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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course was enlightening and the book was beyond amazing. If you like curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee, 'Problems of Philosophy' is my recommendation. It is analytical and offers viewpoints into our world that you might not even have thought of before! Before taking this course, I thought that philosophy was pointless because the world seems pretty straightforward but I couldn't have been more wrong! This world is filled with decisions to be made about the most fundamental questions and this course will reintroduce to as a citizen of the world.
The first highlight was the debate on free will, which was later joined by the justification of evil in our world. It was concluded that the existence of evil is beneficial for character building but it does not justify wrong actions because we are still responsible for our own individual free choices. The second highlight was the debate on the presence of a soul as an eternal being which also determines our personal identity. Souls were also concluded to have been independent of our bodies thus they cannot be destroyed. Another highlight was the debate on whether the criminals are really guilty or whether they committed crimes due to the circumstances and situations they were put in. I do not think that we are forced to behave badly in any situation, even when we are at the worst of circumstances, therefore those who end up in jail are there for a reason unless they were unjustifiably put there.
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To succeed this course, I suggest you read the book thoroughly along with all the lecture material and make combines notes of your own. Follow the Cornell note taking method to summarize the important theories and be prepared to have many theories and queries of your own. Lastly, enjoy your reading otherwise you'll never get through it!