Dr Tom Kerns
North Seattle Community College

Introduction to Philosophy

Instructor: Dr Tom Kerns

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Welcome to the study of Philosophy, philosophers and the search for wisdom.

We will be exploring some interesting ground together this quarter, you and I, and it will require a substantial commitment of time, focus, and energy from all of us if the study is to be a successful one.

I expect that you will find the questions we explore to be important and the readings to be engaging (though some of them will be very challenging), and I hope you find the exercise of thinking out loud together very fruitful.

Here's to a fun and meaningful quarter for all of us.

Business stuff

Course requirements, schedule, grading and other housekeeping matters

Course materials

Lectures and discussion questions

Course modules

This course can be divided into six modules.

  1. Greek wisdom
  2. Hebrew wisdom
  3. epistemology
  4. Arthur Schopenhauer
  5. Emanuel Swedenborg
  6. Martin Buber

More detailed information about each of these modules can be found here.

Online resources

Philosophy resources

Dictionary and Thesaurus


Full-text books available online