Spring 2015 Classes

Philosophy 1 (Online)

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·      This course is a topical and historical introduction to theorizing about some classic questions in philosophy.  Among these questions are, ‘If God exists, why is there evil?’ ‘What am I?’ ‘Am I free?’ ‘Can I know anything?’ ‘What is real?’ ‘What is a good reason to believe something?’  To help us understand and try some answers to these questions, we will read some major thinkers from several traditions around the world.

·      The required textbook for this course is Lewis Vaughn’s, Great Philosophical Arguments, 1st edition (Oxford University Press, 2012); ISBN: 978-0-19-534260-4. Please feel free to purchase (or rent) a used copy of this text.

Philosophy 5 (Online)

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·      This course involves a sustained study of modes of argumentation. We are covering topics ranging from the nuts and bolts of reasons and the claims they support, to how to analyze and evaluate arguments as they occur in a variety of contexts (e.g., politics, entertainment, science, etc.). In the process of our investigations, we are learning and utilizing technical terminology, concepts, and developing specific analytical skills.

 

Unlike Philosophy 6 (see below), this course involves a significant amount of writing. More specifically, we will write papers that analyze arguments and papers in which you construct arguments of your own.

·      The required textbook for this course is Lewis Vaughn’s, Great Philosophical Arguments, 1st edition (Oxford University Press, 2012); ISBN: 978-0-19-534260-4. Please feel free to purchase (or rent) a used copy of this text.

Philosophy 6 (Online)