PHIL 101-010: Great Western Philosophers

Syllabus for Spring 2014


3:30-4:45 TR    Gore 205




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Professor K. Rogers                                                            831-8480


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



Text: Philosophy: History and Readings Eighth Edition, Samuel Enoch Stumpf and James Fieser, eds.


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 5 points to be added to the score for your final grade calculated above.  Over thecourse of the semester I will ask 30 clicker quizzes/questions, mainly on the assigned reading. Each will be worth .2. If you get 25 correct, that will add 5 points to your overall grade for the semester. A significant extra credit opportunity! 5 will be the most points you can get, but if you get fewer than 25 correct I will count .2 for each correct answer so you will still get some extra credit. YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE A CLICKER AND TO REGISTER IT ON THE SAKAI PAGE FOR THIS COURSE. (Note that I may revise this plan depending on how the clicker system goes. For example, I may decide to include more questions and allow you to drop a certain number of incorrect answers. My goal is to provide an opportunity for 5 extra points to encourage your presence in class and your doing the reading. If I find the clicker system burdensome, I may have to scrap the plan.)






11        Introduction


13        The Pre-Socratics, pp.3-19, 11-15 (from Fragments)


18        The Pre-Socratics continued pp.19-25, 15-16 (from Fragments)


20        The Sophists and Socrates pp.26-40, pp.16-17 (from Fragments), pp. 32-37 (from Apology, just the beginning.)                 


25        Plato, pp. 41-67, pp. 60-66 (from the Republic).


27        Plato continued




4         Aristotle, pp.68-89 (You can skip the part on art.), pp.70-75 (from Physics, Metaphysics, and On the Soul)


6          Aristotle continued, pp. 75-89 (from Nichomachean Ethics and Politics).


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






13        Introduction to God (no readings)


18        St. Augustine, pp.114 - 129   


20        Augustine continued, pp. 117-119 (from Of the Morals of the Catholic Church.)


25        Brief note on Islamic and Jewish thought pp.143-148; St. Thomas Aquinas, pp. 149-168, pp.124-127 (from Summa Theologica. Note that AObjections@ are the views with which Aquinas disagrees!).


27     Aquinas continued, pp.129-133 (from Summa Theologica).      






8       Aquinas continued.


10     TEST #2           





15        Descartes, pp.204-215, pp.150-163 (from Meditations and The Passions of the Soul).         



17        Locke's epistemology, pp.229-236, 167-173 (from Essay concerning Human Understanding) and Berkeley, pp.239-244, 174 -183(from Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous)



22      Hobbes and Locke on government, pp.199-203, 236-239


24        Hume, pp.244-253, pp.183-196 (from Treatise of Human Nature)


 29       Hume continued,  pp. 210-217 (from Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion)      




1          Test #3






6          Kant, pp.271-284


8          Kant, pp.284-290 (skip the part on art), pp.252-258 (from Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals            )


13        Mill, pp.327-333, 281-291 (from On Liberty and Utilitarianism)  and Marx, pp.346-360, pp.291-298(from "The Communist Manifesto").


15        Analytic Philosophy (Logical Positivism and The Verification Principle), pp.398-399, 402-409



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