Full year course – 4 credits This course is an introduction to the major philosophers of the west and their ideas, with an emphasis on ethics and political philosophy. Philosophical ideas will be presented in their historical contexts. The course will start with the beginnings of western philosophy in ancient Greece, and continue through the twentieth century. Students will examine moral and political ideas and see how they apply to the contemporary world and their own lives. Readings will be drawn from actual philosophical works and commentary on them. Some fictional sources will also be used. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions and activities, read materials closely, and write analytical essays. (1-3)