This course will provide an introduction to some fundamental philosophical problems. We will look at three topics:
- Questions about human well-being, i.e., about what makes for a good human life.
- Questions about fiction, including questions about the limits of imagination, and about how we can talk about people that don't exist.
- Questions about human minds, in particular, about how much of our mental life can be explained solely in terms of the beliefs and desires that we have.
The course also seeks to develop, through written work and intensive discussion, skills in critical reasoning and argumentative writing that should be of use in a wide variety of disciplines and professions.
There will be two question sets and two required papers.