This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2021-2022

PHIL 13185-1: Philosophy University Seminar

Instructor: Sean Kelsey

What is philosophy? What is it good for? In this course we will approach these questions by the method of “taste and see.” To that end we will read texts from four authors: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Hume. Our first task will be to “taste”: that is, to try to enter into some lines of thought opened up by these texts, to follow those lines in our own thinking, to think those thoughts ourselves. Our second task will be to “see”: that is, to try to step back out again, to reflect on the experience, and to try to make articulate, in conversation and writing, what we make of it, as well as of the larger enterprise of which it was a sample.