Philosophy 201: Introduction to Philosophy
TuTh 10:20
Hardman/Jacob UG Learning Center 230
Jean-Paul Vessel
Spring 2018
J-P's Office: Breland 324
J-P's Office Hours: Tuesday 2:45-4:15 PM, and by appt.
David Vessel (Teaching Assistant)
David's Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00-3:30 PM on the Second Floor of the Corbett Center, and by appt.
Could an omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent being permit so much pain and suffering in our world?
This is the official PHIL 201 web site. Here you will find the syllabus, handouts, study guides, reading assignments, written homework assignments, news, and other relevant information. I'll try to keep this thing up to date, but no guarantees! Suggestions and comments are most welcome, whether you are a PHIL 201 student or a visitor. Please email

News and Assignments (The "Living" Course Schedule):


J-P's Philosophy Pages

Critical Thinking By Example

NMSU Philosophy Department Homepage

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Improving Academic Writing (especially in Philosophy)

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day