Fall 2019 - PHIL 100W D100
Knowledge and Reality (3)
Class Number: 4738
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu, Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 10, 2019
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
An introduction to some of the central problems of philosophy. Topics to be discussed include the different theories of reality; the nature and sources of knowledge, truth, evidence, and reason; the justification of belief and knowledge about the universe. These topics and problems will be considered as they arise in the context of issues such as: relativism versus absolutism; the existence of God; personal identity; the nature of the mind and its relation to the body; free will and determinism; the possibility of moral knowledge. Open to all students. Students with credit for PHIL 100 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.
This course is about what we hope to gain out of learning. Why, for example, is it worth spending several years learning things at a university? People have hoped that they might achieve things like certain knowledge, fully objective truth, deep explanations of why things happen the way they do, or an understanding of who we ourselves really are. But what are these things, why would they be good things to have, and which of them are really possible for us? These are the questions we will try to answer in this course.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
PHIL 100W may be applied towards the Certificate in Liberal Arts, the Writing Requirement and the Breadth-Humanities Requirement.
- Three short papers (first one 10%, the other two 30% each) 70%
- Final exam 30%
Class attendance and participation will be taken into account in adjudicating borderline cases.
Department Undergraduate Notes:
Thinking of a Philosophy Major or Minor? The Concentration in Law and Philosophy? The Certificate in Ethics? The Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate?
Contact the PHIL Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org More details on our website: SFU Philosophy
SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.
Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS