PHIL 202 - Introduction to Philosophy
Spring 2020, Section 101
Instruction Mode: Section 101 is  Online (see other Sections below)
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 101 (234), 181, 182, 231, 232, or 297.
Waitlist Capacity:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course aims to introduce students to central philosophical problems and methods of philosophical analysis. Students will learn both how to critically engage with philosophical texts and to craft philosophical arguments. To cultivate these skills, we’ll read some classic philosophical texts as well as contemporary articles. We’ll discuss timeless issues---such as can we know that we’re not in the Matrix?---as well as distinctively contemporary issues, such as how to deal with the problem of fake news. Additional questions we’ll consider include: Does morality require impartiality? Why should we trust experts? Is lying ever permissible? What’s the difference between lying and bullshitting? and more!


PHIL 202 - Introduction to Philosophy
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101 (REC)
TuTh 2:00PM - 4:00PM

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