In this course, students will study central topics in the major areas of philosophy. Following a discussion of the aims of philosophy as a discipline and the specific methodology it uses in pursuing its objectives, a variety of philosophical perspectives (both historical and contemporary) will be presented and examined. Questions to be considered might include (but are not limited to): What is the basic underlying substance of the universe, and is it material or ideal? What does it mean to live a moral life? Are moral norms relative or absolute? Is knowledge possible? Does knowledge come from reason or from experience? Can a machines capable of human-like thought be built? What is the nature of the mind? How is consciousness generated by a physical brain?