Jonathan W. Rosenberg
Major philosophical questions relating to such matters as the existence of God, the foundations of knowledge, the nature of reality, and the nature of morality. Approach may be either historical or topical. Offered: AWSpS.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to philosophy, not only as an academic discipline, but also as a set of skills that can be transplanted into the various areas in which the student will go on to study. This will be accomplished by considering several traditional philosophical topics, as well as by confronting questions about the nature and purpose of philosophy itself. Specific topics include: the nature and scope of our knowledge, the relationship between minds and bodies, the nature of scientific activity, and what it is that makes some of our actions right and others wrong. This class will place an emphasis on the practice of philosophy – learning to read, write, and speak philosophically; the ability to evaluate philosophical positions (both our own and those of others); and how to develop and maintain an open and productive discourse that includes peers with whom you disagree. TEXT: No Textbook Required.
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