PHIL 110.001 – Philosophical Texts that Changed the World: An Introduction to Philosophy through Great Works
Instructor: TBA (will be posted July 2022). This course meets TR 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in CW 105.
This course is an introduction to philosophy through the study of influential writings in its history. We will cover a range of questions in epistemology, value theory, and metaphysics, focusing especially on the following: What is knowledge, and what can we know? What is it to live a good life, and does the pursuit of happiness support or conflict with the pursuit of virtue? What is the nature of causation, and can we know that there is causality in the world? Texts covered will include the works of Plato, Aristotle, the Pāli Canon, Sextus Empiricus, Al-Ghazālī, René Descartes, David Hume, Lady Mary Shepherd, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and representatives of the American Indian philosophical tradition.