Philosophy | Introduction to Philosophy
P100 | 4581 | 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, the
thinking part of us, and the body?  Do we have a soul?  Might we
survive death?  Do we ever act freely?  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.