Introduction to Philosophy: Great Works (PHIL 110.002)

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Instructor: Daniel Layman. This course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 – 8:50 a.m. in Caldwell 103.

In this course, we will read, discuss, and argue about some of the most important Western philosophical works on God, mortality, and freedom of the will. Readings will include substantial selections from Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, and William James. There will be a good deal of reading due for each class meeting, and writing (both in and outside of class) will be the primary means of student evaluation. This course will provide students an excellent opportunity to engage with some of the most significant and enduring contributions to the Western intellectual tradition while improving their writing and reasoning skills.

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