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Philosophy (PHIL)
211 Susan Campbell, 541-346-5547
College of Arts & Sciences
A - Mandatory Attendance
Course Data
  PHIL 101   Philosophical Problems >1 4.00 cr.
Introduction to philosophy based on classical and modern texts from Plato through the 21st century. Sample topics include free will, the mind-body problem, the existence of an external world.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Johnson ME-mailHomepage Office:   240 Susan Campbell Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-5548
Office Hours: 0000 - 2359 on leave Winter 2017
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: This course has a waitlist which can only be accessed via one of the discussion sections associated with the lecture (not via the lecture itself). For more information, see How to Use Wait-listing on DuckWeb
 
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Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
September 24:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
October 1:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
October 1:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded)
October 2:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 2:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 4:   Add this course
October 4:   Last day to change to or from audit
October 8:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
October 15:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
October 22:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
November 12:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
November 12:   Change grading option for this course
Caution You can't drop your last class using the "Add/Drop" menu in DuckWeb. Go to the “Completely Withdraw from Term/University” link to begin the complete withdrawal process. If you need assistance with a complete drop or a complete withdrawal, please contact the Office of Academic Advising, 364 Oregon Hall, 541-346-3211 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). If you are attempting to completely withdraw after business hours, and have difficulty, please contact the Office of Academic Advising the next business day.

Expanded Course Description
Our attempts to make sense of our lives and to find meaning in our existence lead us to ask certain classic philosophical questions. The course begins with the question of the proper role of reason in a life intelligently lived. Is philosophical thinking a necessary and important part of life? Second, we ask what role religion should play for a philosophically reflective person. This leads into questions about whether existence is absurd, without purpose or reason, or whether there is some overarching rationality and direction to our lives. Finally, we examine some of the many conditions that together define our identities as persons, conditions like our biological makeup, social narratives, cultural values, gender, and race. In other words, the key question is 'Who are you?' and 'What makes you who you are?' Our discussions of these issues are centered on classical and contemporary texts in philosophy, literature, and film.
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