Manchester University, January 2020Instructor: Steve Naragon


Welcome to these online materials for my January 2020 course on the “Introduction to Philosophy” (PHIL 201, Manchester University).

This course satisfies the Core-4PH general education requirements.

We will meet every weekday (10:00-11:15 a.m. and 1:00-2:15 p.m.) in Academic Center 243.

Catalog Description: “An introduction to the philosophical tasks of (a) reflective thinking about life and the universe as a totality; (b) critical examination of presuppositions, words and concepts; (c) examination of ways in which we gain knowledge; (d) the quest for criteria which determine our value judgments of the good and the beautiful. C-4PH. Fall. Spring.”

Click on the links to the left for a general set of course objectives, for the course requirements, and for an explanation of the writing assignments for the course. A general reading and assignments schedule will 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.

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.   [Questionnaire]

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