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PHIL 140 Introduction to philosophy

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    Jun 16, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it will influence you to think about everything more in depth. It really forces you to question everything. It makes you re-asses everything as you know it in order to figure why you believe in the things you do and how you could be sure that your beliefs are actually right. As children we are so curious and we often asked "why" about everything. However, at some point in our lives we lose that curiosity and begin to accept answers as the truth and not as a response to make us avoid asking even more questions. In Introduction to philosophy you relearn how to be that curious innocent person you once were and learn to push away the notion that curiosity killed the cat.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were definitely learning about Paradoxes and challenging the many aspects of religion people believe to be true. For instance, in this class we challenged the idea of God, an entity I did not always understand growing up. In one part of the class we questioned Gods omnipotence. We listed the divine attributes or the characteristics that make God who he is believed to be. Some of the characteristics given were that God is omnipotent, omniscient, immutable, eternal etc. The paradoxes we learned in class went as such: If God is omnipotent it means that he is all powerful. If God is all powerful it means that he has the power to do anything. So, the first paradox was the paradox of the stone. It says that if we ask God "Can you create and immovable stone?" and he says "yes" it means that God can create a stone that even he cannot move. Therefore, this would be a limit to God, meaning that he cannot be omnipotent. If we ask God "Can you create and immovable stone?" and he says "no" then there is something God cannot do, which is a limit to God meaning that he can not be omnipotent. As someone who was always curious but grew up in a fairly religious environment, it allowed me to think of things in a way that I had never done before.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    My advice for students taking this course, is to never take anything for face value. Nothing is what it seems and no matter what the topic may be you can and should always ask why. If you believe in something, don't just believe in it because you were told to, figure it out for yourself and then decide what it means to you. Always do your own research and when in doubt ask why.

    • Fall 2017
    • Dr. Amini
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Dec 20, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class, because this class makes you think an put things into a whole new perspective.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that not everything that you are taught is right.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Pay attention to what they say, an look at your notes . Don't put it off to the night before to study for the test

    • Fall 2016
    • ReneeHill
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Dec 09, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course focused on critically thinking skills. The professor made sure each students participated in the sessions. The professor created very interesting discussion topics to ensure the students understood the concept.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course was all the different beliefs and ideas within philosophy. I learned that some philosophers believed that the soul was not a part of the body but more-so a part of the consciousness within the person. If the soul was to leave the body it would result in the body being a different person. Another concept that I learned that was interesting was the different deceptions regarding God.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    The advice that I would give student considering this course is to make sure you take notes in the class and ask questions. In addition to taking notes and getting a better understanding, you need to complete each homework assignment and put a lot of thought into them. This professor grades tough, so giving short quick answers would definitely result in a failing grade.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr.Amini
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments


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