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Olin M. Robus
PHIL 100
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Philosophy

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.

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This course is concerned with the basic question ‘What is philosophy?’ and aims to answer that question by engaging in the practice of philosophy. Topics to be considered include: external world skepticism; the difference between minds and computers; examining the nature of scientific knowledge; and investigation into the good life. Attention and emphasis will be placed on the methods, techniques, and skills that are of use to the philosopher, and more generally the critical thinker. TEXT: "The Philosopher’s Toolkit", Julian Baggini and Peter S. Fosl.

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Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 06/05/2013