CHN-Introduction - Concepts of Human Nature Introduction...

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Concepts of Human Nature Introduction
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Course Aims Introduce you to the Western philosophical tradition. Develop your ability to analyze and make arguments. Improve your writing. Encourage you to question assumptions and commitments you might take for granted.
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What is Philosophy? An activity of questioning basic assumptions. Refusing to take received wisdom or authority for granted. This sometimes involves taking simple, even “stupid”, questions very seriously. One of the lessons of philosophy is that such questions are often the most difficult to satisfactorily answer. This activity can be perceived as threatening to the status quo. Insofar as it questions authority, philosophy has a progressive dimension.
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Philosophy and Method Philosophy is more than just raising such questions. It is also the activity of trying to find satisfactory answers to them. This requires a philosophical method. Different philosophers (as we will see) conceive of this method differently. Common to all, though, is the aim of making explicit why we think what we do. Of uncovering our reasons . Of giving and critiquing arguments for our beliefs.
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Philosophy and Logic Thus, in reading philosophy, while we’re interested in an author’s conclusions, we’re often more interested in the arguments they give for these conclusions. Often, we discover that a conclusion that seems
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