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Provost, John

  • Departments:Humanities Division, Philosophy
  • Title:Adjunct Instructor
  • Email:jprovost@mpc.edu
Office Hours:         By appt. 
For Online classes, students must have access to a computer and be familiar with using the Internet. Course materials can be accessed the first day of the semester by visiting www.mpc.edu, clicking on Lobo Apps Quick Link at the top of the website, and logging in to Lobo Apps using your student user name and password. Once logged in enrolled students should click the link for Canvas. Students who have not set up their network/email accounts should follow the instructions on this web page: Activate your Lobo Account.
(If you need assistance setting up your account please visit the reference desk in the MPC Library or email websitesupport@mpc.edu.)

 

Courses I currently teach:


PHIL 2 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Offered Online

This course examines fundamental questions of philosophy through discussion of selected philosophers and student ideas. It compares philosophy to common sense, science, and religion, and explores the meaning of self-identity, human freedom, ethical values, immortality, and the existence of God.


PHIL 4 MORAL ISSUES
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course clarifies values in contemporary moral issues such as abortion, sexuality, the right to die, animal rights, and economic justice.


PHIL 8 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS
3 units • LG-P/NP • Offered Online

This course is an introduction to the origins, history, and significant ideas of the world’s major religions. It explores the fundamental insights, ideals, and contributions toward the human moral heritage and wisdom of the oral religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  


PHIL 10 INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL THINKING
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture• Offered Online

This course introduces the techniques and skills of critical thinking. It provides practice in using language clearly; identifying, analyzing, constructing and evaluating deductive and inductive arguments; and exposing common fallacies in everyday reasoning.


PHIL 13 INTRODUCTION TO EASTERN PHILOSOPHY
3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture• Offered Online

This course surveys the major philosophies of India, China, and Japan, and examines such concepts as karma and bondage, liberation, selflessness, meditation, and self-knowledge.

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