Philosophy is the rational investigation of the principles of being, knowledge, or conduct. This class will survey three recognized areas of philosophy: Ancient, Modern and Contemporary. Ancient refers to Greek and Roman thinkers including Plato, Aristotle and Socrates. Modern includes the political ideas of Locke, Hume and Hobbes upon which many of our democratic principles are based. Contemporary includes philosophers of the last 100 years, including Hannah Arendt. Different views of human nature as well as ethical behavior will be examined. The culminating activity will include the application of these philosophical theories to the act of genocide, war crimes, human rights violations, or other major events.