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Areas of Study | | PHIL101 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Introduction to Philosophy
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): H4 900

A critical examination of problems of Western philosophy: freedom of will, morality, relation between mental and bodily states, etc. Readings on important philosophers.
Place into ENGL101.

* To reflect on and recognize the various strands of thought of the great thinkers in your prevailing cultural climate
* To improve your ability to apply critical thinking to the philosophical positions you find in your culture
* To improve your ability to express and evaluate written and oral argumentation
* To think through the problems of "truth", "meaning", and "purpose" by applying the views of the great thinkers to your own current life situation

Week One: Lecture One: "What is Philosophy?"; explanations and examples of key logical concepts
Week Two: Reality Checklist Project I
Week Three: Lecture Two: "The Beginning of Philosophy: The 'Pre-Socratics";
Week Four: Lecture Three: "Socrates." An introduction to the life of Socrates and his cultural
and historical background; an explanation of the Euthyphro.
Week Five: Lecture Four: "Socrates." An explanation of the Apology; the "death
scene" from the Phaedo.
Week Six: Lecture Five: "Plato: The Theory of the 'Forms," An explanation of the
Meno and excerpts from the Phaedo; an explanation of Plato's "divided line" and "cave"
analogies from Books VI and VII of the Republic;
Week Seven: Lecture Six: "Proofs for the Existence of God." Excerpts and explanations
of St. Anselm, St. Thomas and William Paley.
Week Nine: Lecture Seven. "The Modern Period: Rene Descartes." Part One.
Historical and cultural introduction. An explanation of Descartes' Meditations One and Two;
Week Ten: Lecture Eight: "The Modern Period: Rene Descartes." Part Two. An explanation
of Descartes' Meditations Three, Four, Five, and Six.
Week Eleven: Lecture Nine: "Jean Baudrillard." Part One. An introduction to "postmodernism." An
explanation of Baudrillard's "The Precession of Simulacra" from Simulacra and Simulation.
Week Twelve: Lecture Ten: "Jean Baudrillard." Part Two. An explanation of excerpts
from Simulacra and Simulation.
Week Thirteen: Lecture Eleven. "Soren Kierkegaard." Historical and cultural introduction.
An introduction to "existentialism." Explanations of excerpts from Philosophical Fragments,
The Present Age, and The Sickness Unto Death.
Week Fifteen: Lecture Twelve: "Jean-Paul Sartre." Historical and cultural introduction.
Explanation of "Existentialism is a Humanism" and excerpt from No Exit.

There is a reading packet to be purchased at the DACC bookstore.

Students will be evaluated as follows:

1. Four essay tests, including the Midterm Examination and the Final Examination (each test is
worth 20 percent of your total grade).

2. One type-written paper of at least five to six pages each (10 percent). The paper topic will be on
a film that ties in to our readings.

3. A weekly written log (10 percent).

4. Extra credit will take the form of:

An additional paper of at least four typed pages, on a topic to be approved by me at least
three weeks before the last day of class.

5. All grading is on the plus and minus system (A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc.)

Spring 2012

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