Introducing “Introduction to Philosophy,” a comprehensive course designed to provide you with a broad overview of the fundamental concepts, theories, and questions that have shaped the field of philosophy. Led by experienced philosophy professors, this course offers a rigorous and engaging introduction to the discipline.
Over the course of the program, you will explore a range of philosophical topics, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. You will learn how to analyze and evaluate philosophical arguments and apply critical thinking skills to philosophical questions.
Through a series of lectures, discussions, readings, and assignments, you will gain a deeper understanding of the major philosophical theories and perspectives that have shaped the Western intellectual tradition. You will learn how to critically examine complex philosophical ideas and develop your own philosophical arguments and perspectives.
This course is suitable for anyone interested in philosophy, whether you are a beginner or have some prior knowledge of the subject. By the end of the course, you will have a solid foundation in the key concepts and debates in philosophy and be better equipped to think critically about complex philosophical issues.
About Paul Copan
Paul Copan is currently Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics Palm Beach Atlantic University. He earned his doctorate from Marquette University in Philosophy with an emphasis on philosophy of religion. Since 1998, Copan has authored 15 books* addressing such things as relativism, conversational apologetics, philosophical issues, and difficult Old Testament passages–which he is probably best known for. Copan has also contributed nearly 100 articles in Christian and philosophical publications. In addition to his authorship, Copan is also an editor of 15 philosophical and apologetics resources including “The Apologetics Study Bible” and “The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion.” Earlier in Dr. Copan’s career, he spent time on pastoral staff, worked with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, was an adjunct professor at Trinity International University, and served for six years as the president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.
In spite of all his credentials, Copan still comes across as a down-to-earth, warm, and genuine individual, often lightening the mood with his dry wit. He and his wife live in West Palm Beach, Florida, raising six children.
*[Dr. Copan’s authored (or co-authored) books: “True for You, But Not for Me” (two volumes), “Is Everything Relative,” “That’s Just Your Interpretation,” “Creation out of Nothing,” “How Do You Know You’re Not Wrong,” “What is Truth?” “Loving Wisdom,” “When God Goes to Starbucks,” “Is God a Moral Monster?” “An Introduction to Biblical Ethics,” “The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas,” “Did God really Command Genocide,” “A Little Book for New Philosophers,” “Science: Christian Perspectives for the New Millennium” (two volumes)]
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