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Philosophy 101
Introduction to Philosophy
Winter 2014
Daily 9:30 – 10:20 AM
Text: Classic Philosophical Questions, ed. Mulvaney (required)
Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder (suggested)
Philosophy is a reasonable discussion about the meaning of life.
This course is an introduction to some of the great philosophers and their philosophical
questions. The learning goal of the course is a demonstrated written understanding of the
diverse philosophical views of classic western philosophers in regard to God, morality,
government, and human nature.
How this course works
Each class session focuses either on a lecture or class discussion. The lectures are
introductions to the philosophers the class is currently reading in the textbook. The class
discussions are centered on assigned reading study questions. All reading assignments in
the course are from primary sources in the textbook. The reading is very challenging;
you will need to read, and reread in order to complete the study question assignments.
Give yourself ample time to complete the reading and study questions, which are due
about three times each week. It is in your best interest to attend class prepared and
having read the assigned text.
Civility in this class is not optional, but required. As this is a college level course, we
will be discussing controversial topics about which you may have strong opinions. A
tolerant classroom, where opinions are respected and shared, is critical.
Canvas is used for grading purposes and to communicate about assignments, due dates,
material, etc., but it is not to be used as a venue to email assignments that should have
been handed in during class.
Assignments and Exams
The study question responses are an integral part of the course and constitute the largest
portion of your grade. Each study question can be adequately answered in one or two
short paragraphs. There are 26 study question assignments in the course, and each
assignment usually has two or three questions each. You may drop three assignments,
but LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. If you do not respond to every
question on a study question assignment, you will obviously earn a lower grade than if
you respond to all of them. Occasional extra credit opportunities will be offered.
Study questions on the assigned reading are worth 60% of your final grade. Study
questions will vary in length. An A quality, full-credit assignment is a double-spaced,
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typed document. It is a complete, coherent response that thoroughly addresses the study
question and includes a quote and citation from the text. Hand written responses will be
accepted, but corrected with a reduction in points. Questions completed as a class during
the lecture time-period obviously cannot be typed and will not be deducted as such, but
late study question responses will not be accepted.
The mid-term and final examinations require you to respond to questions similar to those
you have already written about in your study question response assignments. In addition,
the exams will have objective questions (true-false, multiple choice, identify, and so on).
Exams are graded on accuracy, detail, and quality of thought. The mid-term exam, which
takes up one regular class session, counts 15% of your final grade. The final exam,
which is comprehensive and lasts two hours during the final exam period, counts as 15%
of your final grade.
Participation consists of 10% of your grade. Consequently, texting, Facebooking,
Instagramming, etc., during class will result in a substantial grade reduction.
Important things to remember
Attend every class session. If you are planning to miss this class frequently,
you should drop it early and get your money back from the business office.
On-line classes are available if your schedule doesn’t allow for every day
attendance. If you are ill during the quarter, it is your responsibility to contact
other students for lecture notes or other material you missed. Attendance is key
to your success in this class.
If you know that you will be absent on a particular day, arrange with the instructor
to turn in your work in a timely manner, before it is due. Do not just email the
assignment! Canvas is used for grading and communication. Please do not
assume you can submit class work via canvas messaging.
Late work will not be accepted but you have the opportunity to drop three
assignments without penalty.
Class sessions are work sessions. Arrive on time, be prepared to discuss the study
questions and take notes during the lectures.
Turn off cell phones and computers. You may not use a laptop, cell phone or
tablet during class unless given explicit permission to do so.
Avoid distracting behavior (this includes leaving the room once class has started,
whispering, eating, or making rude comments). The instructor may lower your
grade considerably for any distracting behavior on your part.
Turning in any work that is not your own will result in either failing or dropping
the entire course. This includes working on study questions together. We will
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discuss proper and appropriate referencing for study question responses. If you
work on study questions with another person, turn in your own unique work.
