University of Notre Dame

Introduction to Philosophy - Karbowski

PHIL 10100: Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Joseph Karbowski

This course is an historically oriented introduction to Philosophy. It aims to introduce students to philosophy by a close reading of the works of some of the great philosophers, including but not limited to Parmenides, Plato/Socrates, Aristotle, Avicenna, Abelard, St. Augustine, and St. Aquinas. We will examine their stances on a variety of philosophical questions about the nature of reality, knowledge, universals/particulars, morality, personhood, and the afterlife. Students should come away from the course with a deeper appreciation of the doctrines/arguments of these philosophers, of the value of critical engagement with others’ beliefs, and of the value of the study of philosophy itself. The final grade in the course will be determined by the student’s performance on two papers, a midterm, and a final.*