[Honors] Introduction to Philosophy and Literature

Mr. J

The goal of this class is to introduce students to the history of Western philosophy. We will do this by addressing serious philosophical issues in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, existentialism, and social and political philosophy. We will address questions ranging from "What is right?" to "Does our identity remain the same over time?" to "What is reality?" to "What can we really know?" to "How do we create meaning in our lives, given that we are creatures capable of suffering greatly?" to "How has society systemically excluded the Other?" and "Will racism ever end?" Finally, there will be time in the second semester to research a topic that interests you in any of the following topics: social/political philosophy, philosophy of race, philosophy of religion, metaphysical issues in free will and determinism, and philosophical critiques of artificial intelligence.

Ethics

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Identity

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Metaphysics

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Epistemology

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Existentialism and Meaningfulness

Suffering and Existence

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Meaningfulness and Life

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Race, Justice, and Society

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