PHIL 101: Great Western Philosophers

Syllabus for Fall 2014


3:30-4:45 TR    KRB 006




I will try to revise this syllabus as quickly as possible if need be so that it will be the accurate one if changes need to be made due to university closures, such as might happen during hurricanes.  Be sure to check your e-mail regularly for messages about the class.  This is especially important if we have weather issues.



Professor K. Rogers                                                            831-8480


Office:  24 Kent Way, Room 204.                  Hours for Fall 2014            MW 3-4:30 and by appointment



Text: Philosophy: History and Readings , Samuel Enoch Stumpf and James Fieser, eds. You can use either the 8th or the 9th Edition.


Page numbers preceded by 8: refer to the Eighth Edition.


Page numbers preceded by 9: refer to the newest, Ninth Edition.

(The Ninth Edition includes summaries and study questions which you are not required to read, but which you might find helpful.)



Rogers Notes: The notes from which I lecture are on my web page,  They are a sketchy outline of material presented in lectures and will by no stretch of the imagination substitute for good notes taken on your own.  However, they can be useful in organizing your notes and in making sure that you got everything in the right order. Sometimes we will have to skip some of the material in the notes, so be alert to differences between what=s covered in class and what=s in the notes. 


Do the readings before class.  Note that the book is divided into a primary section about the philosophers under discussion, and a secondary section of material by the philosophers.  The page numbers start over at the beginning of the second section.


Requirements: Four multiple choice tests, one after each section, to be weighted equally in figuring final grade.  93-100=A, 90-92=A-, 87-89=B+, 83-86=B, 80-82=B-, 77-79=C+, 73-76=C, 70-72=C-, 67-69=D+, 63-66=D, 55-62=D-, below 55 = F. Each test will have 30 questions. I cannot alter the score you receive on the test, even if it is the result of clerical errors on your part. To see what an exam cover sheet with instructions looks like, and to see a few sample test questions, go to the end of the notes for 101, Section I, Ancient on my web page.


Extra Credit: Up to 6 points to be added to your final grade for the course.  Over the course of the semester I will ask a number of clicker quizzes/questions (probably about 30). These will often (but not always) be at the very beginning of class and will often (but not always) be on the assigned reading.   For every 5 you get right you will receive 1 point extra credit.  A significant extra credit opportunity! YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE A CLICKER AND TO REGISTER IT ON THE SAKAI PAGE FOR THIS COURSE.






26        Introduction


28        The Pre-Socratics: 8: pp.3-19, 11-15 (from Fragments); 9: pp.3-19, 5-9.




2          The Pre-Socratics continued: 8: pp.19-25, 15-16 (from Fragments); 9: pp.19-23, 9-10.


4          The Sophists and Socrates: 8: pp.26-40, pp.16-17 (from Fragments), pp. 32-37 (from Apology, just the beginning.); 9: pp.28-42, 10-11, 26-31.         


9          Plato: 8:pp. 41-67, pp. 60-66 (from the Republic); 9: pp.45-72, 54-60.


11        Plato continued


16        Aristotle: 8: pp.68-89 (You can skip the part on art.), pp.70-75 (from Physics, Metaphysics, and On the Soul); 9: pp.74-95, 64-69.


18        Aristotle continued:8: pp. 75-89 (from Nichomachean Ethics and Politics); 9: pp.69-83.


23        TEST #1 (Tests include questions on all the material we have covered up to the test.)       






25        Introduction to God (no readings)


30        St. Augustine: 8: pp.114 – 129; 9:  pp.124-140.        




2          Augustine continued,:8: pp. 117-119 (from Of the Morals of the Catholic Church.); 9:pp. 111-113.


7          Brief note on Islamic and Jewish thought:8: pp.143-148; 9: pp.155-161: St. Thomas Aquinas: 8: pp. 149-168, Proving God  pp.124-127 (from Summa Theologica. Note that AObjections@ are the views with which Aquinas disagrees!); 9: pp.163-182, 118-123.


9          No class. I have to be out of town.


14        Aquinas, Ethics and Law: 8: pp.129-133 (from Summa Theologica); 9: pp.123-127.            


16        Aquinas continued.


21        TEST #2        





23        Descartes: 8: pp.204-215, pp.150-163 (from Meditations and The Passions of the Soul); 9: pp.222-233, 153-166.



28        Locke's epistemology: 8: pp.229-236, 167-173 (from Essay concerning Human Understanding); 9: pp.249-256, 195-201 and Berkeley: 8: pp.239-244, 174 -183(from Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous); 9: pp.259-264, 202-211.



30      Hobbes and Locke on government: 8: pp.199-203, 236-239; 9: pp. 215-219, 256-259.






4          No class. Election Day.


6          Hume: 8: pp.244-253, pp.183-196 (from Treatise of Human Nature); 9: pp.264-273, 211-224.


11        Hume continued: 8:  pp. 210-217 (from Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion); 9:pp. 238-243. 


13        Test #3






18        Kant: 8: pp.271-284 (With a nod to Fichte); 9: pp.295-306.


20        Kant:8: pp.284-290 (skip the part on art), pp.252-258 (from Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals     ); 9: pp. 308-314, 280-286.


25        Mill: 8: pp.327-333, 281-291 (from On Liberty and Utilitarianism); 9: pp.355-361, 309-319.











2          Marx: 8: pp.346-360, pp.291-298(from "The Communist Manifesto") (With a little introduction to Hegel); 9:pp.377-390, 319-326.



Test #4 during exam period. This test covers only section IV.  It is not cumulative.