PHIL100     Introduction to Philosophy
Semester:Summer 2015
Instructor: Christian Tarsney
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We will explore questions that have puzzled philosophers over the centuries. For instance: How can we know that we are not systematically deceived about the world around us, like brains in a vat? Is our conscious experience anything more than a complicated interaction of elementary particles? What is free will, and can it exist in a world where our choices and basic character often seem to be governed by forces outside our control? Is it morally permissible to harm, even kill, an innocent person to protect a greater number of innocent people? What justifies the authority of governments, and how should they balance values like the general good, social equality, and individual rights?