Philosopher in Meditation
, oil on wood by Rembrandt, 1632; in the Musee du Louvre, Paris. (Image courtesy of the WebMuseum
This course features a complete set of lecture notes
. Background information, guideline and sample topics for all paper assignments
are also available.
The course has two main goals: First, to give you a sense of what philosophers think about and why. This will be done through consideration of some perennial philosophical problems, e.g., the existence of God, reason and faith, personal identity and immortality, freewill, moral responsibility, and standards for moral conduct. We will draw on readings by important figures in the history of philosophy as well as contemporary authors. The second goal is to develop your philosophical skills, and your critical and argumentative skills more generally.