PHIL 2010 Sec. 01
Dr. Janet Donohoe
1. Learning Outcomes: The aim of this course is to examine the major questions that have driven philosophers throughout history. We will address these questions through reading, writing about, and discussing primary philosophical texts. By the end of the semester students will be able to:
2. Requirements: To achieve the above goals will require a new way of reading and thinking. We will not just read the texts, but we will question and challenge the texts thereby questioning and challenging our own beliefs and thought processes. The requirements for the class are fourfold.
a) attendance and class participation 10%
b) Quizzes over assigned reading 30%
c) Midterm exam 30%
d) in-class final exam 30%
In order to meet these requirements it will be necessary to attend class regularly and to do the assigned reading. It will be evident if you have not done the reading and this will not be beneficial to your success in this class. Quizzes absolutely cannot be made up regardless of the reason for missing a quiz. One quiz will be dropped in determining the overall quiz grade.
Laptop computers may not be used in the classroom unless requested by student development. Cell phones must be turned off in the classroom.
3. Availability: I am available outside of class during office hours, or by appointment. If there are questions or problems do not hesitate to see me.
Hours: MWF 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., MW 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.
Office: TLC 2230
4. Book List: The books listed below should be available in the book store.
Plato The Trial and Death of Socrates
Plato The Republic
Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics
Boethius On the Consolation of Philosophy
Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy
Nietzsche On the Genealogy of Morals
Camus The Fall
8/20 Introduction to philosophy in general: What is philosophy?
8/22 Introduction distinction between philosophy and sophistry
8/24 Plato Apology in The Trial and Death of Socrates (1st reading quiz)
8/29 Plato The Republic Book VI (2nd reading quiz)
8/31 The Republic Book VI
9/3 Labor Day—No Classes
9/5 The Republic Book VII
9/7 Republic Book VII
9/10 Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics Book I
9/12 Nicomachean Ethics Book I
9/14 Nicomachean Ethics Book II
9/17 Nicomachean Ethics Book II
9/19 Boethius Consolation of Philosophy Ch. 1 (3rd reading quiz)
9/21 Consolation Ch. 1 & 2
9/24 Consolation Ch. 2& 3
9/26 Consolation Ch. 3 & 4
9/28 Consolation Ch. 4 & 5
10/1 Consolation Conclusion
10/3 MIDTERM EXAM
10/5 Descartes Meditations I (4th reading quiz)
10/8 Meditations II
10/10 Meditations II
10/12 Meditations III (Last day to withdraw with grade of W)
10/15 Meditations III
10/17 Meditations III
10/19 Nietzsche On the Genealogy of Morals Essay 1 (5th reading quiz)
10/22 Genealogy of Morals Essay 1
10/24 Genealogy of Morals Essay 1
10/26 Genealogy of Morals Essay 2
10/29 Genealogy of Morals Essay 2
10/31 Genealogy of Morals Essay 2
11/2 Dr. D. away at a conference. Class cancelled.
11/5 Camus The Fall Chapters 1-2 (6th reading quiz)
11/7 The Fall Chapters 1-2
11/9 The Fall Chapters 3-4
11/12 The Fall Chapters 3-4
11/14 The Fall Chapters 4-5
11/16 The Fall Chapters 4-5
11/19-11/24 Thanksgiving Break
11/26 The Fall Conclusion
11/28 Concluding discussion of course themes
11/30 Concluding discussion/review session
Final exam is Wednesday, December 5, 2012 8:00 a.m.