Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Garrett, Frank
Discipline and Number
PHIL 1301 Section 001
MWF Time 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Course Title
Introduction to Philosophy

Description of Course:

Having been defined as both "the love of wisdom" (Socrates) and "the wisdom of love" (Levinas), philosophy seeks to discover what is proper to human being. In this introductory course, we will explore the nature of philosophical questioning. Our engagement with and employment of philosophical inquiry will be twofold: we will read seminal philosophical texts in order to learn philosophy’s content, and we will read these texts philosophically in order to learn its form and methodology. In our attempts to understand better the philosophical way of being in the world, we will explore the ethical projects from the Republic, Nicomachean Ethics, Meditations on First Philosophy, and On the Genealogy of Morality.

Learning Objectives
• Learn about the history of philosophy as well as about some of the most important thinkers of all times and their projects.
• Develop an awareness of philosophy’s role in your life and its relation to science, religion, and the arts.
• Develop a college-level vocabulary for the field.
• Develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.
• Develop analytical and interpretational skills.
• Learn to articulate your own understanding of some of philosophy’s seminal texts.

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): 9780521691635 (revised student edition)
Existentialism Is a Humanism – Sartre, trans. Macomber (Yale): 978-0-300-11546-8

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

4 Critical Summaries
Comprehensive Essay Final Exam
1 Presentation (4-6 minutes)
Participation & Attendance

Please note that no electronic devices (including but not limited to Wi-Fi-enabled computers, cellular telephones, cameras, and digital voice recorders) are permitted in class unless a compelling case can be made to the ADA Coordinator.

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