It is an introduction to a philosophical thinking through the question: What does it mean to be human? It is an introduction of what philosophy is and the works of major philosophers. As a treatment of the meaning of human nature, the course considers the person as a physical being, a knower, as responsible agent, as a person related to other persons, to society, to God, and to the end, or purpose, of human life.

            In this course, we will examine different philosophical accounts of what it means to be a self. Our presumption will be that we as human beings are more than mere material bodies and we will inquire into the different ways in which philosophers from different eras have attempted to define this “more”. In doing so, we will discuss several aspects that characterize are lives as human beings, such as conscious awareness, reason and knowledge, freedom, time (past and future), personal identity, embodiment, and responsibility. This course will also examine the way philosophy looks for fundamental characteristics that identify life as a properly human life, asks about its ultimate meaning or purpose, and raises questions about what counts as a good life. 

                 World Literature provides literary forms and genres through selected works of literature from Asia, Africa, The Pacific, the Americas and Europe.

The course deals with the nature of identity, as well as the factors and forces that affect the development and maintenance of personal identity.The directive to know Oneself has inspired countless and varied ways to comply. Among the questions that everyone has had to grapple with at one time or other is “Who Am I?” At no other period is this question asked more urgently than in adolescence – traditionally believed to be a time of vulnerability and great possibilities. Issues of self and identity are among the most critical for the young.