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This course is an introduction to philosophy through four major themes: The nature of the universe, the existence of gods, thought itself, and the mind/body problem. Throughout, we will appeal to reason and evidence in forming our best beliefs. Our discussions will range over historical and contemporary works in the Western tradition.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
active participation; four (5-6 page) essays
first-years and sophomores; there is no need to email the professor in advance to indicate interest in the course
meets 100-level PHIL major requirement
Students will craft 4 six page essays, each with extensive comments on structure and composition with an eye toward developing their skills in philosophical writing.