This is a basic course in philosophical thinking. Selected readings from Socrates to Sartre are included.

  • The nature of philosophy and philosophical inquiry;
  • The nature of philosophy in contrast to science, religion, and politics;
  • Major areas of philosophy historically;
  • Philosophical questions of contemporary concern;
  • Important figures in the history of philosophy and their views;
  • Major philosophical movements¬† from the history of philosophy;
  • Questions concerning the nature of humanity and meaning
  • Contrasting views on reality, knowledge, values, or political systems
  • Critiques of or alternatives to traditional western philosophy