(Both semesters/3 credits)
An introduction to some significant contemporary philosophical topics. This course aims to introduce students to philosophy through a discussion of fundamental problems and central issues of concern to philosophers today. Topics will be drawn from the fields of ethics, epistemology, social and political philosophy, philosophy of law, metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of religion. Sample topics include contemporary conceptions of human nature, self and world, rationality and the emotions, the virtues, the just society, law, evil, war and terrorism, and the nature and extent of human knowledge.