Philosophy 1501-30 (CRN: 5551) Introduction to Philosophy 3.0 semester units


Philosophy 1501-30 (CRN: 5551)

Introduction to Philosophy

3.0 semester units

Fall 2009 Distance Learning Off-line

Dr. John Eigenauer

Course Syllabus

Please read the following before starting the class.

General Information

All of your assignments will be based upon the book Doubt: A History by Jennifer Michael

Hecht. Plan to spend approximately 9 hours a week on the course.

Catalog Description

Catalog Description: A theoretical and practical treatment of the types and problems of philosophy is studied with particular concerns for issues confronting the modern age.

Included are studies relating to the value systems found in the intellectual, religious, ethical and political areas of man’s development. Emphasis is placed throughout the course on the art and science of logic.

Advisory: Eligibility for English 50 & 54 strongly recommended.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful course completion, the student will be able to:





think critically about the role of objective thought in personal decisions, social life, and culture. respond effectively to questions with which philosophy deals. evaluate objectively the results of critical inquiry. demonstrate understanding of the relationships among various philosophical traditions.

Instructor Contact Information/Office Hours

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone/Voice mail: (661) 763-7722

On-campus office: GYM

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM and Tuesdays 1:00

PM until 3:00 PM.

Textbook and Course Materials


: Doubt: A History by Jennifer Michael Hecht. The text is available in the college bookstore and on-line from a number of sources.

You will need to purchase the text.

Grading Policy

Your grade in this class is based upon the following assessments:


: Seven assignments of approximately 90-100 points each. (Point totals vary slightly, based upon the number of questions per assignment). Please provide an email address so that I can send you all the assignments at the start of the semester. You may also request them by mail.

If you do not have access to Taft College instructional aides and you would like your projects returned to you, please include a self addressed stamped envelope with each submission. Alternately, I can comment generally and provide grades via email.

Final Exam

: One final paper worth 100 points.

No points are available for extra credit activities. Your course grade will be determined by the percentage of the points you earn divided by the total number of points possible.

All activities must be submitted by 11:30 PM Pacific Time of the due date listed on the calendar.

I will accept late assignments submitted within one week of the original due date. There will be a 20% point reduction assessed for missing the original due date. I will not accept activities submitted more than one week past the original due date. Assignments more than one week late receive zero points.

All activities must be completed and submitted by 11:30 PM (Pacific Time) December 10, 2009


Grading Scale











Incomplete Policy

I will assign a grade of Incomplete (“I”) ONLY when extenuating circumstances beyond your control prevent you from completing the course AND you have made satisfactory progress prior to the event. Extenuating circumstances include illness, accidents, death in the family, etc. Please contact me if any of these circumstances apply.

Attendance Policy

It is


responsibility to drop the class. Failure to do so may result in a failing grade.

Consult the class calendar for drop deadlines.

Academic Honesty

You are expected to submit your own work in this class. It is NEVER acceptable to submit another student’s work as your own or permit another student to submit your work as his / her own. Nor is it acceptable to copy any material from any source (whether printed, written, or electronic) and use that within your work without providing exact and proper citation. In simplest terms: if you use three words or more from any source, make sure that you put quotes around those words and include a citation. DO NOT copy ANYTHING from the Internet and paste it into your answers. This is PLAGIARISM and will result in failure in the course.

Furthermore, do not summarize someone else’s work without a citation.

Instances of academic dishonesty will result in

failure in the course

for ALL parties involved.

Flagrant acts of academic dishonesty will be referred to the Vice President of Instruction and/or the Vice President of Student Services for resolution and possible disciplinary action.

In simple terms: if you cheat and get caught, you will fail the course and run the risk of being permanently expelled from Taft College with a notation on your permanent record.

Course Procedures

Your work depends almost entirely on your reading and understanding of the text, Doubt: A

History. You will have two weeks to complete each reading assignment. You will receive a list of questions to answer for every unit (seven units total).

Answer all questions for the reading assignments to the best of your ability. Number each answer to correspond to each question. Include the original question before each answer.

Answers to questions must be submitted in typed or clearly printed format. Include at the top of each page your name, the assignment number, and contact information (such as email). Submit your work each week via email, mail, delivery to the Learning Resource

Center, or other means available through Taft College instructional assistants.

Course Calendar

Unit 1: Greek Doubt

Reading assignment:

chapter 1


Greek Doubt

, pages 1-44.

Due Monday September 7, 2009

Unit 2: Roman Doubt

Reading assignment:

chapter 4


Empire of Reason

, pages 125-168.

Due Monday September, 21, 2009

Unit 3: Christian Doubt

Reading assignment:

chapter 5


Late Classical Mix

, pages 169-215.

Due Monday October 5, 2009

Unit 4: Medieval Doubt

Reading assignment:

chapter 6


Muslims to Jews to Christians

, pages 216-263.

Due Monday October 19, 2009

Unit 5: Renaissance Doubt

Reading assignment:

chapter 7


Renaissance and Inquisition

, pages 264-314.

Due Monday November 2, 2009

Unit 6: Enlightenment Doubt

Reading assignment:

chapter 8


Revolutions in the Authority of Reason

, pages 315-


Due Monday November 16, 2009

Unit 7: Doubt in the Age of Science

Reading assignment:

chapter 9


Freethinking in the Age of Science and Reform

, pages 371-427.

Due Monday November 30, 2009

Final Exam

Due Monday December 14, 2009