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    Skidmore College
   
 
  Dec 18, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Catalog 2017-2018
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PH 112H - The Cave: Philosophy in the Shadows


Credits: 4
An introductory philosophy course that looks at the powerful metaphor of philosophy as a way of emerging from the darkness of the cave into the light of day. Students will read seminal works in philosophy, each of which has a similar argumentative structure: being released from faulty preconceptions (our lives in the cave) in order to ascend toward intellectual illumination (the emergence from the cave), only to return to our previous lives (a return to the cave, but now wiser). While each of the authors reflects on this process in some way, they are rather diverse in how they understand the nature of philosophy and how philosophy might help us to live our lives. Proposals will include ascents toward ethics, religion, science, freedom, and social justice.
Note(s): (Fulfills humanities requirement.)
L. Jorgensen



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