PHIL 100 A: Introduction To Philosophy

Meeting Time: 
MWF 11:30am - 12:20pm
KNE 210
Ian Schnee
Ian Schnee

Additional Details:

This course is an introduction to a variety of philosophical problems that concern persons, morality, truth, and nature.  What are persons?  Are they identical to material stuff, like brains, or immaterial stuff, like souls? Is there an objective reality, and objective realm of truths, or are reality and truth dependent on the subject (such as on the subject’s perspective or conceptual scheme)?  Are there limits on human knowledge?  Can we ever have knowledge of reality?  Is science the fundamental authority on the nature of reality?  What is the nature of morality?  Are ethical norms objective or are they relative to one's society or culture?  If moral truths cannot be reduced to the subject matter of the hard sciences, does that mean that they aren’t real? We will examine both historical and contemporary readings, including Plato, Aristotle, René Descartes, Elisabeth Anscombe, Charles Mills and Philippa Foot.

TEXT: No textbook required. Course readings on Canvas.

Catalog Description: 
Major philosophical questions relating to such matters as the existence of God, the foundations of knowledge, the nature of reality, and the nature of morality. Approach may be either historical or topical. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
August 7, 2017 - 9:05pm