This course examines those pivotal philosophies that have most significantly shaped the evolution of Western culture. Its aim is to critically reflect on the defining ideas of both tradition and the modern world, and to explore the specific challenges modernity poses to traditional thought. This course is a core requirement, and a for all other philosophy courses. It is also offered in the honors colloquia. Students who complete PHL 100 cannot take PHL 151: University Writing Seminar, nor may students who complete PHL 151 take PHL 100.