This is a course in classical symbolic logic in its first main branch (sentential logic) including, in addition, a brief introduction to modal logic (system T). The aim is to acquaint students with the formal language of modern deductive logic and to develop the basic techniques of good deductive reasoning. The course will be of interest to philosophy majors in particular (especially those who are planning to do graduate work in philosophy), but will benefit anyone who wants to acquire skills in abstract thinking. No prior knowledge of logic is presupposed.

In this course we will read selections from the works of Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz, the three great Rationalist philosophers of the Early Modern period. The aim is to acquire an understanding of their metaphysical and epistemological views in historical context.

This course serves as an introduction to several major questions in philosophy. Throughout the semester, we will focus our readings and discussions around a few key debates in ancient Greek and medieval philosophy:

• What is philosophy?

• What is the good and how do we acquire it?

• What is the nature of reality?

We engage with these debates through writing assignments that will help you develop the skills important to a philosopher, but also to any thinker or writer. The course requires con- sistent participation and commitment to intensive writing and reading, as well as an interest in contributing to a community of philosophers inside the classroom.

This course serves as an introductory survey of ancient philosophy from the Presocratics to Plato. Throughout the semester, we will focus our readings and discussions around three connected major philosophical debates:

• What are the fundamental structures of reality

• What is nature?

• What is philosophy and what can it achieve?