PHIL 100 A: Introduction to Philosophy

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:00am - 11:20am
JHN 075
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Paul Franco

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Philosophy asks a lot of questions about a lot of different topics, including what it means to be moral, how to live a good life, if God exists, if there is such a thing as objective reality, how language works, and what sort of progress science makes (or does not make). Many people have already thought about questions philosophers like to ask, and our questions are often relevant to current affairs. Our class will give you an opportunity to think about topics related to nature, truth, ethics, and the place of humans in the world in a systematic and critical way, while also thinking about their relevance to popular debates about free speech, artificial intelligence, environmental issues, and so on. In addition to learning about some of the major topics in past and recent philosophy, our class also aims to introduce you to some of the skills and methods of philosophy. These include close readings and analyses of texts, synthesizing complicated arguments and distilling them down to their essentials, and writing clearly and concisely.

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)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:19pm