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HUM 127

Introduction to Philosophy

Course focuses on the most fundamental questions that human beings have always asked. Topics include a critical examination of theories about reality and truth, moral values and social justice, personal identity and free will, aesthetic values, and systems of religious beliefs. Three credit hours. No prerequisites.
(IAI H4 900)

Note: Each instructor develops his or her own focus for HUM 127. Please contact the instructor for information on the class focus and books. A number of these sections can be used to complete the Great Books Program. The Great Books sections will be cappped at 25 students and will emphasize discussion.

Section 001

TR

12:30-01:45pm

Skokie

Jonathan Benson

This course consists of a concise examination of the fundamental questions of philosophy, the competing answers philosophers have offered in response to these questions of philosophy, and the evidence/reasons philosophers use to support the "truth" of their positions.

Section 002

TR

2:00pm-3:15pm

Skokie

Matthew Klinsky

Section 002: A point of focus in our course will be Models of Transformation for both personal growth and social change, and we will be examining classic accounts from Plato, Nietzsche, Marx, and Lao-Tzu.

Section 050

T

6:30pm-9:20pm

Skokie

Eduardo Frajman

Section 0G1

Great Books

MW

8:00am-9:15am

Des Plaines

Eduardo Frajman

Section 0G1- God, Mind, and Freedom: The course will explore questions of the nature of the human mind (or soul) and of ethic and freedom, emphasizing how our answers to former necessarily affect those of the latter.

Section 0G2

Great Books

 TR

9:30am-10:45am

Des Plaines

Judd Renken

For Section 0G2, understanding morality, God, existence, truth, knowledge, one-self, and sound reasoning are all themes philosophers have concerned themselves about over the centuries that this course will hope to enlighten.

Section 0G3

Great Books

MW

8:00am-9:15am

Des Plaines

Kristin McCartney

Section 0G3:  We will use two texts in the class, intellectual historian Jennifer Michael Hecht’s The Happiness Myth (2007) and The Good Life (1999), an anthology of primary philosophical texts, edited by Charles Guignol, as we try to navigate our own diverse accounts and approaches to what Aristotle called “living well and doing well.”

Section 0G4

Great Books

 MW

9:30am-10:45am

Skokie

Kristin McCartney

Section 0G4:  We will use two texts in the class, intellectual historian Jennifer Michael Hecht’s The Happiness Myth (2007) and The Good Life (1999), an anthology of primary philosophical texts, edited by Charles Guignol, as we try to navigate our own diverse accounts and approaches to what Aristotle called “living well and doing well.”

Section 0G5

Great Books

TR

12:30pm- 1:45pm

Des Plaines

Kristin McCartney

Section 0G5:  We will use two texts in the class, intellectual historian Jennifer Michael Hecht’s The Happiness Myth (2007) and The Good Life (1999), an anthology of primary philosophical texts, edited by Charles Guignol, as we try to navigate our own diverse accounts and approaches to what Aristotle called “living well and doing well.”

Section 0G6

Great Books

 MW

2:00pm-3:15pm

Des Plaines

Eugene Muhammad

This class will be an adventure that will take you to the heights of some of the most profound pundits and to the depths of some our most pressing and perplexing questions.  What is real? What constitutes reality? Who am I? What is the purpose of life? Is there a God? Why is there evil in the world? If you want to explore how deep the rabbit hole really goes, or if the Matrix has you or not, then this is definitely the class for you. "It's the question that drives us!" - Trinity (in the Matrix)

Section 0G7

Great Books

TR

3:30pm-4:50pm

Des Plaines

Russell Newstadt

In this course, we will attempt to address some fundamental problems of philosophy through an examination of traditional answers to variants of the following question: What, if anything, is a soul (or a subject or consciousness), and why would one want one?

Section GW1

Great Books

S

9:00am-1:15pm

Skokie

TBA

Section 0C1   

0C1 is an online class. Weekly participation is required.  

Carlos Briones

Section 0G7 is a late start class beginning 09/06

Section GW1 is a late start class beginning 10/01