Week 1 Introduction to Philosophy

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Week 1: Introduction to Philosophy 1 Week 1: Introduction to Philosophy INTRODUCTION “Wonder is a feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.” — Plato The study of philosophy often begins in a state of wonder or with questions. This week, you will wonder about and question the world. Perhaps you may seek answers to the big questions of humanity: What is the purpose of your life? Do you believe in God? Is life ultimately fair? Is there anything you would willingly die for? Is freedom always a good thing? A state of wonder, however, does not mean that studying philosophy is the same as having your head in the clouds. In this course, you will discover that philosophy is a very practical discipline. Engaging in philosophical inquiry will give you skills to successfully defend and support your positions and beliefs. Learning to think critically about yourself and the world helps you to communicate better and make thoughtful decisions regarding your life and world. This week you will discover the big questions of philosophy and examine the method of logic. LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this week, you should be able to: Understand the origin and original meaning of philosophy Identify the various branches of philosophy Explain the nature and characteristics of philosophical questions Analyze the differences among and between the forms of Logic Be sure you do the following as early in the first week as possible: Read the Course Introduction located under Course Home. Read and print out the Syllabus located under Course Home. Save and print the discussion and application evaluation criteria in the Course Information section under Course Home. If any of your texts are missing, incorrect, or damaged, please contact MBS Direct Customer Service by calling toll free 1-800-325-3252, or sending an e-mail to [email protected] . Read all of the other information under Course Home. Readings Course Text: Solomon, R. C. (2010). The big questions: A short introduction to philosophy (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. o
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course PHIL 1001 taught by Professor Murrayskees during the Winter '10 term at Walden University.

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