Introduction to Philosophy

The unexamined life is not worth living.   Socrates

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.    Eleanor Roosevelt

This introductory study examines classic, modern and contemporary philosophical texts on subjects that include the meaning of life, the nature of the world, the foundation of morality, the relationship between the individual and the state, the concept of human freedom, the attainment of happiness, the limits of knowledge, the connection between the body and the mind, the moral status of animals, and the possibility of God’s existence.  Philosophy means love of wisdom, and, at a minimum, its practice teaches how to think.  Its study is recommended to persons who wish to improve their ability to think logically, critically and independently.