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Spring 2014-2015
* PHI 203 (EC)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology

Boris C. Kment

An introduction to central questions of philosophy, such as: Does God exist? Is there an external world full of material objects, or is this belief based on an illusion? Do human beings have free will (so that they can be held morally responsible for their actions)? In the past, bread has always nourished and never poisoned us, but do we have reasons for thinking that that will be true tomorrow? How can we ever be sure that the future will resemble the past? Are human beings material objects, or immaterial souls, or something else altogether?

Sample reading list:
R. Descartes, Meditations
B. Russell, Problems of Philosophy
D. Lewis, The Paradoxes of Time Travel
D. Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Reading/Writing assignments:
Final paper (2,500 words), two shorter papers (500 words and 1,000 words), short presentation in precept. Students are expected to read 80-100 pages per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 5%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other information:
Course open to freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42191 L01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm T Th   Frist Campus Center   302   Enrolled:121 Limit:
44000 P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am M   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:14 Limit:13 Closed
44001 P02 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm M   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:15 Limit:13 Closed
44002 P03 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
44003 P04 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm T   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
44004 P05 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
44005 P06 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   Class of 1879 Hall   119   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
44006 P07 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
44007 P08 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:10 Limit:13
44008 P09 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm F   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
44014 P10 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Class of 1879 Hall   119   Enrolled:9 Limit:13
42192 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled