Raphael's School of Athens
For centuries, humankind has sought answers from two often competing sources: religion and philosophy. Where religion often focuses upon supernatural explanations, philosophy relies upon intellectual deduction to form solutions. Our curiosity occasionally leads us on flights of fancy, but the quest for knowledge is almost always worthwhile.

The word philosophy originated with the ancient Greeks and means “seeker of knowledge.” In modern terms, philosophy has come to mean the theory, or logical analysis of the principles underlying human conduct, thought, knowledge, and the nature of the universe.

A topic this vast cannot be thoroughly examined in a trimester-long course. It may, in fact, be a task taking longer than a lifetime. We can only hope to scratch the surface.

So welcome, seekers of knowledge. I hope this will be a productive and enlightening exploration.