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70A Syllabus Spring 2010

70A Syllabus Spring 2010 - San Jos State University...

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San José State University Philosophy Department Phil 70A, Ancient Philosophy Spring 2010 Instructor: Prof. Tom Leddy Office location: Faculty Office Building 206. (The Faculty Office Building is a two-story building between the Spartan Complex and Dwight Bental Hall. English is on the first floor. Philosophy is on the second floor.) Telephone: 924-4528. I may be reached here during my office hours. If I am not there, please leave a message on voice-mail and I will call back. Email: [email protected] [preferred method of communication] Feel free to send me comments on the class, questions, or even drafts of papers. Office hours: 10:00-10:30, 1:15-2:45, 4:15-5:00 all MW, or by appointment. I am happy to go over your papers with you, even in rough draft stage. I may hold afternoon office hours Business Classroom courtyard near the Coffee Kiosk rather than in my office, depending on weather. Class days/time: MW 3:00-4:15 Classroom: Boccardo Business Center 203 Prerequisites: None 3x5 Card Please return to me a 3x5 card with a photograph of you on the front [any photo of you as you look today will do: you can even photocopy your driver’s license or student ID] and on the back, your name and a short autobiography. Do this by the next class meeting. Let me know about any experience you have had with the arts, whether fine or popular, or with philosophy. GE Category Area C2. Letters Faculty Web Page Copies of the course syllabus, lecture notes and other course materials may be found on my faculty web page accessible through the quick links/faculty web page links on the SJSU home page. The web site for the class is at http://www.sjsu.edu/people/thomas.leddy/ or just go to SJSU Home and then Faculty and Staff, search for Leddy, and then bookmark the site. This syllabus and other materials, including Guidelines for Writing Papers in Philosophy, will be posted there, as will be outlines of the selections we are reading for this class (listed by the name of the author of the text). I also refer to these as my lecture notes. If you download the electronic version of this syllabus you can simply hit Control and click your mouse on any of the links in this syllabus and, if you are connected to the web, you will go directly to the site listed. 1
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Course Description and Goals The course will cover the philosophers of the ancient Greek and Latin worlds with special emphasis placed on the Presocratic Philosophers, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and on contemporary feminist discussions of ancient philosophy. We will relate the ancient discussions to current events in politics, cultural life, and the science. Typical class sessions will involve lecture and small group discussion. Occasionally I will show part of a video for cultural/historical background. Student Learning Objectives GE/SJSU Studies Learning Outcomes Students will: 1. recognize how significant works illuminate enduring human concerns.
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