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philosophical problems

Contact Information

  • Leemon McHenry
  • Department of Philosophy
  • leemon.mchenry@csun.edu
  • Office Phone 818-677-5806
  • Office Hours 7:30-7:50; 11:00- 12:00 Monday and Wednesday (and by appointment)
  • ST 534

Instructional Materials

  • Reflections on Philosophy: Introductory Essays , ed. by Leemon McHenry and Takashi Yagisaw,3rd edition, University Readers, 2011.
  • Philosophy: The Classic Readings, ed. by Leemon McHenry, University Readers, 2011.

Course Syllabus Docx

Study Questions Exam I

Study Questions Exam I PDF

Study Questions Exam II PDF

Important Notices

Exam I -- 16 October

Exam II- - 9 December


Class Accommodations

Students with Disabilities:

If you have a disability, please identify yourself to me and to the University so that we can reasonably accommodate your learning and the preparation and evaluation of the work that you must do for this course. Please contact the Center on Disabilities, Student Services Building, Room 110, 818.677.2684 (fax: 818.677.4932; email: sdr@csun.edu). For more information, visit the COD’s website at the following address: http://www.csun.edu/cod.


Course Information Overview

Course Description

This course is designed as an introduction to philosophy but it is taught with the conviction that philosophy is an activity that one learns by actually doing it, rather than just by memorizing what the great historical figures have said about the problems and issues. The primary aims of the course are: (i) to expose students to the major areas of philosophical inquiry pertaining to knowledge, truth, reality and mind, (i.e., logic, metaphysics, epistemology, personal identity, and philosophy of mind), and (ii) to develop critical thinking skills by analysis and evaluation of philosophical arguments.