University of Notre Dame

Introduction to Philosophy - Speaks

PHIL 10100: Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Jeffrey Speaks

Philosophy is the attempt to answer, by argument, the deepest and most basic questions about the universe. Our focus in this class will be on five such questions:

• Does God exist?
• What am I?
• Am I free?
• What is real?
• What must I do?

Your central aim in this class will not be to learn what other people have thought about these questions — though you will do that too. Your central aim in this class will be to develop your own views about the correct answers to these questions. You will be evaluated based upon your ability to defend those views. To do that, you will have to learn how to argue. Hence, one aim of the course will be to teach you the basic logic required to do that.