PHIL 297 - Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 181, 182, 202, 231, 232, or 234.
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Honors students or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will introduce students to philosophy by focusing on four classic puzzles, one from each of four subfields: ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and epistemology. Each simple puzzle raises complex issues at the center of contemporary philosophical debates. We will start with the trolley problem and related moral dilemmas, studying how we use our intuitions about thought experiments to build general moral theories. Then we will compare this philosophical method to contemporary approaches to puzzles about persistence, vagueness, and skepticism. Our aim in the course will be to engage with these puzzles, and also to reflect on how contemporary philosophers go about solving them.

Requirements include extensive careful reading, several quizzes, two papers, and a final exam.

PHIL 297 - Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
4LSA Hnrs
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LEC)
2LSA Hnrs
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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