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Philosophy Certificate Course




12 Weeks


About the Course

Get a Philosophy Certificate

Are you interested in developing your critical thinking skills and engaging in deep reflection about the world around you? In this course, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of philosophy, which translates to “love of wisdom”.

Through an exploration of texts, thinkers, and ideas from philosophers from all over the world and throughout the ages, this course will equip you with a strong foundation of philosophical thought and theories.

What to Expect

The Philosophy Certificate Course is an online learning program with recommended readings from the textbook (Introduction to Philosophy). This course is self-directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Philosophy Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Philosophy Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course.

Course Topics

The Philosophy Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Philosophy Certificate you will earn from the United States Institute of Leadership and Diplomacy

Introduction to Philosophy

  • What is Philosophy?

  • How Do Philosophers Arrive at Truth

  • Socrates as a Paradigmatic Historical Philosopher

  • An Overview of Contemporary Philosophy

Critical Thinking, Research, Reading and Writing

  • The Brain is an Inference Machine

  • Overcoming Cognitive Bias and Engaging in Critical Reflection

  • Developing Good Habits of Mind

  • Gathering Information, Evaluating Sources, and Understanding Evidence

  • Reading Philosophy

  • Writing Philosophy Papers

The Early History of Philosophy around the World

  • Indigenous Philosophy

  • Classical Indian Philosophy

  • Classical Chinese Philosophy

The Emergence of Classical Philosophy

  • Historiography and the History of Philosophy

  • Classical Philosophy

  • Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Philosophy

Logic and Reasoning

  • Philosophical Methods for Discovering Truth

  • Logical Statements

  • Arguments

  • Types of Inferences

  • Informal Fallacies


  • Substance

  • Self and Identity

  • Cosmology and the Existence of God

  • Free Will


  • What Epistemology Studies

  • Knowledge

  • Justification

  • Skepticism

  • Applied Epistemology

Value Theory

  • The Fact-Value Distinction

  • Basic Questions about Values

  • Metaethics

  • Well-Being

  • Aesthetics

Normative Moral Theory

  • Requirements of a Normative Model Theory

  • Consequentialism

  • Deontology

  • Virtue Ethics

  • Daoism

  • Feminist Theories of Ethics

Applied Ethics

  • The Challenge of Bioethics

  • Environmental Ethics

  • Business Ethics and Emerging Technology

Political Philosophy

  • Historical Perspectives on Government

  • Forms of Government

  • Political Legitimacy and Duty

  • Political Ideologies

Your Instructor

Ashley Amerson

Ashley Amerson

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