Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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

Description of Course:

Being an introduction, this course will chiefly consider what philosophy is at its foundation—What is philosophy? and What does it mean to philosophize? We will find that these seemingly simple questions resist easy answers, as there have been many ways and reasons for practicing philosophy over the past two and a half millennia. Yet, hopefully, we will discover that these questions—as well as the fundamental and various questions philosophy asks about all areas of human life—are today more pressing than ever. Toward these ends, we will read and discuss some of philosophy’s most influential texts, works that have helped influence and challenge Western thought. These readings, along with our in-class discussions and lectures, will additionally teach us different methods or “styles” of doing philosophy (Rationalism, Idealism, Existentialism, Phenomenology, etc.), as well as some of the different disciplines or “branches” of philosophy (Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Technology etc.). Moreover, by reading and interpreting these works on our own time—and then discussing them together in class—we will develop critical reading and thinking skills, as well as enhance our writing ability. Such things help us not only in other academic endeavors, but also in our personal and professional lives too.

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