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San José State University Philosophy Department Philosophy 10, Introduction to Philosophy Section 5 – Fall 2008 Instructor: Brenda Hood Office Location: Faculty Offices Building Room 234 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 and by appointment Class Days/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am-11:45am Classroom: SH 240 Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite for this course. It is strongly recommended, however, that you’ve taken English 1A or are currently enrolled. GE/SJSU Studies Category: E Course Description This course is designed as an exploration of the basic questions of philosophy: What is truth? What is the nature of reality? What is good? What is beautiful? Does God exist? What is the best form of government? Do we have free will or is our existence determined? Our exploration of these ideas will take the form of a survey, examining the history of philosophical thought from the pre-Socratics to contemporary thinkers. In order to study these ideas and theories, we will take on the tools and techniques of a philosopher. We will learn how to formulate questions and analyze arguments in order to understand and assess the material being presented. Hopefully, by the end of the course you will have a new way of looking at the world and a desire to continue pursuing the questions we’ve just begun to investigate. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Area C2 Letters Courses will enable students to: 1) Recognize how significant works illuminate enduring human concerns; 2) Respond to such works by writing both research-based critical analyses and personal responses; 3) Write clearly and effectively. Page 1 of 7
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Required Texts/Readings Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates , Hackett Publishing Company. ISBN : 0-87220-554-1 http://www.classicallibrary.org/plato/dialogues/index.htm Rene Descartes, Meditations of First Philosophy , Hackett Publishing Company. ISBN: 0-87220-192-9 http://www.wright.edu/cola/descartes/mede.html David Hume, An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding , Oxford University Press ISBN: 0-19875248-2 http://18th.eserver.org/hume-enquiry.html http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext06/8echu10.txt Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto , Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0-19-283437-1 http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/index.htm J P Sartre, Existentialism and Human Emotions , Citadel Press. ISBN: 0-8065-0902-3 http://www.openlibrary.ws/authors/jean-paul-sartre/existentialism-and-human- emotions/1/ Recommended: Donald Palmer, Looking at Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter , Mayfield Publishing Company. 2 nd 3 rd or 4 th edition ISBN: 076740596X In addition to this list, I’ll be making other readings available throughout the course of the semester. Stay tuned.
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