Course Description

Philosophical ideas are often impossible to prove true or false. Is there a soul? Does God exist? Do we have free will? Does everything happen for a reason? All of these are questions that philosophers try to answer. But, perhaps it is better to think not about whether an idea is true or not, but what the value of the idea would be to positively impact our lives and the world we live in.
This course will work "backwards", asking students to reflect on the big issues in their lives, and then investigating the ways specific philosophical ideas can speak to these issues.
We will likely discuss personal issues such as dealing with loss, and societal issues like the phenomenon of people being so certain they are right that we lose the ability to listen to each other, but the specifics are up to you. Course meets April 8th, 15th, and 22nd.


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