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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 001Web-Oriented Course1 Mon Wed12:0013:00

This course has mandatory discussion sections. Students must also register in one of the following sections: L01, L02, L03, L04, or L05. Please note: PHIL 101 and PHIL 102 are independent introductory courses and do not need to be taken in sequential order.

For more information about this course, including details regarding online course delivery, please visit Dr. Margolis' website: https://www.margolisphilosophy.com/phil101-blurb.html.


FullPHIL 101 L01Discussion1 Fri14:0015:00

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

COVID-19 notice: This discussion section will be held in real time using Zoom or a similar video conference tool.

PHIL 101 L02Discussion1 Fri12:0013:00

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

COVID-19 notice: This discussion section will be held in real time using Zoom or a similar video conference tool.

FullPHIL 101 L03Discussion1 Fri9:0010:00

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

COVID-19 notice: This discussion section will be held in real time using Zoom or a similar video conference tool.

PHIL 101 L04Discussion1 Fri13:0014:00

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

COVID-19 notice: This discussion section will be held in real time using Zoom or a similar video conference tool.

PHIL 101 L05Discussion1 Fri14:0015:00

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

COVID-19 notice: This discussion section will be held in real time using Zoom or a similar video conference tool.

PHIL 101 002Web-Oriented Course1 Mon Wed Fri9:0010:00

Course Description: This course offers an overview of key ideas and arguments in Western philosophy, starting with the Ancient Greeks and moving on down the centuries to contemporary philosophers. We will pay special attention to the work of Descartes and Hume. Please note: PHIL 101 and PHIL 102 are independent introductory courses and do not need to be taken in sequential order. COVID-19 notice: Lecture recordings will be posted on Canvas, you need not watch them live.


PHIL 101 003Web-Oriented Course2 Tue Thu16:0017:30

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

For more information about this course, including details regarding online course delivery, please visit Dr. Margolis' website: https://www.margolisphilosophy.com/phil101-blurb.html.

This section will use a mix of prerecorded lectures and synchronous meetings. On a typical week, you will watch the recorded lectures early in the week. Then there will be one synchronous meeting via Zoom which will include (1) my expanding on the prerecorded material, (2) extensive Q and A, and (3) small group discussion using breakout rooms. The exact format of the synchronous meetings is flexible and may change from week to week.