Philosophy | Introduction to Philosophy
P100 | 3731 | Wolsing


The goal of this course is to introduce and critically explore a
number of representative issues in Western philosophy.  We will
learn philosophy through doing philosophy itself, which entails
thorough and critical reading, reflection, and discussion.  It is
intended that each student will come away with an educated
perspective on major philosophical issues and a more thorough grasp
of how to reason, write and argue effectively.

Philosophy is the application of rational thought to questions that
cannot be decided through faith, science, or common sense alone.  We
will consider what we can know about God, what exists in the world,
and what it means to be human.  We will examine traditional proofs
of Godís existence, the metaphysical topic of what (if anything)
exists in the external world, and essays delving into problems of
free will.  Authors studied will include, but are by no means
limited to: Anselm, Aquinas, Hume, Descartes, Berkeley, Locke, and
Campbell.

The grades in this class will come from brief homework assignments
based on the reading, in-class assignments, three quizzes, and three
in-class examinations.