PHIL 232 - Problems of Philosophy
Winter 2016, 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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Philosophy has concerned itself with some of the most fundamental questions about human existence. In this course we will look at some of the most enduring hard questions philosophers have discussed. We will look at the intellectual significance of these questions, and the answers philosophers have proposed. And we will look at contemporary additions to this list of hard philosophical questions.

Some of the questions we will consider include:

  • How is learning possible?
  • What is the relationship between God, or gods, and morality?
  • Why should we obey laws?
  • Are minds part of the physical world?
  • Is belief in God a good bet?
  • What are our duties to future generations, or to the distant poor?

The readings we use will be drawn from ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary sources. One benefit of the course will be that we see how philosophers from different eras approached common problems. And we will get some experience in reading works from very different eras and cultures.

The course will provide an excellent foundation for any future philosophy course you might take. But it should also provide you with skills in close reading, critical reasoning and argumentative writing. These are useful when doing theoretical work in whatever field of study, or work, you go into.

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

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