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This course in Philosophy may cause you to wonder that’s what philosophy is “WONDERING.”

To philosophize is to wonder about life about right and wrong, love and loneliness, war and death, about freedom, truth, beauty, time and a thousand other things. To philosophize is to explore life. It means breaking free to ask questions. It means resisting easy answers. To philosophize is to seek in oneself the courage to ask painful questions.

Philosophy is for those who are willing to be disturbed with a creative disturbance. It is for those who continue to nurture that desire for truth and passion for learning. It is for those who still have the capacity to wonder.

Course Description

This course is an initiation to the activity and process of philosophical reflection as a search for a synoptic vision of life. Topics to be discussed include the human experiences of embodiment, being in the world with others and the environment, freedom, inter-subjectivity, sociality, being unto death.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a capacity for a critical and analytical reflection from the perspective of a holistic and profound vision of life;
  2. Value the understanding of philosophy within the context of the human person as free, intersubjective, and immersed in society and oriented toward death;
  3. Draft a “life-plan proposal that entails crucial analysis of life circumstances to respond to the demands and challenges of life in the 21st century.

Course Content


Chapter 1 – Pursuing Wisdom and Facing Challenges in the Twenty First Century

  • Introduction: Doing Philosophy
  • The Meaning of Philosophy
  • Recognizing Human Activities that Emanated from Deliberate Reflection
  • Branches of Philosophy
  • Why Become a Philosopher?
  • On Attaining a Comprehensive Outlook in Life
  • Philosophical Reflections

Chapter 2: Methods of Philosophizing

  • Introduction: Methods of Philosophizing
  • Analyze Situations that Show Difference between Opinion and Truth
  • Realize the Methods of Philosophy that lead to Wisdom and Truth
  • Evaluate Opinions

Chapter 3: The Human Person as an Embodied Spirit

  • Introduction: Transcendence in the Global Age
  • The Human Person as an Embodied Spirit
  • Evaluate Own Limitations and the Possibilities of Transcendence
  • Recognize the Human Body Imposes Limits and Possibilities for Transcendence

Chapter 4: The Human Person in the Environment

  • Notice Disorder in the Universe
  • Notice Things that are not in their proper place and organize them in Aesthetic Way
  • Show the care for the environment contributes to Health, Well-being and sustainable development
  • Demonstrate the Virtues of Prudence and Frugality toward Environment


Chapter 5: Freedom of the Human Person

  • Realize that All Actions Have Consequences
  • Evaluate and Exercise Prudence in Choices
  • Choices have consequences and some things are given up while others are obtained in making choices
  • Show situations that demonstrate freedom of choice and the consequences of their choices

Chapter 6: Intersubjectivity

  • Realize that Intersubjectivity requires Accepting Differences and Not Impose on Others
  • Appreciate the Talents of Persons with Disabilities and those from Underprivileged Sectors of Society
  • Explain the Authentic Dialogue that is Accepting Others Regardless of Individual Differences
  • Perform Activities that Demonstrate the Talents of PWDs and Underprivileged

Chapter 7: The Human Person in Society

  • Recognize How Individuals From Societies and How Individuals are Transformed by Socities
  • Compare Different Forms of Socities and Individualities
  • Explain How Human Relations are Transformed by Social Systems
  • Evaluate the Transformation of Human Relationships by Social Systems and How Socities Transform Individual Human Beings

Chapter 8: Human Persons Are Oriented Toward Their Impending Death

  • Recognize The Meaning of One’s Life
  • Enumerate the Objectives One Really Wants to Achieve and to Define the Project One Wants to Do in Life
  • Meaning of Life (Where will this lead to?)

Course Requirements

  • E-Journal / Blog
  • Compilation of all E-reflections

Performance Tasks

A. Midterm


  1. My View of the World
  2. My View of God
  3. My View of Myself

Big Task

  1. Philosophy of Life

B. End Term


  1. Summary of My Philosophy of Life
  2. Presentation of My Philosophy of Life

Big Task

  1. 3 Minute Video My Philosophy of Life

VI. Academic Performance Evaluation System:

Written Works…………………………………………………………….…25%

            Performance Tasks…………………………………………………………50%

            Quarterly Assessment…………………………………………..……….25%

Total 100%

VII. References:

Ramos, C. C. (2016). Introduction To The Philosophy of Human Person. (First Edition). Manila Rex Publishing

Kottak, C. P. (2008) Anthropology, The Exploration of Human Diversity (TwelfthEdition). New York: McGraw-Hill International

Corpuz, R. M., Leaño, R. Jr. D. (2012) Society and Culture with Family Planning. Quezon City: C & E Publishing, Inc.

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