Philosophy 201: Introduction to Philosophy
MWF 10:30
Guthrie Hall 201
Jean-Paul Vessel
Fall 2017
J-P's Office: Breland 324
J-P's Office Hours: Tuesday 2:45-4:15 PM, and by appt.
Michelle Woodland Assistant)
Michelle's Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 1:00-2:00 PM in the Lobby of Breland Hall, and by appt.
Behold Leibniz: co-discover of the infinitesimal calculus and perhaps the greatest rationalist philosopher in the Early Modern Era.
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J-P's Philosophy Pages

Critical Thinking By Example

NMSU Philosophy Department Homepage

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Improving Academic Writing (especially in Philosophy)

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