PHIL 100 A: Introduction to Philosophy

Meeting Time: 
MW 10:00am - 11:20am
GWN 301
Aaron Novick
Rose Novick

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Philosophy, in its most basic form, involves stopping to reflect on what one is doing: Why am I doing it? Should I be doing it? Could I be doing it better? Philosophical reflection is frequently occasioned when something we normally take for granted breaks down—at this point, we can no longer take it for granted, but must reflect on it. In this sense, everyone does philosophy sometimes, but not everyone does it consciously, regularly, or rigorously. This class, as in introduction to philosophy, aims to help you recognize the philosophical issues that will inevitably arise in your lives, and to equip you to address them. To this end, we will spend the quarter considering two concepts that we all rely on in our lives, but which are more complex than we often realize: ‘freedom’ and ‘love’. We will consider these com-plexities by reading and discussing primary texts from various of the world’s philosophical traditions.

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)
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January 13, 2022 - 6:54am