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Introduction to Philosophic Inquiry

Spring 2010 Assignment Schedule

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Class Assignment Schedule Information: For the most recent version of our class schedule, be sure to refresh your browser and check this page. If an update is available, the version number stated above will be a higher number than Version 1.0. In the week column below, the dates are in the form of MM.DD-DD,where the month is separated from the days of the week by a period.

PN stands for lecture notes on “philosophynotebook.com”—i.e., this Website with the bright red φ icon in the corner.

RPI stands for “Reading for Philosophical Inquiry”—the online textbook for this course.

Important! All posts after Friday 12:00 noon count for the next week's post requirement. Thus, a “week” is defined as the period from Friday, 12:00 noon of one week to the next Friday, 12:00 noon.

Posts on the weekend are credited only to the next calendar Monday through Friday week.

Week Week's Reading Week's Projects
Wk. 1
 
01.11-15

*Read ReadMe1 on how to begin the course.

*Read PDF Syllabus, esp., the instructions for registration for the Philosophy Forum.

*Read RPI the introduction to Ch. 2 here: “Part I. Personal Uses of Philosophy”

*Register and Login to the Philosophy Forum as explained in the Syllabus.

*Fill out personal information on your Philosophy Forum Profile Page. See syllabus instructions.

*Study Notes on How to Study (six short pages summarizing college-study tips)

*Post a two or three sentence message on the Online Philosophy Discussion /Post (Spring 2010) Philosophy Forum Board indicating what you think philosophy might be about.

Wk. 2
 
01.15-22

*Read RPI Ch. 2 “The Nature of Learning”

*Read RPICh. 3 “The Nature of Philosophical Inquiry”

*Read PN “The Nature of Philosophy”

*Read PN “Divisions of Philosophy”

*Read PN “Characteristics of a Philosophical Problem”

*Read PN “The Principle of Charity”

*Post at least two reading comments or replies on Philosophy Forum

Wk. 3
 
01.22-29

*Read RPI Ch. 4 Plato “Just Do What's Right”

*Read RPI Ch. 5 Plato, “Seek Truth Rather Than Escape Death”

*Read PN Plato, “The Apology Part I”

*Read PN Plato, “The Apology Part II”

*Post at least two reading comments or replies on Philosophy Forum

Wk. 4
 
01.29-04

*Read RPI Ch. 6 Russell, “Enlargement of Self”

*Read RPI Ch. 7 Tolstoy, “Only Faith Can Give Truth”

*Read PN “Russell, Value of Philosophy”

*Read PN Tolstoy, “Only Faith Can Give Truth”

*Post at least two reading comments or replies on Philosophy Forum

Wk. 5
 
02.05-12

*Read RPI Ch. 8 Camus, “The Myth of Sisyphus”

*Read PN Camus, “Nobility of Soul”

*Test I: Philosophy of Life
Due Friday 02.12, 12 noon

Wk. 6
 
02.02-19

 

*Read RPI Part II “Philosophy of Religion” (Introduction)

*Read RPI Ch 10 Anselm, “The Ontological Argument”

*Read RPI Ch 11 Gaunilo, “An Answer to Anselm”

*Read PN Anselm, “Ontological Argument”

*Post at least two reading comments or replies on Philosophy Forum

Spring Break 03.01-03.05
Wk. 7
 
02.19-26

*Read RPI Ch 13 Aquinas, “From the Nature of the Universe”

*Read PN Aquinas, “The Five Ways Aristotelian Background”

*Read PNAquinas, “Argument From Motion”

*Read PN Aquinas, “Argument From Cause”

*Post at least two reading comments or replies on Philosophy Forum

Wk. 8
 
03.08-12
 

*Read PN Aquinas, “Argument From Necessity”

*Read PN Aquinas, “Argument From Gradation”

*Read PN Aquinas, “Argument From Design”

*Post at least two reading comments or replies on Philosophy Forum

Wk. 9
 

03.12-19

*Read RPI Ch. 14 Paley, “The Teleological Argument”

*Read RPI Ch. 16 Pascal, “The Wager

*Read PN. Paley, “Teleological Argument”

*Read PN Pascal, “Wager”

*Post at least two reading comments or replies on Philosophy Forum

Wk. 10
 
03.19-26

*Read RPI Ch. 17 Dostoevsky, “The Problem of Evil”

*Read PN Dostoevsky, “The Problem of Evil”

*Post at least two reading comments or replies on Philosophy Forum

*Test II: Philosophy of Religion due Friday 03.26, 12 noon

Wk. 11
 
03.28-02

*Read RPI Part III “Philosophical Ethics”

*Read RPI Ch.18 “Free Will and Determinism”

*Read RPI Ch. 21 Plato, “The Ring of Gyges”

*Read PN Plato, “The Myth of the Ring of Gyges”

*Read PN “Psychological Egoism

*Post at least two reading comments or replies on Philosophy Forum

Wk. 12
 
04.02-09

*Read RPI Mandeville, “"The Fable of the Bees”

*Read RPI Ch. 24 Nietzsche, “Slave and Master Morality

*Read PN Mandeville, “Human Beings are Always Selfish”

*Read PN “Ethical Relativism”

*Read PN Nietzsche, “Slave and Master Morality”

Wk. 13
 
04.09-16

*Read RPI Ch. 25 Sartre, “Man Makes Himself

*Read Readings José Ortega y Gasset, “Man, as Project” — trans. Samuel P. Moody

*Read PN Sartre, “Existential Ethics”

*Post at least two reading comments or replies on Philosophy Forum 

Wk. 14
 
04.16-23

*Read RPI Ch. 33 James, “What Makes a Life Significant?

*Post at least two reading comments or replies on Philosophy Forum

*Test III: Philosophical Ethics Due Friday, 04.23, 12 noon

 

Further Reading: Philosophy Dictionaries on the Web
  • Especially recommended for our introductory class are Runes, Dictionary of Philosophy and Kemerling, Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names, both described below.

  • Dictionary of Philosophy Dagobert D. Runes edited the essential terms from ancient, medieval, and modern philosophy in this 1942 dictionary. Andrew Chrucky provides the conversion to hypertext in this highly recommended resource.
  • Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind Key terms from the philosophy of mind are briefly defined and related to contemporary thought. The resource is edited by Chris Eliasmith.
  • Free Online Dictionary of Philosophy FOLDOP is edited by Luciano Floridi and Gian Paolo Terravecchia. This dictionary contains about 2500 entries, many contributed by qualified volunteers
  • The Ism Book Brief definitions of some philosophical terms ending in "ism" includes theories, doctrines and disciplines and is maintained by Peter Saint-Andre.
  • Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names A concise but extensive list of philosophical terms and philosophers with links to more extensive information available on the Web is maintained by Garth Kemerling. This source of terms is highly recommended for introductory students.
  • Wikipedia An online free encyclopedia for all subjects, but especially recommended here for an accessible introduction and survey of philosophical terms, topics, and philosophers.
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