Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Garrett, Frank
Discipline and Number
PHIL 1301 Section 001
MWF Time 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Course Title
Introduction to Philosophy

Description of Course:

We will read four primary texts from the Western philosophical tradition that examine the fundamental questions of life: why do we exist, how should we behave, what does it all mean, and how can we know anything? In addition to a close reading of our texts, I will introduce you to the subject and practice of philosophy.

Required Texts:

Republic - Plato, trans. Reeve (Hackett): 0-87220-736-6
Nicomachean Ethics - Aristotle, trans. Sachs (Focus): 1585100358
Meditations on First Philosophy - Descartes, trans. Cress (Hackett): 0-87220-192-9 (3rd)
On the Genealogy of Morality - Nietzsche, trans. Diethe (Cambridge): 052169163X

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Midterm Exam
4 Critical Summaries
Final Exam
1 Presentation
Participation & Attendance

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