PHIL 181 - Philosophical Issues: An Introduction
Section: 101
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 182, 202, 231, 232, 234, or 297.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
May not be repeated for credit.
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We will explore three general areas of philosophy: epistemology, personal identity, and ethics. In our epistemology unit, we will explore issues such as the following: What is knowledge? How much knowledge do people have? What makes a belief justified? In particular, we will critically examine foundationalist, coherence, and reliabilist theories of justified belief. In our personal identity unit, we will explore the conditions under which one and the same person persists through time. In particular, we will critically examine theories of personal identity based on notions of a soul, psychological continuity, and bodily continuity. In our ethics unit, we will explore issues such as the following: What makes an act morally right or wrong? What makes something intrinsically valuable? What makes one state of affairs better or worse than another state of affairs? What does a person's well-being consist in? In particular, we will critically examine mental state, desire satisfaction, and objective list theories of well-being. The readings for the course will include both historical and contemporary works in philosophy.

PHIL 181 - Philosophical Issues: An Introduction
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101 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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