PHIL 101.001 – Introduction to Philosophy: Main Problems

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Instructor: L.A. Paul. This course meets MW 11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. in GS G100, with a recitation on Fridays.

This course will explore philosophical questions about the relationship of the mind to the external world, the nature of the self, whether there is meaning and purpose to human existence, and our sense of time and possibility. The course presupposes no background in philosophy, but you should be prepared to work hard and think rigorously. The readings consist of articles and selections from texts in philosophy. Primary assignments (more may be added) are two in-class essay exams, two short papers, and an open-book final exam.