PHIL 232 - Problems of Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 181, 182, 202, 231, 234, or 297.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is open to students from all areas of the University. No previous work in philosophy is assumed. First-term undergraduates are welcome. The course will provide an introduction to fundamental philosophical problems drawn from various branches of philosophy, through the study of representative works of five great philosophers: Plato, St. Augustine, Descartes, Hobbes, and Hume.

Among the topics to be discussed are:

  • the existence of God;
  • the problem of evil;
  • the relation between religion and morality;
  • knowledge of the self and of the external world;
  • determinism, freedom, and moral responsibility;
  • the relation between mind and body;
  • the immortality of the soul;
  • egoism and altruism;
  • the nature of moral and political obligation.

A central goal of the course is to develop, through written work and intensive discussion, skills in critical reasoning and argumentative writing. To that end, there will be two required papers, a midterm, and cumulative final examination.

PHIL 232 - Problems of Philosophy
Schedule Listing
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15223
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TuTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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30713
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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15227
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TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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15229
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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MW 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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44743
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MW 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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39497
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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ISBN: 9780872206335
five dialogues, Author: plato, Publisher: Hackett 2002
Required
ISBN: 0143039512
Confessions, Author: Saint Augustine ; translated with an introduction by Garry Wills., Publisher: Penguin Books 2006
Required
ISBN: 0872207986
Meditations, objections, and replies, Author: Rene Descartes ; edited and translated by Roger Ariew and Donald Cress., Publisher: Hackett Pub. 2006
Required
ISBN: 9780872201774
Leviathan with selected variants from the Latin edition of 1668, Author: Thomas Hobbes. Ed. with introduction and notes by Edwin Curley, Publisher: Hackett 1994
Required
ISBN: 9780872202290
An enquiry concerning human understanding, Author: David Hume ; edited, with introduction, by Eric Steinberg., Publisher: Hackett 2. ed 1995
Required
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