PHIL 101: Great Western Philosophers
Syllabus for Fall 2013
This is the syllabus for the IN CLASS version of PHIL 101. If you are taking the course online, go back to the Online Syllabus
3:35-4:50 MW KRB 006
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
This syllabus on my web page 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.
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, http://www.udel.edu/rogers. 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.
I. ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
4 The Pre-Socratics, pp.3-19, 11-15 (from Fragments)
9 The Pre-Socratics continued pp.19-25, 15-16 (from Fragments)
11 The Sophists and Socrates pp.26-40, pp.16-17 (from Fragments), pp. 32-37 (from Apology)
16 Plato, pp. 41-67, pp. 60-69 (from the Republic).
18 Plato continued
23 Aristotle, pp.68-89 (You can skip the part on art.), pp.70-75 (from Physics, Metaphysics, and On the Soul)
25 Aristotle continued, pp 75-89 (from Nichomachean Ethics and Politics).
30 TEST #1 (Tests include questions on all the material we have covered up to the test.)
II. MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
2 Introduction to God (no readings)
7 St. Augustine, pp.114 - 129
9 No class. I have to be out of town.
14 Augustine continued, pp. 114-119 (from On the Trinity, etc.)
16 St. Thomas Aquinas, pp. 149-168, pp.124-127 (from Summa Theologica. Note that AObjections@ are the views with which Aquinas disagrees!).
21 Aquinas continued, pp.129-133 (from Summa Theologica).
23 TEST #2
III. MODERN PHILOSOPHY, PART I
28 Descartes, pp.204-215, pp.150-163 (from Meditations and The Passions of the Soul).
30 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).
4 Hobbes and Locke on government, pp.199-203, 236-239
6 Hume, pp.244-253, pp.183-196 (from Treatise of Human Nature)
11 Hume continued, pp. 210-217 (from Dialogues conerening Natural Religion)
13 Test #3
IV. MODERN AND BEYOND
18 Kant, pp.271-284
20 Kant, pp.284-290 (skip the part on art), pp.252-258 (from Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals )
25 Mill, pp.327-333, 281-291 (from On Liberty and Utilitarianism)
2 Marx, pp.346-360, pp.291-298(from "The Communist Manifesto").
4 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.