Philosophy 1020 Lecture Notes - Abrahamic Religions

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Philosophy 1020
Lecture 1: Introduction to Philosophy
John Thorp
Stevenson Hall 4141
Telephone 661-2111 extension85767
Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 - 11:30
jthorp@uwo.ca
What is philosophy?
Iceberg
Sociology, mental philosophy
Source of intellectual inquiries (discipline)
Disciplined consideration of great question about nature of human beings
and the cosmos we inhabit
Our question of this year?
Religion: Does God exist
Epistemology: What is knowledge and what can be known?
Metaphysics: What is real?
Ethics: What if any, is the source of moral obligation?
Politics: What is the best society?
What is the meaning of life?
Course organization:
2 lectures a week Tuesday and Thursday
1 hour tutorial
6 philosophical issues, 4 week segments
Lectures and tutorial readings
Text: Poman and Vaughan: The Quest
5 short writing assignments (500 words)
2 mid terms November 10th and February 2nd (20%)
Final cumulative examination (30%)
Tutorial participation (10%)
2 bonus assignments worth 1% each
The short writing assignments
Papers meant to be 800 words
Topics several weeks ahead
Assignments handed in at tutorials
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