Spring 2011 Schedule of Courses

PHILOSOPHY 101: INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY
SECTION 3, 3:30 - 4:45 P.M.

PROFESSOR ALICIA FINCH

REQUIRED TEXTS
Plato, The Republic, Trans. C.D.C. Reeve, Hackett, 1st edition (2004)
Augustine, On Free Choice of the Will, Trans. Thomas Williams, Hackett, 1st edition (1993)
Hobbes, Leviathan, Ed. Edwin Curley, Hackett, 1st edition (1994)

COURSE CONTENT
This course introduces students to philosophy through the examination of several classic texts in the Western philosophical tradition. We will consider what some of the world’s greatest thinkers have said about issues in ethics, metaphysics (the study of being), and the theory of knowledge. We will consider: (1) what positions the relevant philosophers held; (2) how they argued for their positions; (3) to what extent their thoughts are relevant to our lives today.

COURSE FORMAT
Lecture, with some discussion.
Requirements: 4 in-class exams