RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 009 Critical Questions in Philosophy
Term: FA 2008
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Course Note:
Enrollment in RCCORE 100 is limited to incoming Residential College students.
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this seminar we will study the arguments of a number of important European Philosophers from Plato to Heidegger as they address the following essential questions:

  1. What is philosophy and what kind of truth does philosophy seek?
  2. How do we know anything? (Epistemology)
  3. How shall we act? (Freedom, justice and the moral code)
  4. The Self and its conscience.
  5. How can we define beauty? What does art have to do with it?
  6. Does God exist?
  7. Man’s relationship to language.
  8. Why is there anything at all and not simply nothing?

We will read excerpts from Plato, Aristotle, Saint Augustine, Descartes, Pascal, Leibnitz, Hume, Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Buber, Jaspers, Heidegger and others. The motto of this course shall be: "THE UNEXAMINED LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING."(Plato) In structure this seminar will resemble a cooperative workshop in which everyone's contribution counts and insights and thoughts are freely shared. Participants will be expected to keep up with the assigned readings, make weekly presentations, be active during discussions, keep a philosophic journal and address selected topics in writing.

Our practical goals are to sharpen our reading acuity and improve our analytical, critical and argumentative writing.

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
15329
Open
1
1RC Ugrd
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MTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
15330
Open
4
4RC Ugrd
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
16796
Open
1
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
18187
Open
3
3RC Ugrd
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (SEM)
P
18188
Open
5
5RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
18189
Closed
0
 
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Th 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Tu 11:00AM - 1:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
18190
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
008 (SEM)
P
18191
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
009 (SEM)
P
18192
Open
3
3RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
010 (SEM)
P
18193
Closed
0
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
011 (SEM)
P
24868
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
012 (SEM)
P
21400
Open
1
2RC Ugrd
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
013 (SEM)
P
28216
Open
8
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
014 (SEM)
P
20107
Open
3
3RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
016 (SEM)
P
23908
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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