Fall Semester, 2011
Philosophy 110--Introduction to Philosophy
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:30-1:45 pm
305 Comer Hall
Professor: Michael Patton, 300 B Comer Hall
Phone Numbers: Office: 665-6434 Home: 665-9569
Course description: Catalog Description: Basic concepts, distinctions and theories used in philosophical thinking. Emphasis on reasoning and critical thinking as applied to problems in philosophy.
We will study the works of several historically significant thinkers in this course, starting in ancient Greece with Plato and extending throughout history up to our own century. By studying their thoughts on the fundamental questions of philosophy and life, we will see the ways in which these questions have been and could be fruitfully explored and answered. By becoming familiar with these issues, you will begin to see which answers or styles of inquiry appeal most to you.
I think the most interesting and instructive way to address these problems is by asking some of the central questions of philosophy and looking at the answers that have been given to these questions throughout history. The main issues we will study in this class are: The Existence of God, Perception and Knowledge, Free Will and Determinism, The Relationship Between Mind and Body, and Political Philosophy.
The successful student will engage the material in such a way as to deepen analytical and critical skills and will come to have a deeper understanding of how human beings attempt to understand the world. Additionally, the student's rhetorical skills will be enhanced, and an understanding of the unique role of philosophy in intellectual life will be fostered.
The dates and assignments contained in this syllabus are presented as a guide only. Actual dates and assignments may vary due to unforeseen occurrences.
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