Topical Introduction to Philosophy


Online Introduction to Philosophy Class Dr Daniel Fincke

*New Classes Starting September 2015!

*Write me at camelswithhammers@gmail.com to let me know what you want to take and what your schedule is and I will incorporate your needs and interests into the official schedule of course offerings that I announce in August. 

*I intend for the first time to run a course called “Philosophy Today” which will focus on the state of discussions across a range of philosophical fields in the 21st Century and sometimes focus in on new books in philosophy as they come out.

*I also intend to run a new section of the very successful “Philosophy of Science and Knowledge” class that I began teaching for the first time this past spring and to run new sections of any of my other classes that I have traditionally offered which students request.

*Brand new students attend their first session FREE as a no-commitment trial!

 

My Topical Introduction To Philosophy catches up newcomers to philosophy by each week overviewing a major subfield of philosophy. Each week I rotate to another self-contained topic so students can join in at any time without worrying about having missed anything. Over the course of any given 16 week run of sessions we will overview  Philosophy of Mind, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Personal Identity, Social Philosophy (Gender, Race, etc.), Logic, Philosophy of Religion, Aesthetics, Free Will and Determinism, Philosophy of Human Nature, Philosophy of Emotion, and Self-Interest.

For every topic, we explore the major questions, their practical relevance, and the major competing contemporary positions that philosophers hold. Then we engage in freewheeling, open-ended philosophical discussions of the topics for ourselves. As you work out your own thoughts on the week’s topic, I inform you of the ways that philosophers have developed arguments along similar lines or raised challenges to your views. Then I help you work out strategies for either overcoming objections or modifying your views to account for them. While inevitably some of the great philosophers throughout history will be discussed, this class is contemporary in its focus. It is meant to look at the current state of philosophical questions, rather than tell the story of how we got here. It is meant to complement, rather than significantly overlap with, my History of Philosophy class, which tells the story of philosophy from the ancients up through the 20th Century. While the History of Philosophy can serve as an introductory class that is more lecture oriented than any of my other classes, the Topical Introduction to Philosophy puts a greater accent on students working out their own take on the issues. 

There is no university credit for attending these class sessions. For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ. For more about me, see this page.

Effective January 5, 2015 new enrollments into classes are by subscription costing $39.99/week and they grant student weekly 2 hour live and interactive group class sessions led by me directly. I understand that sometimes students are busy and can’t make it every week. My motto is “the year is long”, we have plenty of time to do philosophy when you are available. I occasionally have to cancel class myself and will also refund you in those cases. All your absences and canceled class sessions are automatically refunded, no questions asked, so you wind up paying only for sessions that I actually hold and that you actually attend. And you can automatically self-cancel your subscription completely at any time, using Paypal (or ask me to cancel it for you). After feeling satisfied with a particular class, students are free to move to another class while continuing on the same subscription or to cancel at that point. Students are also welcome to switch to other running class times on weeks they can’t make the class or time that they’re specifically subscribed to. Students can also inquire about regularly alternating between two concurrently running classes or times to accommodate their inconsistent schedules.

Guaranteed 1-on-1 class sessions are also available. They are typically 1 hour long (but we can work out longer sessions if you prefer) and cost $39.99/hr. Write me at dan.fincke@gmail.com to inquire about 1-on-1 classes or to ask me about possible changes to the group class schedules to accommodate you. I am flexible.

Occasionally there are scholarships available so subscribe to the e-mails (see the top left of this page) even if you cannot yet afford the classes. All paying students are welcome to have their partner, roommate, friends, or others share their computer screen and participate in class with them.

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