INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (Not offered 2020-2021)
11th - 12th Grade
Credit - 1/2
Semester 1 OR 2
Introduction to Philosophy is a survey course that explores the great questions of the day (e.g., What is right? Does God exist? What is love? What is justice?) through the eyes of renown philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Stuart Mill, Blaise Pascal, David Hume and Karl Marx. We will also discuss and investigate the writing of contemporary philosophers including David Foster Wallace, Mary Daly, and Peter Singer. Discussions and projects attempt to make these philosophical questions personally relevant. Readings will primarily be drawn from Manuel Velasquez’s Philosophy: A Test with Readings, a very readable text, as well as the original writings of the aforementioned philosophers.