Philosophy | Introduction to Philosophy
P100 | 3447 | Ceballes


The best way to learn about philosophy is through the activity of doing
philosophy.  As the German philosopher Immanuel Kant once said,
"Philosophy can be learned only through practice and the use of one's own
reason."  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to some of
the traditional philosophical methods, tools, and issues of Western
philosophy, so that students can continue to refine and cultivate their
own thinking about issues important to them.  An integral part of the
course is the give and take of classroom discussions; participation is
vital.

Some of the areas of philosophy we will survey include metaphysics,
ethics, epistemology, adn the philosophy of mind.  Our readings will
likely be selected from a standard anthology of philosophy essays,
supplemented with a work of fiction or a film.

The requirements for this course will include class participation,
quizzes, short summaries, two 3-5 page papers, and a final exam.