An Introduction to Philosophy

An Introduction to
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
Demonstration of Class Website
While the Roster is Called…
Your Orientation Quiz will cover the course
policies, syllabus and today’s orientation
As an online class, it is essential that you
stay in contact with both myself and your
• Plan to “check in” frequently and
• 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
Service Learning Assignment
6 hour community service
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
Critical thinking
A willingness to question …
Methods of Philosophy
Issues of meaning
Definitions, clarification, understanding
Issues of truth
Support, evidence, application of
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
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
Online Registration
• Guidance-rich entry to the course
• Simplified entry to the course
Let’s go! See you in class.