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PHIL 2020 lecture notes

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PHIL 2020 lecture notes PHIL 2010 037

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Cover the introduction & basics of philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy
Van Fossen
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philosophy, Introduction, basics
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Sydney Wilson on Wednesday August 24, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PHIL 2010 037 at Georgia State University taught by Van Fossen in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 8 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Philosophy in Political Science, Philosophy, & Religion at Georgia State University.


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Date Created: 08/24/16
PHIL 2010 Professor Joel Van Fossen MW 12:00-1:15 Philosophy: study of knowing & study of wisdom (Personal interactions, the way we think) Philosophy:  is the love of wisdom passion driven & expressive  Pursuit of knowledge (act of convincing) Reasons for: thoughts, beliefs, desires  Is a science & a art Person x says (I think) Person y says (why?) Both have reasoning -Reflective reasoning  Philosophy is a tool to help us reason better.  Philosophy originated from ancient Greece o Figured out there are better ways to think about the world  Different ways to look at the world 1. Metaphysics a. What exist? (immaterial soul?) b. What is nature? (material or idea) c. Free Will? (actions previous cause?) 2. Ethics (what we naturally care about) a. What is a good action? b. What does it mean to be a good person? 3. Epistemology (knowledge) a. How do we know things? b. How do we know it? 4. Logic (structure of an argument) a. What makes an argument strong? Why does it matter? Essential to life? 1. Big questions a. Is God real? b. What is the meaning of life? 2. Common Sense a. With ethics 3. Self-Knowledge a. Reflect desires, thoughts, & feelings 4. Happiness a. Correct conception of happiness  Philosophy is discipline where you are not given an answer  Questions lead to bigger questions


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