Cox PHIL 2010 Syllabus Spring 2010

Cox PHIL 2010 Syllabus Spring 2010 - INTRODUCTION TO...

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INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY PHIL 2010 Monday/Wednesday 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm CRN 11184 – Section 035 Aderhold Learning Center, Room 323 Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 pm - 12:15 pm CRN 13814 – Section 025 Aderhold Learning Center 314 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm CRN 13022 – Section 50 Aderhold Learning Center, Room 314 Instructor: Edward Cox Contact Information: Office: 34 Peachtree Street, room 1142 Phone: 404-413-6133 email: or Office hours: Monday/Wednesday 9:00-11:30, Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-10:30 and by appointment Required texts : Reason and Responsibility , edited by Joel Feinberg and Russ Shafer-Landau, 13 th edition, Thomson, 2008. PURPOSE: Upon completion of PHIL 2010, Introduction to Philosophy, students should be able to: A. Evaluate philosophical arguments; B. Understand major topics and problems in philosophy; C. Understand reasons for and against the common views on these issues; D. Articulate and defend a position, both in writing and in speech, on an issue in philosophy. CONTENT: This course will cover the following issues: the existence of God, the possibility of knowledge, free will and determinism, the possibility of machine consciousness, and normative and applied ethics. The work graded for this course is as follows: 2 examinations, including a non-comprehensive final examination. Daily quizzes (of which one will be dropped) Frequent in-class and group exercises or homework (of which one will be dropped) One mock trial Class participation GRADING: A. EXAMS There will be two examinations in this course, consisting of the following: Multiple choice (and possible matching) and one essay question. The first examination for the course will be worth 100 points, and the final exam will be worth 140 points, towards the final grade in the course. The essay question on each examination will count 60 points. The first exam should be returned in approximately two weeks. Makeup exams will be given during the final exam period immediately following the final exam and will be given only if the student has an excused absence for the day of the exam. Essay question grading criteria: On the essay questions on the exam, I will be judging your ability to write an argumentative essay. Part of this ability is writing clearly and correctly. This essay should have multiple paragraphs, with a clear introduction and conclusion, that addresses the essay question. The average length for such an essay is approximately 500-700 words. The first exam’s essay question will be to argue either for or against the existence of God or for or against rationality of belief in God. The second exam’s essay question will be taken from one of the main topics throughout the rest of the semester: free will and determinism, the possibility of machine consciousness, the moral acceptability of female genital mutilation in other cultures, theories of ethics or famine relief. Grading for the essays will be based on the quality of philosophical arguments and
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Cox PHIL 2010 Syllabus Spring 2010 - INTRODUCTION TO...

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