Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL-P 106

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Course Description

What is the world really like? What are we? What is a person? Does God exist? Do we have free will? How can we know anything at all? These are perennial questions of philosophy, and P100 Introduction to Philosophy invites students to consider them carefully and systematically. Some sections focus mainly on historical texts (Plato, Descartes, etc.), while others use mainly contemporary philosophical writings. The goal in every case is to help students grapple with these questions in an intellectually serious way, thereby sharpening their intellectual skills as well as deepening their appreciation of these issues.

As one faculty member puts it: Philosophy is like life—it is a no-holds-barred free-for-all, in which everything is relevant and anything can happen. Different sections of P100 focus on different topics, so be sure to check the course descriptions to make sure that you enroll in the section you want. Satisfies the Gen Ed A&H requirement.