Philosophy | Introduction to Philosophy
P100 | 3203 | Gupta


The aim of this course is to introduce students to philosophical thinking, and to develop
the basic skills that are prerequisite for it.  These skills include careful reading (and
listening) and critical thinking.  The goal will be achieved through an in-depth study and
examination of a number of texts on some central problems of philosophy.

The problems we shall discuss include: problems of practical ethics, the foundation of the
distinction between right and wrong acts, free will and determinism, the nature of mind,
and the foundation of knowledge.

Course grade will be based on quizzes, class participation, and several short writing
assignments.  The text is Philosophy: Contemporary Perspective on Perennial Issues,
edited by Klemke, Miller, and Hollinger.