Philosophy | Introduction to Philosophy
P100 | 3455 | Finkelstein
Are you genuinely responsible for your actions? Might you have, or be, an immortal
soul? Do you know that others see the color blue as you do? Do you know that anything
exists outside of your own experience? In this course, we'll read, talk, and write about
these and other "big questions" – questions about what you are and what you can know.
You'll probably be graded largely on the basis of essays, which you'll prepare at home
and write in class. In addition, I'll be calling on you to speak with me in class about the
assigned readings – Descartes' Meditations and Simon Blackburn's Think. Two
warnings: (1) You will be called upon to speak in class. If you hate speaking in front of
your peers, this may not be the course for you. (2) You'll be called upon to follow
complex lines of reasoning – to think hard about hard things. Some (maybe much) of the
reading material will seem unintelligible until you've read it through slowly several
times. If you are looking for an easy way to meet a distribution requirement, this is not the
course for you.