Fall 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Hiltz, Stephen
Discipline and Number
PHIL 1301 Section 002
TR Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Introduction to Philosophy

Description of Course:

The course will investigate a variety of influential philosophical perspectives, from Plato to the present day, on topics of perennial interest in epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of mind. We will ponder the following questions, among others: What sort of inquiry is philosophy? What weight should be given to the roles of sense perception and abstract conceptual activity in our attempts to acquire knowledge of the world? Is certainty possible? Can we attain genuine knowledge of anything beyond Nature? Are there any valid proofs of the existence of God? What is the most reasonable attitude to take towards matters of faith? What, exactly, does it mean to have a mind? What sort of relation obtains between mental states or events and the physical dimension of our being?

Required Texts:

Philosophical Horizons: Introductory Readings; Steven Cahn and Maureen Eckert, eds.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Being willing to think. Being open to revision/expansion of one’s current mindset. Being willing to explore odd questions.

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