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Introduction to Philosophy

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Introduction to Philosophy - Phil 100

Syllabus | Readings | Notes | Assignments

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Class 1
Defence of Socrates - Plato
Euthyphro - Plato

Class 2
The Five Ways - Aquinas
Existence of God - Swinburne
Problem of Evil - Swinburne

Class 3
Design - Ruse

Class 4
Finding Darwin's God - Miller (also available here)

Class 5
Protagoras - Plato
All Animals Are Equal - Singer

Class 6
Democracy I - Popper
Democracy II - Popper

Class 7
Meditations I-II - Descartes

Class 8
Can Computers Think? - Searle (also available here)
The Problem of Consciousness - Searle

Class 9
Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding IX-XII - Hume

Class 10
The Nichomachean Ethics | Book I - Aristotle

Class 1 - 09.04.08
Class 2 - 09.11.08
Class 3 - 09.18.08
Class 4 - 09.25.08

Assignment I
Assignment II



Your second paper is due Thursday, December 4th. It should be at least 5 pages in length.

Please hand in a hard copy in class or leave in Professor Beresford's mailbox in the Philosophy Department.

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