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 A&H 156 - Introduction to Western Philosophy


This course provides a general historical overview of the main themes and Topics that have interested philosophers through the ages. We will begin the semester by discussing the nature of Reality and Knowledge; we will then consider some of the various questions of philosophy, such as Ethics/Politics; Philosophy and Religion; Philosophy in the Modern Period; Philosophy in the Enlightenment, etc. Finally, we will finish the semester with either a representative work from a specific philosopher (e.g., Plato, Machiavelli, Descartes, Voltaire, Nietzsche…) or a particular philosophical movement (e.g., Empiricism, Existentialism, Phenomenology…). Students are required to read primary sources in English, to bring their texts to class during discussions, and to participate in debates on philosophical questions.





Required for

This course is an alternative requirement for the following courses:

  • A&H 256 Great Philosophers
  • A&H 357 Topics in Philosophy