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Title: Philosophical Arguments
Course Section Number: PHI-109-01
Department: Philosophy
Description: Could a computer genuinely think? Are we in a simulation? Is there a God? Are we free to choose how we will act in the world? What do we owe to one another, and to ourselves? Is it really a good idea to think critically, or should we trust what experts tell us? Could a banana duct-taped to a wall really be a work of art? How would you go about answering these questions? Philosophers think through these questions, and many others, by developing and critiquing arguments for possible answers to them. This course will serve as an introduction to philosophy via an in-depth study of philosophical arguments such as these. In the course, you will learn to use argument-mapping software to clearly and precisely articulate the structure of philosophical arguments so that you can understand and evaluate them more effectively. In addition to introducing you to some fascinating philosophical topics, this course will greatly improve your skills in reading and writing texts (including articles and papers for other classes!) that contain arguments.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: August 24, 2022
End Date: December 17, 2022
Meeting Information: 08/24/2022-12/16/2022 Lecture Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00AM - 10:50AM, Baxter Hall, Room 214
Faculty: Carlson, Matthew

Course Status

Section Name/Title Status Dept. Capacity Enrolled/
Philosophical Arguments
OPEN Philosophy 20 13 / 7 / 0