PHIL 232 - Problems of Philosophy
Fall 2014, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 181, 182, 202, 231, 234, or 297.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will address some perennial problems in philosophy via three classic texts. The first, David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (posthumously published in 1779), considers our reasons to believe that God exists. It asks: Is the apparent design of the world evidence for the existence of God, or many gods? What does the presence of evil in the world mean for the existence of God? The second text, John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty (published in 1859), considers the relationship between the state and the individual. It asks: When, and in what ways, is the state morally justified in restricting an individual’s liberties? What are the appropriate spheres of state interference, and when should the individual be left alone? The third text, Elizabeth Anscombe’s Intention (published in 1957) investigates the nature of intention and agency. It asks: What are intentions? How do they relate to beliefs and desires? What’s the relationship between intentions and actions? In addition to reading the texts themselves, we’ll also look at both historical and contemporary responses to their main arguments. Along the way, we will touch on in several areas of philosophy, including epistemology, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, philosophy of law, action theory, and philosophy of mind.

Intended Audience:

This course is open to students from all areas of the University. No previous work in philosophy is assumed. First-year undergraduates are welcome.

Class Format:

2 hrs lecture & 2 hrs discussion per week


PHIL 232 - Problems of Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
MW 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
TuTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM

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