Introduction to Philosophy FA '12 @ Cortland College

Schedule

Schedule subject to change. Updated: Oct 10
All assignments are due the day they are listed

Tues, Aug 28 - Introduction to the Course
Read: Syllabus and Schedule
In-Class: Introductions

Unit 1: Philosophy, Arguments, and Ethics

NOTES:  S003 | S004 | S005

Unit 1 Extra Credit: Philosophy Bites: Julian Baggini on Thought Experiments, Barry Stroud on Scepticism, or Joshua Knobe on Experimental Philosophy  (Due: Tues, Sept 25)

Thurs, Aug 30 - What is Philosophy?
Listen: Edward Craig on What is Philosophy?

Fri, Aug 31: Last day to Add/Drop

Tues, Sept 04 - Arguments, Part 1
Read: Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments, pp 1-22.

Thurs, Sept 06 - Arguments, Part 2
Read: Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments, pp 37-47; 73-79.

Tues, Sept 11 - Intro to Ethics, Part 1
Assigned: Short Paper 01

Thurs, Sept 13 - Intro to Ethics, Part 2

Tues, Sept 18 - Quiz Questions
Due Before Class: 4 Quiz Questions, by email
In-Class: Group Quiz Questions, by email at end of class

Unit 2: Topics in Ethics

NOTES:  S003 | S004

Unit 2 Extra Credit: Philosophy Bites: Jeff McMahan on Moral Status, Peter Singer on Using Animals, or Trolleys, Killing, and the Doctrine of Double Effect (Due: Tues, Oct 23)

Thurs, Sept 20 - Animal Liberation, Part 1
Read: Peter Singer, Debate with Richard Posner, First Email (June 11, 2001, at 11:55 PM PT)

Tues, Sept 25 - Animal Liberation, Part 2
Read: Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights, Preface.
Due: Short Paper 01
Due: Unit 1 Extra Credit

Thurs, Sept 27 - Quiz on Unit 1
In-Class: Quiz 01

Tues, Oct 02 - Abortion, Part 1
Read: Mary Anne Warren, On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion, all.

Thurs, Oct 04 - Abortion, Part 2
Read: Judith Jarvis Thomson, A Defense of Abortion, pp 49-53 (to middle of page).

Tues, Oct 09 - Abortion, Part 3
Read: James Rachels, Active and Passive Euthanasia, all.

Thurs, Oct 11 - Abortion, Part 4
Assigned: Short Essay 02

Tues, Oct 16 - Study Guide
In-Class:  Completed Study Guide

Unit 3: Personal Identity

NOTES:  S003 | S004 | S005

Unit 3 Extra Credit: Philosophy Bites: Galen Strawson on the Sense of Self or Christopher Shields on Personal Identity (Due: Tues, Nov 13)

Thurs, Oct 18 - Personal Identity Thought Experiments
In-Class: Group Activity

Tues, Oct 23 - The Soul and the Mind
Due: Short Essay 02
Read: John Perry, A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality, The First and Second Night.
Due: Unit 2 Extra Credit

Thurs, Oct 25 - Quiz on Unit 2
In-Class: Quiz 02

Tues, Oct 30 - The Mind and the Body Class Canceled

Thurs, Nov 01 - The Mind and the Body
Assigned: Short Essay 03
Read: John Perry, A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality, The Third Night.

Tues, Nov 06 - Narrative
Read: Marya Schechtman, Personal Identity and the Past, pp18-21 (from "An Alternative Account").

Thurs, Nov 08 - Study Guide
In-Class:  Completed Study Guide

Unit 4: The Nature of Reality

NOTES:  S003 | S004

Unit 4 Extra Credit: Philosophy Bites: John Campbell on Berkeley's Puzzle or David Papineau on Scientific Realism (Due: Mon, Dec 10)

Tues, Nov 13 - Intro to Enlightenment Materialism
Due: Short Essay 03
Due: Unit 3 Extra Credit

Thurs, Nov 15 - Quiz on Unit 3
In-Class: Quiz 03
Last Day to Withdraw, 4 PM deadline

Tues, Nov 20 - Extra Help Day

Thanksgiving Break

Tues, Nov 27 - Problems with Enlightenment Materialism
Read: George Berkeley, Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, pp 30-42 (from Hyl's speech beginning "The sensation I take . . .")

Thurs, Nov 29 - Berkeley's Solution
Read: George Berkeley, Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, pp 61-69 (to middle of page).

Tues, Dec 04 - Strict Materialism
Read: George Berkeley, Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, pp 43-45; 77-79.

Thurs, Dec 06 - Study Guide
In-Class: Completed Study Guide

Mon, Dec 10 - Final Paper Due by Email
Due: Short Essay 04
Due: Unit 4 Extra Credit

Final Exams:
DRAFT SCHEDULE:
All Exams in Regular Classroom
S003: Tues, Dec 11: 1PM
S004: Weds, Dec 12: 8AM
S005: Fri, Dec 14: 10:30AM