Philosophy 1 FA11--M-W 8101 LAVC Syllabus

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Syllabus INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY—section 8101 The Life and Death of Socrates Los Angeles Valley College, fall 2011 Instructor Christopher Pallotti E-mail [email protected] Phone Web-site 818-947-2468 www.mediafire.com/filosofia Drop-in hours M 2:30-3:30 W 2:30-3:30 F12:15-1:15 Day/ Time Room: M/W 1:00-2:25 CC-205 Office CC-226 Teaching Approach and Philosophy of Education : I see myself as a facilitator of learning. My goal as a facilitator, is to present you—my student— with interesting themes and to expose you to new ideas and new approaches to old ideas. I see it as my duty to provide you with the venue and the opportunity to think, feel and to express yourself and for you to be exposed to the thoughts, feelings, and expressions of others. In that vein, I see education as a process whereby you will acquire a more intimate and usable knowledge of your own thoughts, feelings, beliefs, etc. helping you to become more articulate and confident with language. Ultimately you will become better equipped to succeed and to deal with life in a liberal democracy. Description: The course “Introduction to Philosophy” will be a literary tour of some of the classic works in the western tradition in philosophy that began in ancient Greece some 2, 400 years ago. In the course, we will read primary sources written by prominent thinkers such as Plato, Nietzsche, Aristotle, etc., all with the aim in mind of: 1.) trying to understand what it was that they were saying, and 2.) to see if and how what they were saying is relevant to our lives. We will ask—and try to answer— the questions that the great philosophers posed; the following are just a few: Does a person have to be religious to be a “good” person? What does it mean to be a “good” person anyway? What is a “good life”? What is the best approach to community/state organization? What is justice? Can the existence of God be proven? What do we really know? By reading and examining the ideas of the great philosophers, it will be shown how their concerns are still largely our concerns. Required Text: Abel, Donald C., Fifty Readings Plus: An Introduction to Philosophy , 2 nd Ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education) 2009. ISBN: 0073386723 Objectives: Students will: a.) be introduced to the basic principles and concepts of the discipline of philosophy. b.) demonstrate the ways in which philosophical concepts have evolved over time.
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