AH3)

A protest against GMO products3 Credit hours - 45 Contact hours

Critically analyzes theories of value of the natural world. Topics include the relation between scientific and moral principles; theories of the moral worth of persons, animals, plants and other natural objects; historical, religious and cultural influences on conceptions of nature; alternative accounts of human relationships and responsibilities to nature, including deep ecology and eco-feminism; and the connection between moral and political values and economic policies.


Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores.

 PHI 220 - Philosophy of Death and Dying (GT-AH3)

A person holding their hand atop a gravestone3 Credit hours - 45 Contact hours

Explores the major philosophical questions surrounding death and dying: The metaphysical arguments for and against the existence of a soul and life after bodily death, the epistemological assessment of arguments for the soul and life after death, the ethical justifications taken on positions such as rational suicide and assisted suicide, as well as a focus on philosophy's existentialist contribution to questions about the meaning of life and the meaning of death.


Prerequisite: Successful completion of CCR 092 (grade C or higher) or equivalent assessment scores.

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs)

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an AA degree in Philosophy from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Trace the evolution of the fundamental ideas in the history of philosophy, understanding how they shaped further ideas, concepts or schools of thought.
  • Apply decision-making criteria from the major ethical theories to specific moral issues.
  • Construct logically sound arguments in support of one's own personal position that are in response to intellectual discussion and exchange.
  • Write a formal philosophical analysis that identifies, analyzes and evaluates an important philosophical position and develops an original counter-position.
  • Grasp the argument in a primary source and then evaluate and respond critically in writing.


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