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San José State University Department of Philosophy Philosophy 10 – Introduction to Philosophy Summer 2010 Instructor: James Lindahl Office Location: Faculty Office Building 205 Telephone: 408-924-4501 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: MTWR 8:00-8:50, and immediately after the class Class Days/Time: MW 9:00 – 1:30 Classroom: Clark 231 Prerequisites: none GE/SJSU Studies Category: Area C2 Course Description Introduction to Philosophy will engage us in a wide range of topics from the history of philosophy. We will approach many of the “big questions” from a variety of cultural perspectives in order to fully appreciate the spectrum of ideas proposed throughout the ages. This investigation will include topics such as the history of philosophy, the nature of knowledge, religion, art, self and mind. We will also investigate a number of value questions including the foundations of ethics, justice, and environmentalism among others. In the end, we should each develop a better appreciation for the variety of possibilities offered throughout history of ways to think about the big questions. This exploration will be done by reading short excerpts from major philosophical works across time and culture. Careful reading is essential and discussion is encouraged. Through class discussion and debate, we should be able to gain greater insight into these issues and maybe even a glimpse at the meaning of life. Required Texts/Readings Kessler, Gary Voices of Wisdom , 7 th edition, Wadsworth/Cengage isbn: 0-495-60153-5
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Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Philosophy 10 satisfies G.E. area C2. Objectives for this G.E. area include 1. Goals Courses in Arts and Letters should give students knowledge and understanding of significant works of the human intellect and imagination. Students will examine the interaction of analytical and creative processes in the production and perception of such works, and the significance of the historical and cultural contexts in which the works are created and interpreted. Courses should enable students to participate in social and cultural communities associated with artistic and literary endeavors, enriching their personal and professional lives. 2. Student Learning Objectives Letters courses will enable students to: - recognize how significant works illuminate enduring human concerns; - respond to such works by writing both research-based critical analyses and personal responses; and - write clearly and effectively. Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page. You are responsible for regularly checking with the messaging system through MySJSU. You can also link directly to my webpage at: http:// Grading information Course Requirements: You will be expected to write 2 short essays. They will each be approximately 3-4 pages
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