Course Descriptions – UWinteriM 2012

Note: all courses below run January, 3 – January 20, 2012

Philosophy 101, Introduction to Philosophy: Reflections on the Human Condition (HU)

LEC 201, Online Web
Instructor: Edward Hinchman, hinchman@uwm.edu

This course is an introduction to Western Philosophy. Students need not have any background in philosophy, or any plans for further study. The course has three broad aims:

  1. to introduce students to the tradition of philosophical argument in the West via primary texts,
  2. to teach students how in general to make and evaluate philosophical arguments,
  3. to demonstrate to any student who cares to participate actively how exciting and even fun philosophy can be.

Since philosophy is simply informed public reflection on what we're up to as we try to do and believe what we ought to do and believe – as Socrates put it, "What we are talking about is how one should live" – I hope that by the end of the term the third aim of the course will have taken priority over the other two.