Fall 2014





Introduction to Philosophy

Term: 
Spring 2014
Online: 
No
Subject Area: 
PHILOSOPHY (PHIL)
Course Number: 
PHIL 001 601
Schedule: 
Monday 6:30pm-8:00pm
Schedule: 
Wednesday 6:30pm-8:00pm
Day(s): 
Monday
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

ROSENTHAL, SAUL

Secondary Program: 
The Young Scholars Program
Course Note: 
Also fulfills General Requirement in History & Tradition for Class of 2009 and prior. Freshman Seminar sections offered
Course Description: 

This course examines some of the most fundamental philosophical questions through a careful reading of pivotal texts in Western philosophy, including works by Plato, Rene Descartes, David Hume, Thomas Reid, and G. E. Moore, as well as some contemporary scholars.  Our main focus will be on questions in metaphysics and epistemology, such as:  Are we born with anything in our minds, or are we completely "blank slates" at birth?  What is the nature of the soul, and is there an afterlife?  Does God exist?  What are the fundamental entities in the world?  What is the nature of knowledge exactly?  What can we know, if anything, about ourselves and the world around us?  Students will be encouraged to understand, articulate, and evaluate the arguments used by philosophers in response to these questions, and they will gain the tools to defend their own answers in thoughtful and systematic ways.