Introduction to Philosophy

Some questions you will ask are: can we know anything? What exists? What is personal identity? What is free will? And what is value?

This is your introduction to philosophy and will cover the main areas of the subject: epistemology, metaphysics and value theory. You will discuss many topics in each area from your everyday life and read important texts from the enlightenment and ancient Indian traditions. You will learn to evaluate arguments on their validity, offer alternative arguments, think and write with economy and precision and learn the subtle distinctions between ideas. We encourage discussion and a lively exchange of ideas.