PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 100-DL1: Introduction to Philosophy
(Fall 2022)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR


Section Information for Fall 2022

This course is an introduction to classical through contemporary Western Philosophy. The goal of the course is to acquaint you with some of the important positions and arguments on several central philosophical questions, such as: Does God exist? And if so, why does he allow so much suffering? What is a person? Do we have free will? How should a moral person behave? Is it morally wrong to eat meat or go to the opera while other people are starving? Are there correct and incorrect answers to moral questions like these?

Unlike many people's preconceptions about philosophy as being an esoteric or impractical field of study, these questions about religious belief and moral behavior are both practical and important for living our lives and structuring our society well. In this class we will investigate some of the answers that famous thinkers have given to them. And we'll also come up with and discuss some of our own. But perhaps more importantly, by considering these questions together we will learn to interrogate the basic assumptions for our cherished beliefs, become more attuned to our own limitations, and to gain a better understanding of the views of others and thus better understand those around us.

Details are on the course blackboard site, available now to all those enrolled in the course.

PHIL 100 DL1 is a synchronous distance education section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduction to the nature of philosophical reasoning and some of the main problems of philosophy. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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