Brian Lars Enden
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.
There are two main goals of this course. The first goal is to engage in a detailed study of some the most important philosophical questions and the most important answers that have been offered to them. These questions include (but are not limited to): (1) Does God exist; (2) What can we know; (3) Are we free; and (4) For what are we morally responsible? The proposed answers that we will study will mostly be from historically important philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Mill, although we may have occasion to read some contemporary philosophers as well. The second goal is to hone our critical thinking skills. We will do this by studying argumentation, by critically evaluating the arguments of philosophers, and by developing the skills necessary to create our own arguments.
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