Philosophy | Introduction to Philosophy
P100 | 20432 | Jacobs
The purpose of this course is, just as the title suggests, to
introduce you to philosophy. To do that, we will look at two main
themes in philosophy: God and persons. Does God exist? Can we offer
arguments for or against his existence? Are such arguments
successful? And what about us? What kind of things are we? Are we
physical beings? What is the relation between the mind, that thinking
part of us, and the body? Do we have a soul? Do we ever act freely?
Might we survive death? These and other questions will occupy our
discussions. Descartes’ Meditations will provide us with a guiding
text. We will read it carefully, and then use it as a springboard for
discussing the types of questions just listed. In the end, we hope to
equip you with the tools required to think critically about any topic.