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Introduction to Philosophy. Introduction to Philosophy. Instructor: Darren Hudson Hick SKN 1106 Office Hours: Tu/Th 2:00-3:00pm. Teaching Assistants: Michael Cifone 0104, 0106, 0107 SKN 1108B Office Hours: TBD Wesley VanCamp 0101, 0108, 0109 SKN 1107D Office Hours: Tu 1:30-3:30

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Introduction to philosophy

Introductionto Philosophy

Introductionto Philosophy


Instructor:

Darren Hudson Hick

SKN 1106 Office Hours: Tu/Th 2:00-3:00pm

Teaching Assistants:

Michael Cifone

0104, 0106, 0107

SKN 1108B Office Hours: TBD

Wesley VanCamp

0101, 0108, 0109

SKN 1107D Office Hours: Tu 1:30-3:30

Lisa Leininger

0102, 0103, 0105

SKN 1121 Office Hours: Fr 1:30-3:30


“What Am I Getting Myself Into?”

Course Overview

An introduction to the principles, concepts, methods, and applications of Western philosophy, dealing with such topics as the value of philosophy, the meaning of life, the existence of God, the nature of the world and our knowledge of it, and approaches to ethical problems.

Course Goals

  • To familiarize you with some of the core areas of Western analytic philosophy, including theories, arguments, counter-arguments, and applications.

  • To help you to develop your ability to rationally evaluate, understand, and construct arguments in these core areas and elsewhere.


“What Am I Getting Myself Into?”

Philosophy

Phil170

Phil140

Phil100

Logic

Metaphysics

Epistemology

Ethics

Aesthetics

Political Philosophy

Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Language

Philosophy of Mathematics

Western vs. Eastern Philosophy

Analytic vs. Continental Philosophy

  • Objects and Properties

  • Personal Identity

  • Space and Time

  • Normative Ethics

  • Metaethics

  • Applied Ethics

  • Philosophy of Physics

  • Philosophy of Biology

  • Philosophy of Chemistry


Course Requirements

First Paper: 20%

Second Paper: 25%

Mid-term Exam: 20%

Final Exam: 25%

Quizzes: 10%

100%

  • Term Papers

  • Exams

  • Quizzes

Late Papers & Absences

Special Accommodations

Classroom Courtesy

Academic Integrity

Course Textbook

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Other Readings


Class Schedule

  • Materials must be read before the day for which they are listed.

  • Readings may be subject to change.

01/29/07 Introduction

01/31/07 Arguments

02/05/08-02/07/08 Why Philosophy?

02/12/08-02/14/08 The Meaning of Life

02/19/08-02/28/08 The Existence of God

03/04/08-03/13/08 The World & Our Knowledge of It

03/17/08-03/21/08 Spring Break

03/25/08 Mid-Term Exam


03/27/08-04/08/08 The World & Our Knowledge of It

04/10/08-04/15/08 Ethics: Utilitarianism

04/17/08-04/22/08 Ethics: Kantian Ethics

04/24/08-04/29/08 Ethics: Virtue Ethics

05/01/08-05/08/08 Ethics: Subjectivism & Relativism

05/13/08 Exam Review

Final Exam


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