Spring 2025

Philosophical Questions

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-111


Alexander George (Section 01)
Nishiten Shah (Section 02)


This is an introduction to philosophy that explores a range of issues pertaining to religious conviction, knowledge, mind, freedom, ethics, and value. This exploration will take place through critical engagement, via reflection, writing, and conversation, with written work – some classical, some contemporary – in the philosophical tradition.

Limited to 20 students.  Fall semester: TBD.  Spring semester: Professors Alexander George (section 01) and Nishiten Shah (section 02).  (T or V).

How to handle overenrollment: Allow everyone to register. Preference to first years and to those who attend first class.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, and class participation.

Course Materials


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024, Spring 2025