About Introduction to Philosophical Problems

This one semester course is an introduction to the methods, the vocabulary, and a small fragment of the subject matter of Philosophy. We will ask difficult questions like:

  1. Is there a God?
  2. Are we free?
  3. How should we reason? How should we come to believe things?
  4. What kind of life is moral? What kind of life is good?

and familiarize ourselves with some of the approaches that philosophers of different historical periods have taken to justifying their answers to such questions. By the end of the semester, you should expect (1) to know more about what a few philosophers have said about these weighty matters, (2) to better appreciate the challenges these questions present to all of us, and (3) to have acquired a few versatile tools for thinking clearly about such questions (and, incidentally, for thinking clearly about everything else as well).