This course is intended to equip the student with a baseline understanding of issues and concepts that compose the Western philosophic enterprise, and to serve as a point of departure for their further studies in Philosophy.
After successfully completing this course students will be able to:
1. Identify historical beginnings of philosophy and contemporary positions concerning the nature of knowledge and reality;
2. Examine the relevance of language and logic to problems of knowledge and reality;
3. Distinguish the basic concepts of moral and political philosophy;
4. Evaluate arguments for and against the existence of God
5. Evaluate various approaches to the mind-body problem;
6. Evaluate various approaches to the problem of free will.
The readings for this course are a composition of web-based sources and public domain texts. The Course Outline in the syllabus has links for all course readings and videos. PowerPoint lecture notes and Podcasts can be found under the COURSE MATERIALS tab for the corresponding week.
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