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New Courses - Fall 2020

 

PHIL 001G. Introduction to Philosophy: Rationality and Religious Belief

Tuesday & Thursday
1:15-2:30
Professor Rosanna Picascia

Does God exist? What is the nature of evil and where does it come from? Is there an eternal soul? Is it reasonable to hold religious beliefs in the absence of conclusive evidence and in the face of persistent religious disagreement? This course provides a broad and diverse introduction to some of the central questions and arguments in the philosophy of religion, covering both western and non-western traditions, theistic and non-theistic traditions. Students will have the opportunity to reexamine their own views and assumptions about religion in dialogue with great thinkers of the past and present.

PHIL 030. Buddhist Philosophy

Tuesday & Thursday
9:55 - 11:10
Professor Rosanna Picascia

This course explores some of the central arguments and debates in Indian Buddhist philosophy from the second to the eleventh centuries. Topics include the problem of human suffering, the existence of the self and the external world, the nature and source of mental content, epistemological skepticism, moral responsibility, and the problem of other minds. Students will have the opportunity to reconstruct and critically analyze the arguments of Buddhist philosophers in their historical contexts, as well as ask what we can learn from them today.
Prerequisite: First- and second-year students must complete one introductory level PHIL course before enrolling in this course.