PHIL 234 - Introduction to Philosophy: Types of Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
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 297.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course offers an introduction to philosophy, its questions and methods, through some of the greatest classics in the Western tradition, from antiquity through the Middles Ages to the early modern period. These works address the following central philosophical problems:

  • How should I lead my life? What kind of person should I be?
  • “Do the right thing.” But what is the right thing? What makes it right?
  • Why do good people suffer? Is there a divine plan? And could we act freely if there is?
  • Do we know there is an external world? Can we know anything, apart from our own minds? What is the nature of the mind or self?
  • Is there a God? What is the nature of God? Do we have any secure proof?
  • Ought we to believe there is a God? Is it rational?

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This course has no prerequisites. Any terminology or techniques used will be explained in class.

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PHIL 234 - Introduction to Philosophy: Types of Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
002 (DIS)
TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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ISBN: 9780872206335
Five dialogues / Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo., Author: Plato ; translated by G.M.A. Grube, Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 2nd ed. 2002
ISBN: 9780140447804
The consolation of philosophy, Author: Boethius ; translated with an introduction by Victor Watts., Publisher: Penguin Books Rev. ed. 1999
ISBN: 9780521558181
Descartes : mediations on first philosophy ; with selections from the objections and replies, Author: ed. by John Cottingham., Publisher: Cambridge University Press Revised ed 1999
ISBN: 9780199538324
Dialogues concerning natural religion ; and, The natural history of religion, Author: David Hume / edited by J.C.A. Gaskin., Publisher: Oxford University Press Reissued. 2008
ISBN: 9780195179569
Writing philosophy : a student's guide to writing philosophy essays, Author: by Lewis Vaughn., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2005
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