Manchester College, Spring 2012    Instructor: Steve Naragon


Welcome to these online materials for my Spring 2012 course on the “Introduction to Philosophy” (PHIL 201, Manchester College).  This course satisfies the GE-I2 and the Core-4PH general education requirements.

This course meets every Tuesday and Thursday for 75 minutes (9:30-10:45 AM), for a total of 25 class sessions (apart from the days given over to examinations).

Click on the links to the left for a general set of course objectives, for the course requirements, and for an explanation of the essay and discussion forum entries that will form the bulk of your writing for this course.  A general reading and assignments schedule should keep you oriented through the term.

Read through these web pages carefully; they are your guide for this course; ignore them at your own peril!  Students new to philosophy might also want to glance at the Philosophy FAQ.  Students who are interested in studying more philosophy, but who are worried that it is “too impractical” (= won’t lead to a high-paying job) should definitely read this brief item.

Philosophy Study Table

Sunday, 7-9 PM, at the Success Center
Sam Ott, tutor [email]

The photos appearing on these pages are of various philosophers — some of whom we will read, and many of whom have deeply influenced the beliefs you are carrying around in your head.  To learn their name, hold your cursor over the image.

Contacting Me

Click on my name (above) to reach my home page with contact information.

Please see my posted weekly schedule, which will tell you when I’m busy with class or committee work.  Otherwise, I’m pretty much always either in my office (982-5041) or at home (982-6033), and am always happy to talk or meet with you.  You can also send me an email.

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