The course will provide an introduction to some fundamental philosophical problems drawn from a variety of branches of philosophy. The course also seeks to develop, through written work and intensive discussion, skills in critical reasoning and argumentative writing.
Topics will be selected from among the following:
- determinism, free will, and moral responsibility;
- arguments for and against the existence of God;
- skepticism about knowledge of the material world;
- the nature of personal identity;
- the relationship between mind and body;
- egoism, altruism, and the nature of moral obligation; and
- the ethics of belief and nature of faith.
There will be two required papers and a midterm and cumulative final examination.
This course is open to students from all areas of the University. No previous work in philosophy is assumed. First-year undergraduates are welcome.
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