Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Amato, Lawrence
Discipline and Number
PHIL 1301 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Introduction to Philosophy

Description of Course:

This course, being an introduction, will chiefly consider what philosophy is at its foundation. We will find that this question resists an easy answer. Yet, hopefully, we will discover that it is one worth asking. Towards this end, we will read and discuss some of philosophy’s most influential texts, works that have helped shape Western culture and inform our values. This investigation will additionally teach us different methods or styles of doing philosophy, as well as the different disciplines that arise out of it. Moreover, by reading and interpreting these works together, we will develop critical reading and thinking skills, as well as enhance our writing. Such things help us not only in other academic endeavors, but also in our personal and professional lives too.

Required Texts:

Plato, The Republic (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1996) ISBN: 978-0393314670

Emerson, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (New York: Modern Library, 2000) ISBN: 978-0679783220

Keith Ansell Pearson and Duncan Large, eds., The Nietzsche Reader (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2006) ISBN: 978-0631226543

Heidegger, Basic Writings, Revised and Expanded Edition (New York: HarperCollins, 1993) ISBN: 978-0060637637

Emmanuel Levinas, Ethics and Infinity (Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 1985) ISBN: 978-0820701783

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

There will be two exams. Participation and preparedness will also be evaluated and factored into the final grade.

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