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PHIL 2010 Syllabus - PHIL 2010-035(85416 Fall 2010 TR 11:00...

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PHIL 2010-035 (85416) TR 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Fall 2010 ALC 314 I N T R O D U C T I O N T O P H I L O S O P H Y Paul Gaugin, Whence Come We? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (1897) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Professor: Dr. Jessica N. Berry E-mail: [email protected] Office Location: 34 Peachtree St., Rm. #1141 Office Phone: 404-413-6101 Office Hours: Tues. and Thurs. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Fri. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and by appointment Course Description and Objectives: This course is designed to introduce you to a few of the most fundamental philosophical questions, to demonstrate what it is to think philosophically, and—I hope—to show you how to do it successfully. We will acquire some basic tools of philosophical argument ( logic ), read both classic and contemporary selections in all the substantive areas of philosophy, on such topics as the nature of reality and the existence and nature of God ( metaphysics ), the possibility of knowledge ( epistemology ), and we will consider some perennial problems of value and meaning ( ethics and applied ethics ). We will examine these issues from a variety of perspectives, but beware : our goal here is not to arrive at definitive answers to or to “close the book” on any of these questions. In fact, we will at times seem to raise more questions than we began with. However, as we progress, our thinking about these problems should become less dogmatic and more reflective and intelligent. Every student should come away from this course with a better understanding of how to read carefully and critically, how to discuss philosophical problems creatively and constructively, and how to write about these problems in a clear, balanced, and well-reasoned way. (Prerequisites: NONE .) Required Text(s): This syllabus, electronic readings, handouts and other information may be found on your uLearn page. Steven M. Cahn (ed.), Philosophy for the 21 st Century (ISBN 0195147928) Selected ELECTRONIC READINGS available on uLearn for you to print . Evaluation (for details on each, see ‘Expectations and Course Policies’ below): Logical Reasoning Assignment (Due Sept. 2) 7 points Five Quizzes (5 points each) 25 points Eight Short Papers (6 points each) 48 points Final Examination (cumulative) 20 points
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2 Schedule of Lectures, Readings, and Assignments: The course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary. Week 1 Introduction: What Is Philosophy? Aug. 24 Introduction to the Course Print and read Course Syllabus (especially ‘Policies’) Aug. 26 Print and read Cannon, Deductive Logic “Fundamentals” [ ELECTRONIC READING ] Sign and return the ‘Contract’ portion of your syllabus (see last page) Week 2 Logic: What Does It Mean to Reason Well? Aug. 31 Re-read Cannon, Deductive Logic “Fundamentals” [ ELECTRONIC READING ] Sept. 2 Logical Reasoning Assignment Due: Complete all of the exercises at the end of the Cannon chapter, pp. 19-21.
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