course will introduce students to some of the topics that philosophers
discuss and to some of the ways they go about discussing them. We will
look at various texts, both historical and contemporary, focusing on the following
When is it ok, if ever, to disobey the law?
Do humans have free will?
What is the meaning of life?
What is art?
What is beauty?
Is it rational to have emotional responses to fiction?
Is evil incompatible with God's existence?
What does it mean to say God is all-powerful?
Why is there something rather than nothing?
What makes up my identity?