Syllabus - Philosophy 100 Introduction to Philosophy...

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Philosophy 100 – Introduction to Philosophy (31506) Spring, 2010 Mondays and Wednedays, 8:00 – 9:25 AM, SS–103 Final: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Instructor: Jerry Law, Ph.D. Phone: (310) 392-0663 Email: JerryMLaw@AOL.com Course Description This course will focus on a single question: “What is philosophy?” In answering it we will survey frequently encountered philosophical terms, concepts, and problems. The purpose of this course is to give you a grasp of the basics of philosophy as a kind of thinking - the questions philosophers ask, why they ask them, and the kinds of answers they give - so that you have the tools to pursue further philosophical studies if you choose to do so. Student Learning Outcomes Students will be able to: 1. present a critical philosophical analysis of a selected topic in philosophy that articulates and evaluates the claims made. Instructor’s Course Objectives Upon completion of this course you should be able to: 1. define key philosophical terms; 2. understand key philosophical concepts, methods, and approaches; 3. recognize key philosophical problems and some of the answers given to them by major figures in the history of western philosophy; and 4. begin to develop your critical abilities in evaluating these problems and answers. Required Materials 1. Five Scantron forms (the long, thin, blue ones – form no. 20788-PAR) 2. Required text: Core Questions in Philosophy: a Text with Readings, 5 th ed., by Elliott Sober (2009: Pearson Prentice Hall). Other, suggested texts ( not required but may be of interest ): A. From Socrates to Sartre: the Philosophical Quest, by T. Z. Lavine (1984: Bantam Books). An inexpensive, readable, and short historical survey of philosophy, based on a PBS television series. B. Introducing Philosophy: the Challenge of Scepticism, by D. Z. Phillips (1996: Blackwell Publishers). A brief, elegant introduction to philosophy that covers the same topics as Sober’s book but from a different perspective. Course Requirements Read all assigned pages prior to coming to class. Your grade will be based on the following:
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1. Quizzes: there will be five fifty-point quizzes. They will consist of multiple choice and true/false questions and will be based on the readings as well as on the material presented in class. The date of each quiz is listed in the course outline. Each quiz will cover only material discussed since the previous quiz; in other words there will be no cumulative midterm or final in this class. 2. Essays : you are required to write two essays. You may choose the topic, subject to the limitations and format set forth on the attached “Guidelines for Paper Writing” page . Each essay is to be three to four pages long, double-spaced. Seventy-five points are possible on each essay.
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Syllabus - Philosophy 100 Introduction to Philosophy...

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