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Phl 231 - Introduction to Philosophy
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Philosophy 231 Introduction to Philosophy Instructor Chris DeMarco Office McDivitt Hall Room 211A Office Hours 8 30 am 9 30 am Monday thru Thursday 11 00 am 1 30 pm Tuesday and Thursday and by appointment Telephone and Fax Numbers 796 8583 office 784 0354 home 796 8637 fax E mail demarcoc yahoo com Text Louis P Pojman ed Philosophy The Quest for Truth 7th ed General Summary Over the course of the semester we will be examining a variety of philosophical questions You will be graded on the basis of your familiarity with the positions taken on these questions and the arguments supporting those positions and on your ability to critically examine those arguments Grading Exams We will have three exams each containing a variety of short answer and mini essay questions around a page each You will be given the essay questions prior to each exam The exams make up 80 of your grade Quizzes You will be given short quizzes throughout the semester usually over topics that will be announced in advance These will be graded on a pass fail basis and will make up 20 of your grade Quizzes can not be made up but you can drop one fifth of your quiz scores Grading scale 90 4 0 58 2 0 82 3 5 50 1 5 74 3 0 42 1 0 66 2 5 34 0 5 Attendance Policy You are expected to attend class regularly Quizzes will be given frequently throughout the semester and they cannot be made up Tests will be held at the dates shown below and cannot be made up except in extreme circumstances Test Dates Test I Thursday February 10 Test II Thursday March 24 Test III Thursday April 28 TENTATIVE READING LIST ETHICS Socrates as a role model Plato Socratic Wisdom pp 6 18 Are There Absolute Moral Standards Ruth Benedict Morality Is Relative pp 446 451 James Rachels Morality Is Not Relative pp 451 460 Ethical Theories Immanuel Kant The Moral Law pp 495 508 John Stuart Mill Utilitarianism pp 508 514 Jean Paul Sartre Existentialist Ethics pp 515 521 KNOWLEDGE Can We Know Anything Ren Descartes Cartesian Doubt and the Search for Foundational Knowledge pp 183 189 Is Science Rational David Hume The Origin of Our Ideas and Skepticism about Causal Reasoning pp 210 219 Can We Avoid Skepticism John Hospers An Argument Against Skepticism pp 219 227 FREE WILL AND DETERMINISM Do We Have Free Will W T Stace Compatibilism pp 411 416 Richard Taylor Fate pp 430 439 PERSONAL IDENTITY What if Anything Makes You the Same Person over Time Louis Pojman Who Am I Do We Have Personal Identity pp 334 338 John Locke Our Psychological Properties Define the Self pp 339 342 David Hume We Have No Substantial Self with Which We Are Identical pp 343 345 Derek Parfit and Godfrey Vesey Brain Transplants and Personal Identity A Dialogue pp 346 351 Gilbert Ryle Exorcising Descartes Ghost in the Machine pp 272 278 WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE We Should Seek Pleasure Epicurus Moderate Hedonism pp 571 576 We Should Accept What Life Brings Epictetus Stoicism pp 577 586 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION The Cosmological Argument Thomas Aquinas The Five Ways pp 52 55 Paul Edwards A Critique of the Cosmological Argument pp 74 83 The Teleological Argument William Paley The Watch and the Watchmaker pp 85 87 David Hume A Critique of the Teleological Argument pp 88 95 The Ontological Argument St Anselm and Gaunilo The Ontological Argument pp 96 99 William Rowe An Analysis of the Ontological Argument pp 99 110 The Problem of Evil B C Johnson Why Doesn t God Intervene to Prevent Evil pp 116 121 John Hick There is a Reason Why God Allows Evil pp 121 126 Faith and Reason Blaise Pascal Yes Faith is a Logical Bet pp 127 130 W K Clifford The Ethics of Belief pp 130 135 William James The Will to Believe pp 135 144


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