PHIL 232 - Problems of Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
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 will provide an introduction to some fundamental philosophical problems drawn from a variety of branches of philosophy — metaphysics, philosophy of religion, the theory of knowledge, and ethics.

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.

In addition to grappling with these issues, the course seeks to develop, through written work and intensive discussion, skills in critical thinking and argumentative writing that should be of use in a wide variety of disciplines and professions.

Course Requirements:

There will be two required papers and two in-class hour exams. There will be no final examination.

Intended Audience:

The course is open to students from all areas of the University. No previous work or background in philosophy is assumed. First term undergraduates are welcome.

Class Format:

The course has two hours of lecture and two hours of discussion section each week.

PHIL 232 - Problems of Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
12181
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TuTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (DIS)
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18526
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Tu 1:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
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22331
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
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22332
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TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
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12182
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TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
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12183
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5
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
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12184
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
008 (DIS)
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12185
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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Note:
The 15th edition (2013) of Feinberg & Shafer-Landau has a picture of library shelves on the cover. Do NOT purchase earlier editions; page numbers for the articles will be different and some required articles will not be included. The 15th edition is NOT new this fall, so that used copies should be available.
ISBN: 1133608477
Reason and Responsibility, Author: Joel Feinberg and Russ Shafer-Landau, Publisher: Thomson/Wadsworth 15TH 2013
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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