PHIL 232 - Problems of Philosophy
Winter 2015, 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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Do we have free will? Does God exist? What is the correct moral code? Are the answers to any of those questions necessarily related? Fifty years from now, when you have very different beliefs and desires, what is going to make you the same person that you are now? How can you know that the external world exists? Even if it didn’t exist, why should you care?

The main goal of this class is that you deeply engage with these questions and thereby come to love the practice of doing philosophy. In particular, you will learn how to do philosophy well — how to read and write and talk and reason with an incisive and yet open mind — and you will enjoy engaging with these questions not just because they are themselves rich and intriguing, but because you appreciate your own developing skill in thinking about them.

Course Requirements:

The course requirements include careful weekly reading, presence and participation in lecture and section, two midterm papers and a final exam. All course readings will be posted on C-Tools.

Intended Audience:

No previous work in philosophy is required or assumed.


PHIL 232 - Problems of Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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