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Michael Rosenthal
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.

Class description

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with several of the major themes in classical Western philosophical thought and to provide an overview of their historical development. What is real? What can we know? What is the basis of a good life and a just society? We will examine these questions and various answers to them through reading excerpts from the works of some of the great philosophers in chronological order, from the ancient to the modern period. We will also pay particular attention to the different styles and methods of philosophical argument. Students will be encouraged not only to master the material itself but also to develop their own critical and philosophical skills. The format of this course will be a mixture of lecture and discussion. TEXT: "Classics of Western Philosophy", Steven M. Cahn, ed.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 11/18/2013