Problems of Philosophy

A marble statue of a seated, toga-wearing man with a furrowed brow and one hand resting on his chin.

A marble statue of Socrates at the Academy of Athens in Greece. In Plato’s Euthyphro, Socrates asks whether the gods love the pious because it is the pious, or whether the pious is pious only because it is loved by the gods. (Image courtesy of Carlos Blanco on Flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)



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Fall 2019



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This course is an introduction to the problems of philosophy—in particular, to problems in ethics, metaphysics, theory of knowledge, and philosophy of logic, language, and science. It takes a systematic rather than historical approach. Readings come from classical and contemporary sources, but emphasis is on examination and evaluation of proposed solutions to the problems.

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Miriam Schoenfield. 24.00 Problems of Philosophy. Fall 2019. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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