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PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy

Basic problems and methods of philosophy. Topics such as the nature and scope of human knowledge, the existence of God, and the relationship between mind and body. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 100 or PHIL 101.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 101 001Lecture1 Mon Wed12:0013:00

There are discussion sections for this course. Please note: PHIL 101 and PHIL 102 are independent introductory courses and do not need to be taken in sequential order.

Philosophy challenges us with questions that are directed to our most basic intellectual assumptions and forces us to think hard about ourselves and our position in the world. With its focus on arguments, philosophy also brings clarity and rigour to matters that may otherwise seem inherently obscure and perplexing. Different instructors teach PHIL 101

in different ways. The approach I take doesnt emphasize historical analysis and wont touch on the many philosophical systems that are associated with the great philosophers of the past. Instead, the course will focus on a small number of philosophical problems

and some important ways of thinking about them. Your job is to adopt a critical stance to the readings and to the lectures, and to develop your own views based on the arguments we work through. Topics include: Does God exist? Do people have souls? Is there free will? Are there objective moral facts?


PHIL 101 L01Discussion1 Fri14:0015:00

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 101 001.

PHIL 101 L02Discussion1 Fri12:0013:00

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 101 001.

PHIL 101 L03Discussion1 Fri9:0010:00

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 101 001.

PHIL 101 L04Discussion1 Fri13:0014:00

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 101 001.

PHIL 101 L05Discussion1 Fri14:0015:00

This discussion section is for students registered in PHIL 101 001.

PHIL 101 002Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri9:0010:00

Please note: PHIL 101 and PHIL 102 are independent introductory courses and do not need to be taken in sequential order. The course offers an overview of major themes in Western philosophy from Ancient Greece to contemporary discussions. We will consider such themes as the nature of knowledge, the nature of logic, theism vs naturalism, free-will vs determinism, and morality. We will study (and think critically about) how these questions have been responded to by some major philosophers, in particular Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Bertrand Russell.


PHIL 101 003Lecture2 Tue Thu15:3017:00

Please note: PHIL 101 and PHIL 102 are independent introductory courses and do not need to be taken in sequential order.

Philosophy challenges us with questions that are directed to our most basic intellectual assumptions and forces us to think hard about ourselves and our position in the world. With its focus on arguments, philosophy also brings clarity and rigour to matters that may otherwise seem inherently obscure and perplexing. Different instructors teach PHIL 101 in different ways. The approach I take doesnt emphasize historical analysis and wont touch on the many philosophical systems that are associated with the great philosophers of the past. Instead, the course will focus on a small number of philosophical problems and some important ways of thinking about them. Your job is to adopt a critical stance to the readings and to the lectures, and to develop your own views based on the arguments we w and ~

ork through. Topics include: Does God exist? Do people have souls? Is there free will? Are there objective moral facts?