Summer 2020

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1115 - Introduction to Philosophy


Instructor: Marcel Lebow
Time/s: ARR

***First Half Term***

The discipline of philosophy is given short shrift in our culture today. Considered just haphazard opining, philosophizing is thought at best to be a statement one gives at a dinner party. One tells of "their philosophy", which inevitably amounts to a series of platitudes dressed up in long pauses and distant gazing. Otherwise, philosophy, it is said, has no place in contemporary society, and was just a series of lucky guesses and wild speculation only those in the past considered – a mere stand-in for a kind of thinking that the sciences now occupy.

Through a study of some of the classics of the Western philosophical tradition, this class aims to dispel such misconceptions and introduce one to the rigor and lasting relevance of the practice and study of philosophy. We will address questions that many of us wonder about at one time or another: Is there a god? What constitutes a good or evil act? Do we have souls? How do we know the external world exists? Does life have meaning?

What we will find is that philosophy at its finest delimits a field of investigation that, while informed by the sciences and other disciplines, can only be approached systematically through a kind of thinking unique to philosophy itself. Rather than a matter of paltry conjecture, philosophy puts limits on what we can say and think legitimately, and reveals to us certain possibilities of philosophical conclusion, separating from itself idle chatter and the remarks better left for books found in Barnes & Noble's quirky gifts section which predicate philosophy with one's favorite television show or movie.

Grades based on quizzes, online discussion, and two exams.

1120 - Logic, Reasoning, and Critical Thinking


Instructor: Michael Candelaria
Time/s: ARR

***Second Half Term***

This course is an introduction to critical thinking and logic. We will survey the fundamental areas of critical thinking and logic including the following: interpretive and critical thinking skills, the nature of language and different functions of language, meaning and different theories of meaning, truth and different theories of truth, the structure of arguments, their components and the relation of inference, the construction and reconstruction of arguments, the diagramming of arguments, deductive logic, and inductive logic. In the course, there will be self-tests, quizzes, discussion posts and replies, and a three to four-page final essay. The objective is to improve your critical thinking skills, learn how to construct different kinds or arguments and how to evaluate them.

2220 - Greek Philosophy


Instructor: Joachim Oberst
Time/s: MTWRF 10:30-12:30

***First Half Term***

This course explores the Greek roots of Western Thought. Through lectures, discussions, group and individual work, as well as film viewings, we will uncover our Greek heritage. The study of words, text fragments and the entire work of poets and philosophers are the avenues of discovery. Starting with mythology we will transition to Presocratic philosophy, encounter the enigmatic Socrates, explore Greek theatre (comedy & tragedy) and examine the philosophy of Plato & Aristotle. A brief look into Hellenistic philosophy will bring the course to a close.     
Course materials will be made available on UNMLearn and ordered through the UNM Bookstore.
There is no prerequisite to this course.  Apart from offering stimulation for intellectual development and personal enrichment through the philological treatment of texts, the course will prepare students to participate in other courses in philosophy and the humanities at large, especially in classics and the history of philosophy.  The course can also be illuminating for students of the natural sciences.