C. Malcolm Keating
Assistant Instructor — M.A. Philosophy, University of Missouri, St. Louis
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PHL 301 • Introduction To Philosophy
TTH 800am-930am PAR 201
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PHL 301 Introduction to Philosophy
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Instructor’s Name and Academic Rank
Malcolm Keating, graduate student (ABD)
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Description (one to three paragraph description of course content):
My primary goal in this course is for you to gain the tools to engage philosophically with the world. As a discipline, philosophy's goal is to gain knowledge (of the world and ourselves). At the same time, it aims to understand the conditions which make knowledge possible. Philosophical tools include the application of reason and the clarification of concepts whose boundaries we take for granted.
One way to to equip you with tools to do philosophy is to read the works of people who have taken up this task before you. Therefore, we'll read only a selection of philosophers in an attempt to train ourselves to think along with them. Note that the philosophers we will read are part of the ``Western canon'' of philosophy, although philosophy is decidedly not solely a Western endeavor.
To that end, we'll take up six major questions:
1. What is philosophy and why is it valuable? Aims, methods.
2. What is reality? Metaphysics and the existence of God.
3. How do I know? Epistemology and justified true belief.
4. What am I? Personal identity and consciousness.
5. How should we live? Ethics and justice.
List of Proposed Texts /Readings (N/A, TBD, and Course Packet are not acceptable responses):
John Perry, Michael Bratman, John Martin Fischer. Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings. Oxford University Press.
Proposed Grading Policy:
Section participation: 10%
Class quizzes: 10%
Short papers: 15%
Midterm exam: 25%
Final paper: 30%