Philosophy | Introduction to Philosophy
P100 | 10355 | Talcott, David


Course Description: Philosophy studies The Big Questions, questions
such as Does God exist? What is knowledge? How can we get it? Is it
even possible to know anything? What is a human being? How does
humanity relate to the world? Are we free to choose what we do? What
is the best way to live? We will take a historical approach,
studying the development of philosophy from Ancient Greece down to
the 20th century. Philosophers studied will include Socrates, Plato,
Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Berkeley, Kant, and
Hegel. We will try as much as possible to understand the history of
philosophy as one long conversation, or rational debate, between
very smart people about the most important things in life.

Required Books:

Jostein Gaarder. Sophie’s World. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New
York, 2007.
Plato. Five Dialogues. Hackett Publishing, Indianapolis, 2002,
Second Edition.