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This course is a vibrant course taught by a vibrant professor of philosophy (Dr. David Schenk of Messiah College) that introduces teachers to some of the essential elements of philosophy. Philosophy has traditionally been a capstone study (along with theology) for a classical education that follows the study of the liberal arts. Every classical educator, therefore, should have at least modest philosophical training. This course provides that by presenting us with some of the most central ideas, debates, challenges, arguments in the history of philosophy. The course begins with a call to using clear language to express clear ideas, then proceeds to a critique of modern relativism and skepticism about truth. Then Dr. Schenk proceeds to discuss ontology (the study of being), Anselm’s famous ontological argument for the existence of God as well as his cosmological argument for the existence of God. The course turns to examine the problem and the solution to the problem of evil as well as a presentation of the design arguments for the existence of God (including the fine-tuning argument) and concludes with presentations about causation and the free will debate.   Teachers taking this course will also enjoy hearing Dr. Schenk’s insights and passion for education in the recorded conversations with Dr. Christopher Perrin.

Dr. David Schenk has served as a professor of philosophy at Messiah College since 2006, where he teaches courses in logic and philosophy. Known for his clarity of thought and quick wit, David is passionate about helping students to learn the art of clear and cogent thinking. He is also an advocate for the renewal of classical, liberal arts education and has attended classical conferences hosted by the Society for Classical Learning and the Alcuin Fellowship.

In order to learn more about earning a certificate for this course, please visit our FAQ page and scroll down to the “How do I Obtain a Course Certificate?” section. By taking the course for certification credit, you will also be obtaining an elective credit toward a Level 2 certificate.

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Course Includes

  • 37 Lessons
  • 77 Topics
  • 24 Quizzes
  • 2.00 CEUs
  • 16.3 Hours
  • Course Certificate