Lecture 1: Introduction to Philosophy
Stevenson Hall 4141
Telephone 661-2111 extension85767
Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 - 11:30
What is philosophy?
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?
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 10 and February 2 (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 Lecture #2 – What is Religion?
September 13, 2011
What is religion?
The three Abrahamic religions
o Christianity, Islam and Sudaism comprise 50% of the worlds populati