This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2021-2022
PHIL 13185-2: Philosophy University Seminar
Instructor: Joshua SeachrisWhy are you here? What is real? What can you know? How should you live? For what should you hope? You did not choose to exist, but here you are. In virtue of being here, and in virtue of being a human being, questions like these partly define and depict the condition—the human condition—in which we find ourselves. Philosophy was and continues to be a discipline that systematically attempts to frame and answer such questions with intellectual rigor—questions that we all ask at one time or another in one form or another. This course offers a targeted glimpse into key problems and questions in philosophy, with central aspects of the human condition serving as our guide. Course readings will include a mix of historic and contemporary philosophical sources, as well as publicly-engaged pieces aimed at connecting perennial philosophical questions to twenty-first century life. Most classes will consist of a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities.