Introduction to Philosophy

Course Code: GPHL 110

Academic Year: 2017-2018

This course introduces students to some of the key ideas, arguments and figures of western philosophy through a critical examination of selected philosophical texts. Students will focus on how to read successfully and understand different styles of philosophical writing from different periods and traditions of western thought and will learn about the main branches of philosophy, particularly metaphysics (the study of what is real) and epistemology (the theory of knowledge). Through careful readings of works by Plato, Augustine, Descartes and Hume, students will learn to appreciate the connections between philosophy and its historical context but will also be challenged to think about their own lives and times from a philosophically informed perspective. This course is only for students in the General Arts & Science University Transfer program.