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PHIL 13185-5: Introduction to Philosophy

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Instructor: Katharina Kraus

What is the human being? This question will lead us a way into philosophy and raise philosophical problems concerning human knowledge, moral agency, human communication, interaction and life in society. Starting from the classic definition of the human being as a rational animal, we will explore accounts of reason and rationality throughout the history of philosophy, as well as more recent scientific accounts of the human nature. Emphasis will be placed on attentive reading and discussion of seminal texts from the history of philosophy, including texts from Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, and Kant. Requirements include active seminar participation, writing assignments, and exams.