Introduction to Main Problems (PHIL 101.001)

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Instructor: Wesley Sauret. This course meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00AM – 9:50AM in Caldwell 105.

We will be looking at four main problems in philosophy: (1) God’s existence and the problem of evil. (2) What is the relation between the mind and the body? (3) What makes death bad for creatures like us? What does our answer to this question mean for the moral status of abortion, euthanasia, and our current treatment of animals? (4) Do we have free will? How does our answer to this question impact our evaluation of whether we are morally responsible for our actions? We will be reading a selection of (mostly) contemporary papers that address aspects of these problems.

Please note: Some seats in this class have been reserved for freshmen and sophomores.

This course satisfies the PH general education requirement.

Wesley Sauret’s webpage