PHIL 202 - Introduction to Philosophy
Section: 004
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 181, 182, 231, 232, 234, or 297.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces students to philosophy through an examination of some central philosophical problems. Topics might include some of the following:

  • Are minds immaterial spirits, or are minds brains and hence nothing but complex physical objects?
  • If human actions are causally determined by heredity and environment, is there any moral responsibility?
  • Is abortion, or euthanasia, or suicide, morally permissible?
  • Is the nature and extent of our moral obligations determined by our feelings, self-interest, social convention, Divine commands, or something else?
  • What are the reasons for preferring one kind of social, political, and economic organization to another?
  • Are there good reasons for believing that God exists? How do we know that anything exists, other than ourselves? Some sections focus on major historical figures, e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, and Kant; others focus on writings of twentieth century philosophers.

Requirements usually include a number of short, critical papers. The course is taught in sections of 25 students, which should allow for ample discussion.

PHIL 202 - Introduction to Philosophy
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