Course Schedule

Class Calendar

Module 1: “Habitual Modes of Citizenship”
Due January 22, 2019.

Assessments

  • Review syllabus and syllabus quiz
  • Personal Philosophy Statement
  • Reading Quiz 1

Readings

Lectures

  • Why Study Philosophy?
  • What Does Philosophy Mean?
  • How To Do Philosophy
  • How Is Philosophy Different from Science?
  • How Is Philosophy Different from Religion?

Module 2: “The Death of Socrates”
Due February 11, 2019.

Assessments

  • Reading Outline Assignment
  • Argument Outline Assignment
  • Reading Quiz 2

Assigned Readings

  • Read and discuss Plato, The Apology, 22–44.
  • Read and discuss Plato, Crito, 45–57.
  • Read and discuss Plato, Phaedo, 96–154.

Lectures

  • What Are the Main Branches of Philosophy?
  • What Is Philosophy’s Main Method?
  • Identifying and Evaluating Arguments
  • Two Categories of Arguments
  • Four Common Syllogisms

Module 3: “Reason and Judgment”
Due March 5, 2019.

Assessments

  • Why Does Socrates/Plato Maintain that Learning Is Recollection?
  • Midterm Exam

Assigned Reading

  • Read and discuss Hannah Arendt, Responsibility and Judgement, 227–256.

Lectures

  • Common Informal Fallacies
  • Defining Reason
  • Discussing “Auschwitz on Trial”

Module 4: “Classical Chinese Philosophies”
Due March 26, 2019.

Assessments

  • Reading Quiz 3

Assigned Readings

  • Read and discuss Ivanhoe & Van Norden, (Kongzi), The AnalectsSee D2L for assigned passages.
  • Read and discuss Ivanhoe & Van Norden (Mozi), “Impartial Caring,” and “A Condemnation of Aggressive War,” 63–73.
  • Read and discuss Ivanhoe & Van Norden (Mengzi), Books 1 & 2, 113–126.
  • Read and discuss Ivanhoe & Van Norden (Laozi), DaodejingSee D2L for assigned passages.
  • Read and discuss Ivanhoe & Van Norden (Zhuangzi), “On Equalizing Things,” 209–219.

Lectures

  • Two kinds of harmony
  • Kongzi’s “Golden Rule”
  • Ruist and Mohist interpretations of tianming 天命
  • Consequentialist ethics and fatalist ethics
  • Defining dao 道
  • Discussing paronomasia in Ruist and Daoist philosophies
  • Defining xin 心
  • Philosophical realism

Module 5: “Skillful Means”
Due April 16, 2019.

Assessments

  • First Revised Personal Philosophy Statement

Assigned Readings

  • Read and discuss Thich Nhat Hanh, “Heart of Understanding,” 1–30.
  • Read and discuss James Baldwin, “Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood,” 814–829.
  • Read and discuss Danielle S. Allen Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education: 140–159.

Lectures

  • Defining ziran 自然
  • The role of dao 道 for translating Buddhism for Chinese culture
  • Defining atman
  • The four goals in Upanishadic life
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • Defining karma
  • The Three Marks of Existence

Module 6: “Early Modern European Philosophy”
Due May 7, 2019.

Assessments

  • Reading Quiz 4
  • Final Revised Personal Philosophy Statement
  • Final Exam

Assigned readings

  • Read and discuss Descartes, Meditations 1 & 2.
  • Read and discuss Locke, “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.”
  • Read and discuss Berkeley, “Principles of Human Knowledge.”
  • Read and discuss Hume, “Concerning Human Understanding.”
  • Read and discuss Kant, “Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics.”

Lectures

  • Defining ontology
  • Extensional vs. intensional objects
  • Tabula rasa
  • A priori vs. a posteriori
  • Kant’s ethics

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