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Colin Robert Marshall
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 will attempt to convince you of two things: (1) Philosophy is everywhere. (2) We humans are bad at philosophy... but we're not hopeless. The first part of the course will introduce some traditional topics in philosophy,including relativism vs. absolutism about truth, the nature of morality, and the role of the state. Our readings will range from long-dead philosophers like Plato to contemporary philosophers like Sally Haslanger. The second part of the course will focus on finding (and evaluating) philosophical content in surprising places, ranging from relationship advice columns to jokes to political speeches. TEXT: "Theaetetus", Plato; M. Burnyeat and M.J. Levett, translators.

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Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 02/19/2014