Philosophy | Introduction to PHilosophy
P100 | 9384 | Koss


This course will introduce students to philosophy by investigating
questions about the objects and sources of knowledge. This theme
will lead us to other traditional philosophical issues. Some of
these are the grounds of moral and political obligation, the
relation between the mind and the body, the justification of
religious belief, and the nature of mathematical objects.

Students in the course will also learn to write effective
philosophical essays. To this end, some class meetings will be
devoted to learning the principles of good writing and good
reasoning.

Written work for the course will include a midterm exam and an final
exam, several short essays, and regular in-class quizzes and
exercises.

The primary readings will be taken from these books.

-Plato, "Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo."
Second edition. Translated by G.M.A. Grube, revised by John M.
Cooper. (Hackett Publishing Company, 2002.)

-David Hume, "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding." Second
edition. Edited by Eric Steinberg. (Hackett Publishing Company,
1993.)

-Immanuel Kant, "Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics." Revised
edition. Edited and translated by Gary Hatfield. (Cambridge
University Press, 2004.)

Students will also be required to buy and to utilize these two
rulebooks.

-Anthony Weston, "A Rulebook for Arguments." Fourth edition.
(Hackett Publishing Company, 2009.)

-William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, "The Elements of Style." Fourth
edition. (Longman, 1999.)