PHIL 232 - Problems of Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
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 some fundamental philosophical problems drawn from a variety of branches of philosophy.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • determinism, free will, and moral responsibility;
  • arguments for and against the existence of God;
  • skepticism about knowledge of the material world;
  • egoism, altruism, and the nature of moral obligation;
  • the ethics of belief and the nature of faith.

The course also seeks to develop, through written work and intensive discussion, skills in critical reasoning and argumentative writing. The course has two hours of lecture and two hours of discussion section each week. Course requirements are to be determined, but there will be at least two required papers and two hour exams.

PHIL 232 - Problems of Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
15075
Open
7
 
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TuTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (DIS)
P
29883
Open
2
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
40905
Open
1
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
15077
Open
1
 
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TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
15079
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
15081
Open
1
 
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
15083
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
15085
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
011 (DIS)
P
40909
Open
1
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
012 (DIS)
P
37225
Open
1
 
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Th 4:00PM - 6:00PM
015 (DIS)
P
45183
Open
1
 
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MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
016 (DIS)
P
45184
Closed
0
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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Note:
The main collection is the 14th edition of *Reason and Responsibility* (Joel Feinberg and Russ Shafer-Landau, eds.). This edition has a brown cover. Do NOT purchase earlier editions. They will be missing some required articles. Even for the assigned articles that appear, page numbers will be difference, so that using an earlier edition would be quite cumbersome. Also, it is fine to use the 1987 edition of the Nagel book.
ISBN: 9781439046944
Reason and Responsibility Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy., Publisher: Wadsworth Pub Co 2009
Required
ISBN: 9780195174373
What does it all mean? : a very short introduction to philosophy, Author: Thomas Nagel., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2004
Required
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