Philosophy | Introduction to Philosophy
P100 | 12245 | Churchill
Each of us has asked at least one of the following “big” questions
at some point in life: Are there good arguments for God’s
existence? Are such arguments needed in order for belief in God to
be justified? Are human beings free in our decisions and behavior,
or are we like machines, controlled by forces of which we are not
aware? Is there some part of me that is not physical, such as a
soul or a non-physical mind? How can we know anything at all?
These are some of the questions we will investigate in this course.
No previous background in philosophical study will be assumed, as
this is an introductory course in philosophy. What will be assumed
is a willingness to engage these issues, to think critically about
them, and to contribute to discussions that treat them.
Readings will come from both classical and contemporary sources, and
grades will be based on two in-class exams, a short paper, and in-