Philosophy | Introduction to Philosophy
P100 | 6120 | Schmitt


Topic:  Divine and Human Nature

This is a course on the nature of God and human beings.  We will
begin with the topic of God.  What reasons are there for believing
that there is a God?  What is Godís nature?  We will spend some time
on ethics.  How ought we to behave?  What is the basis for ethics?
Does it rest on theology, on convention, or human nature?  We will
then turn to human nature and address one of the central issues about
human nature, the mind-body problem.  What sorts of creatures are
human beings?  Are we merely material, in the way that animals are
presumed to be, or do we have immaterial souls as well?  Do we have
the prospect of immortal life?  We will treat these topics by reading
classical and contemporary writings of well-known philosophers.  We
will emphasize careful argumentation and analytical thinking