Philosophy • PHIL1301

This course is an introduction to the study of ideas and their logical structure. Major branches of philosophy this course covers are: logic, metaphysics, epistemology, moral philosophy, political philosophy, phenomenology, and existential philosophy.

Philosophers we will discuss over our course of study include but are not limited to: the Stoics, the Epicureans, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, Epictetus, Augustine, Avicenna, Anselm, Averroes, Maimonides, Aquinas, Ockham, Luther, Descartes, Spinoza, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Wollstonecraft, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Mill, Marx, Nietzsche, Camus, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Rawls.

This 15–week course will chronologically ask 5 key questions:
What is philosophy? What is right? What is the self?
What is the best society?
And, what does philosophy do?

Each week will also include a lesson in either propositional or informal logic.

See: Reasons to take a Philosophy Course


  • Week 1: Why Philosophy?

Module I. Ancient Philosophy

Plato and Aristotle
300s BCE

  • Week 2: The Pre–Socratics
  • Week 3: Socrates
  • Week 4: Plato
  • Week 5: Aristotle

Module II. Medieval Philosophy

  • Week 6: Hellenistic Philosophy
  • Week 7: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Philosophy
  • Week 8: Descartes: the First Modern Man

Module III. Early Modern Philosophy

  • Week 9: From Hobbes to Hume
  • Week 10: Kant
  • Week 11: Mill

Module IV: Contemporary Philosophy

  • Week 12: Hegel & Marx
  • Week 13: Existentialism
  • Week 14: Feminist Philosophy
  • Week 15: Philosophy Today