An Introduction to Philosophy Dr. Elizabeth Shadish Online section 4884 Orientation Session Roster/Adding and Dropping • If space permits, I will add at the end of the session today. Review of Basic Course Information Comments/Questions about Course Content Demonstration of Class Website Features While the Roster is Called… Your Orientation Quiz will cover the course policies, syllabus and today’s orientation information. As an online class, it is essential that you stay in contact with both myself and your classmates. • Plan to “check in” frequently and regularly. • Talk to each other! Using the Syllabus Assignments and Grading Orientation Quiz – from course policies, orientation session, syllabus and course description; in the Quizzes and Tests area of our course Introductions – in the Discussion area of the course Tests – MC/TF/Short Answer tests in the Quizzes and Tests area of our course Service Learning Assignment 6 hour community service commitment Discussions and a paper Connection of philosophical concepts to your service experience Course Policies Course Content The love of (philo) wisdom (sophia) “Philosophy begins in wonder” - Aristotle If we’re free, why do we do what we don’t want to do? If we all have our own values, why does every society agree that wanton murder is wrong? Some Useful Philosophical Attitudes Open-mindedness Critical thinking A willingness to question … Methods of Philosophy Issues of meaning Definitions, clarification, understanding Issues of truth Support, evidence, application of principles Issues of logic Assumptions, implications Your Resources You will have plenty of help – but you must use it! • Basic course material, of course! • Each other • Professor Accessibility [email protected] SOCS 213B – TTh, 8:30 – 9:30 am and T, 3:25 – 4:25 pm on campus; W and Th, 4 – 5 pm online (chat and email) Text Website http://www.thomsonedu.com/ Online Registration Those who have registered prior to the start of the semester are already “registered” to Blackboard. Those who are adding the course tonight or after will be registered to both this course and the course website within days of adding the course. Online Registration http://blackboard.cvc.edu • Guidance-rich entry to the course http://cvc.blackboard.com • Simplified entry to the course Let’s go! See you in class.