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Introduction to Philosophy: Morals and Politics De Anza College Winter Quarter, 2011 Instructor: Toño Ramirez Email: Office Hours: M/T/W/Th 9-10 AM, or by appointment Office Location: Forum Building, room 2D Course Description This course introduces students to the methods and practices of philosophy through a rigorous investigation of central topics pertaining to traditional themes in epistemology and metaphysics. Students will engage key readings and ideas from the history of philosophy, and will find that the themes encountered bear heavily on current issues, events and popular culture. The course will focus on three primary topics: The nature and scope of knowledge, understandings of reality, and the nature of personhood. Our discussions will culminate in an investigation of the relevance of these topics to the possibility of a meaningful life. Student Learning Outcomes Students who successfully engage with the course and its content will be able to: Identify and analyze the philosophical problems pertaining to social and political philosophy Analyze and assess solutions to these problems from a variety of philosophical traditions Articulate and defend an original position on at least one issue in social and political philosophy Identify applications of philosophical tools to real-world actions and decisions Course Expectations and Requirements Students who are considering dropping the course for personal reasons are encouraged to meet with me first—I’m happy to do what I can to help you succeed in this class! To this end, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of office hours. Students may miss a total of four class meetings without penalty during the term. A fifth absence will result in the loss of the “attendance buffer” (explained below) when final grades are calculated. A seventh absence will result in dismissal from the course. Students are not required to provide the instructor with a reason for absence, nor are apologies necessary. I assume that absences will only occur under legitimate circumstances. Students who miss a class meeting are responsible for obtaining any information or assignments they may have missed. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class on a daily basis. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his/her name has been recorded accurately on daily attendance sheets. Students are expected to come to class on time . Three late arrivals will be considered equivalent to one absence on the attendance record. Reading assignments are required in this course. I understand that some of the reading will be challenging, and that it may not be fully understood without subsequent in-class explanation. Nevertheless, I expect that students will read the texts assigned.
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2012 for the course PHIL 02 taught by Professor Toñoramirez during the Winter '11 term at DeAnza College.

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