Spring 2016 - 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 philosophical perspectives, from Plato to the present day,on topics of perennial interest in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion and philosophy of mind. We will ponder the following questions: What sort of inquiry is philosophy? What weight should be given to the roles of sense perception and abstract reasoning in our attempts to gain 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:

Cahn and Eckert, eds., Philosophical Perspectives: Introductory Readings, 2nd edition

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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