HumPl9-syllabus - 1 Knowledge and Reality Hum/Pl 9 Fall...

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1 Knowledge and Reality Hum/Pl 9 Fall 2008 Instructor : Christopher Hitchcock Office : 210 Dabney Phone: (626) 395-3602 e-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: After class, by appointment, or call first and stop by Course Website: Course Listserv: [email protected] Description: This course provides an introduction to the topics of Metaphysics and Epistemology . Epistemology is the study of human knowledge, and metaphysics the study of fundamental concepts. The course is structured around questions of perennial philosophical importance: Does God exist, and if so, what can be known about His nature? What is knowledge, and how does knowledge differ from mere belief? Is there a world that exists outside of our minds, and if so, what can be known about it? In examining these questions, students will be introduced to the ideas of philosophers from several different periods: ancient, early modern, and twentieth century. In addition, students will learn about the methods of philosophy, especially the construction and analysis of arguments. Like all introductory Humanities courses, this course will be writing-intensive, and stress the development of writing skills. Pre-requisite: Students who were required to take English 1ab or English 2 must have completed this requirement before enrolling in this course. Class Meetings: Tuesdays 2:30 – 4:00 P.M., Thursdays 2:30 – 4:00 P.M., 33 Baxter. Note that there will be no class meetings on November 18 or November 20. Books: The main text for this course is Classics in Western Philosophy , 7 th edition, edited by Stephen Cahn. Copies are available in the bookstore. Most of the readings are contained in this anthology. Some students may also be able to find used copies of the 6 th edition. This contains all of the readings for the course except for the one by Wittgenstein, although the page numbers will be different. Readings that are not included in the anthology will be available on the course website. Evaluation:
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2010 for the course PL 9 taught by Professor Zhang,j during the Fall '08 term at Caltech.

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