To request accommodations related to a disability, contact Claudia Angus, Ph.D.,
Coordinator of Disability Support Services, Room 133C located in the Student
Development Center or call 509 527 4262, or email [email protected]
The Course
Study Question Responses and Essay Assignments
(Subject to change at instructor’s discretion)
Week One
Introduction & Review of
Socrates, Plato, Aristotle:
Socrates and definition
Socrates and Plato
No Class
Monday 1/6/14
Tuesday 1/7/14
Wednesday 1/8/14
Thursday 1/9/14
Friday 1/10/14
Read first chapter; 1st
assignment assigned
p. 2: 3,4
(#1 due)
No Class
p. 2: 5, 6
(#2 due)
Week Two
Socrates and the
Unexamined Life
Plato (Allegory of the Cave
and the Ring of Gyges):
Plato’s relevance to
contemporary society
Week Three
Monday 1/13/14
Tuesday 1/14/14
Wednesday 1/15/14
Thursday 1/16/14
Friday 1/17/14
p. 13: 6, 7
(#3 due)
p. 13: 8, 9
(#4 due)
Read p. 111; p. 335; #5
media keep us from
examining our lives, or does
it encourage selfexamination?
(#5 due)
p. 335; p.111
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Aristotle and Virtue:
Eudaimonia and Entelechy
Monday 1/20/14
Tuesday 1/21/14
Epictetus and the Stoics
Wednesday 1/22/14
Thursday 1/23/14
St. Anselm and a priori
Friday 1/24/14
Week Four
St. Anselm
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas
No Class
In class writing response: A
contemporary example of
Plato’s Cave
(#6 due)
p. 534
In class writing question: p.
534: 1, 2
(#7 due)
Extra Credit Paper Option
(Boxing article, no social
Monday 1/27/14
Tuesday 1/28/14
Wednesday 1/29/14
Thursday 1/30/14
Friday 1/31/14
p. 38: 1,2,3
(#8 due)
Pascal, James
William James
Monday 2/3/14
Tuesday 2/4/14
p. 57: 4,5,6
Video clip
William James
William James
Wednesday 2/5/14
Thursday 2/6/14
Midterm Exam Review
Friday 2/7/14
p. 62: 1,2,3,4
(#12 due)
In class response to
questions, p. 63: 5,6,7
(#13 due)
Review of material
p. 44: 3
(#9 due)
Emotion, paradox, influence
p. 57: 1,2,3
(#10 due)
Extra Credit Paper Option
Week Five
(#11 due)
Week Six
Midterm Exam
René Descartes
René Descartes
René Descartes
René Descartes
Monday 2/10/14
Tuesday 2/11/14
Wednesday 2/12/14
Thursday 2/13/14
Friday 2/14/14
Midterm Exam
p. 242 Read only
Presidents’ Day
John Dewey
Monday 2/17/14
Tuesday 2/18/14
Wednesday 2/19/14
No Class
Come to class having read p.
373-381. In class writing
p. 373: 8
(#16 due)
Is life nasty, brutish and
short? Extra Credit Paper
p. 345: 1,2,3
p. 345: 4,5
(#14 due)
(#15 due)
Week Seven
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Thursday 2/20/14
Friday 2/21/14
p. 446: 1,2,3,5
p. 453: 1,2
(#17 due)
(#18 due)
Monday 2/24/14
Advising Day
Natural Rights Discussion
Tuesday 2/25/14
Wednesday 2/26/14
Thursday 2/27/14
Friday 2/28/14
In class writing question;
p. 454: 4,5,6
(#19 due)
No Class
Week Eight
TBA: In class writing
(#20 due)
Week Nine
Karl Marx
Advising Day
Monday 3/3/14
Tuesday 3/4/14
Wednesday 3/5/14
Thursday 3/6/14
Friday 3/7/14
p. 461: 1,2,3
(#21 due)
No Class
p. 461: 4,5,6
(#22 due)
In class writing question
p. 461: 7,8;
(#23 due)
Read p. 472: focus on 1-10
Manifesto activity (#24 due)
Week Ten
Mill: Utilitarianism
Mill: Free Speech
Monday 3/10/14
Tuesday 3/11/14
Mill: Religious Tolerance;
Subjection of Women
Final Review
Final Review
Wednesday 3/12/14
p. 423: 1,2,3
(#25 due)
In class writing question
p. 423: 4,5,6
(#26 due)
Tree analogy
Thursday 3/13/14
Friday 3/14/14
Final Review
Final Review
Monday 3/17/14
Tuesday 3/18/14
Wednesday 3/19/14
Final Review
Week Eleven: Finals
Final Review
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