Classic and Early Modern Philosophy

Together, Classic and Early Modern Philosophy and Modern Philosophy form a two-part introductory philosophy course. The primary goal of the course is to introduce students to the great tradition and story called western philosophy, and to provide a perspective on its history through a study of philosophy's central concerns and challenges. In this course we inquire about the origins of philosophical inquiry and the rise of key questions: What is truth? (epistemology); What is the nature of the world? (metaphysics); What is the good life? (ethics); What is being, and what does it mean? (ontology). Students experience first hand philosophy's self-imposed rigour (its method of inquiry) as they learn to read philosophical texts and develop their analytic and critical thinking skills. Finally, students gain an understanding and appreciation of philosophy's influence and role.

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