Introduction to Philosophical Problems

Derek A. Leben, Introduction to Philosophical Problems, Spring 2018

Course Description

Philosophy is the use of arguments and evidence to address foundational issues in human experience. This class will be an introduction to these issues, the methods philosophers use to address them, and some arguments that have been proposed to answer them. The topics are divided into six sections:
(I) Religion: Does God exist, and why does that matter?
(II) Mind: What kind of thing am I?
(III) Epistemology: What can we know, and how can we know it?
(IV) Ethics: How should we treat each other?
(V) Society: How should we organize society, and who should be in control?
(VI) The Purpose of Life: Why is death to be avoided, and life to be preferred?

Required Texts:

Exploring Philosophy (ed. Stephen Cahn)

Derek A. Leben, Introduction to Philosophical Problems, Summer 2017

Course Description:

Philosophy is the use of reasoned arguments and evidence to address certain foundational issues in human experience. This class will be an introduction to these issues, the methods philosophers use to address them, and some arguments that have been proposed to answer them. The topics are divided into six sections:

(I) Religion: Does God exist, and why does that matter?
(II) Mind: What kind of thing am I?
(III) Epistemology: What can we know, and how can we know it?
(IV) Ethics: How should we treat each other?
(V) Society: Is society a good thing, and how should we organize it?
(VI) The Purpose of Life: What is it all for?

Texts:

Not listed

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Introduction to Philosophical Problems, Spring 2016

Course Description

An introduction to some classical problems of philosophy. Topics vary, but might include skepticism, free will, the existence of God, and the justification of ethical beliefs.

Required Texts:

-Exploring Philosophy (ed. Stephen Cahn)

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Introduction to Philosophical Problems, Spring 2011

Course Description

An introduction to some classical problems of philosophy. Topics vary, but might include skepticism, free will, the existence of God, and the justification of ethical beliefs.

Required Texts:

None

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Introduction to Philosophical Problems, Fall 2012

Course Description

An introduction to some classical problems of philosophy. Topics vary, but might include skepticism, free will, the existence of God, and the justification of ethical beliefs.

Required Texts:

• Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings (ed. Perry, Bratman, Fischer)

Syllabus: 
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