Reading (and Other) Assignments for Introduction to Philosophy

 

OK, here's the deal: I've ordered books for this class, but all of the readings are available online. If you feel comfortable reading your assignments on the web, copying them on to discs for later reading, printing out web pages, etc., feel free to do so. Keep in mind, though, that the online readings may not be the same translations as those in the texts assigned to the class and that finding quotations cited in class may require a bit of work. To do your readings online, click the links after each day's assignment.

January

18

Introduction

23

Introduction to philosophy and beginning of metaphysics

25 Plato's Meno (to 80d) Meno (80d is roughly where Meno says Socrates looks like a "torpedo fish")

30

Plato's Meno (80d-89b) (89b is where S. & M. think virtue can be taught.

February

1

Plato's Meno finished

 

6

Phaedo 66b-67b, 100b-e, 114c-115a 66b, 100b, 114c Republic Allegory of the Cave

8

Discussion of Aristotelian Metaphysics

  13 Discussion of Aristotelian Metaphysics Continued

15

Descartes' Meditation 1 Meditation 1

20 Meditation 2 & 3 Meditation 2 & Meditation 3
 

22

Meditation 4 & 5 Meditation 4 & Meditation 5

27

Meditation 6 Meditation 6

29

Philosophy of Religion: Proofs for God's Existence Aquinas & Anselm (Chapters 1-3)

March

5

Philosophy of Religion: Problem of Evil Dostoyevsky (Read the whole chapter - Book 5, Chapter 4)

7

Exam One

  19 Hume's Enquiry Sections 2 & 3 Hume 2 & Hume 3

21

Enquiry Sections 4, 5, & 7 Hume 4, Hume 5, & Hume 7

  26 Enquiry Section 10 Hume 10
  28 Enquiry Section 12 Hume 12

April

2 Discussion of responses to Hume: Kant and James

4

General approaches to ethical problems and background issues

  9 Aristotelian Ethics

11

Kantian Ethics
  16 Mill Utilitarianism Chapters 1 & 2 Chapter 1 & Chapter 2

18

Utilitarianism Chapters 3 & 4 Chapter 3 & Chapter 4

 

23

Utilitarianism Chapter Five Chapter 5

 

25

Sartre: No Exit, No Exit first half

30

No Exit, second half

May 2 Exam Two ********Paper and Journal due********
  7 Final grade meeting (optional)

Relevant Dates:

Spring Break: March 12-16

Final Withdrawal Date: April 23

 

 

Cy Twombly: "The Italians," 1961

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