Philosophy syllabus - SYLLABUS PHI 2010-0001 INTRODUCTION...

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SYLLABUS: PHI 2010-0001 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY 3 Credit Hours Dr. Michael Strawser Fall Semester 2010 Department of Philosophy Tues/Thur 12:00-1:15 University of Central Florida Location: Comm 101 Office: Psychology Building 245 Phone: 407-823-2799 Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-2:30 pm or by appointment E-mail: [email protected] Homepage: http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~strawser/ Teaching Assistants: Jacob Gibbs, [email protected] Samantha Schroeder, [email protected] Course Description This is an introduction to the activity of philosophizing. We shall be reading and discussing some of the most profound philosophers in the western tradition, whose writings will lead us to raise fundamental questions and attempt to answer them through thinking, discussing, and writing. Such questions include: What is the good life? How should I live? What do I know? How do I know that God exists? Why does evil exist? Am I free to choose what I do? Through exploring such questions as they arise, students will be provided with an introduction to the general areas of philosophy and will also be given a general orientation into the history of philosophy. Course Goals Students will be able to answer the question "What is philosophy?" in a detailed and sophisticated way. Students will discover, identify, and explain philosophical problems. Students will be able to analyze meanings in philosophical texts from diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students will actively engage in philosophical dialogue by critically discussing and evaluating philosophical arguments.
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Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of and critical thinking about philosophical concepts and the theoretical and critical principles in philosophical thinking from diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students will take responsibility for and ownership of their own personal philosophical development. Students will develop an understanding of mindfulness and its importance for education. Students will become wiser. Required Texts Bowie, G. Lee, Meredith Michaels, and Robert Solomon. Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy . UCF Edition. Cengage Learning, 2009. See the student companion website at: http://www.wadsworth.com/cgi- Plato’s Euthyphro . 380 B.C.E. An online text is available at http://socrates.clarke.edu and http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/euthyfro.html and an audio version of the text can also be found at http://www.archive.org/details/euthyphro_librivox/ . Course Requirements eCommunity In order to receive electronic communication from the instructor, you are required to make sure that your e-mail address is accurate at www.ecommunity.ucf.edu . Please note that only you can change your e-mail address at this site. You are
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Philosophy syllabus - SYLLABUS PHI 2010-0001 INTRODUCTION...

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