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INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY Spring 2011 T Th 10:30-11:45, sec 3 BBC 203 Prof. Brown Office Hours: T Th 1:45-2:45, and by appointment FO 233, 924-4524. Karin.Brown@sjsu.edu Website: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/karin.brown/ In this course we will explore the different areas in philosophy, in a historical and diverse manner. We will pay attention to different theories concerning the same issues throughout history and across cultures. We will read theories concerning questions such as: How should one live? Is morality universal or relative? Why should one be moral? Can we attain truth? Is there a God? Do we have a free will? What constitutes happiness? We will begin with Ancient philosophy continue with modern philosophy, existentialism, Buddhism and contemporary feminist philosophy. Texts required for purchase : Course reader available at Maple Press: 481 E. San Carlos St. Course requirements : Weekly reading assignments: Students are expected to carefully read the assigned material before class. Three 2-3 pages each 20%. Papers require library based research, specific instructions will be provided along with paper topics. An in class midterm examination, three essays, open book exam. 20%. March 17. An in class final examination, three essays, open book exam. 20%. May 19, 9:45. Extra credit: class participation. A note about reading philosophy :
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When reading the material, be mindful of the thesis that is being presented and the arguments given in support of the thesis. You will be expected to use this format in all essay questions and papers. Begin to think about the material as you are reading, do you agree with the points made? What is your criticism? This way the reading will be more interesting and challenging. Attendance: Attendance in this course is extremely important and is key to receiving a good grade. The readings are often difficult and require interpretation which we will cover in class. It can be very difficult to extract, on your own, the arguments which you will be asked to present in exams and papers. Class discussion is a very important part of learning philosophy. This material is subject to interpretation, not memorization. Late paper policy:
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course BBC 203 taught by Professor Vanwyngarden,annalise during the Spring '11 term at San Jose State University .

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