PHIL 101: Great Western Philosophers

Syllabus for Spring 2015


3:30-4:45 TR    KRB 206




The syllabus can also be found online at  If changes need to be made to the syllabus due to university closures, such as might happen during blizzards, I will try to update this version, and the syllabus posted on Sakai, as quickly as possible.  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,   Office Hours:  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. (This edition includes summaries and study questions which are not required  reading, but which you might find helpful.)


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.


The PowerPoints for each class will be posted on the Sakai page under “Resources” shortly after each class.  You can also find a sketchy version of the notes from which I lecture on my web page Some students like to take notes over these, but be careful, as some material found in these notes may be skipped or somewhat altered from semester to semester.  If you have questions, feel free to ask.



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.






10        Introduction


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


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


19        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.         


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








3          Plato continued


10          TEST #1


12       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.


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








            19        Introduction to God (no readings)


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



            26        Augustine continued,:8: pp. 117-119 (from Of the Morals of the Catholic Church.); 9:pp. 111-113. [Note that the date for Test #2 has been changed to 4/9]





              SPRING BREAK





            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          TEST #2 [Note that the date for Test #2 has been changed .]



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







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



            21        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.



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




28        TEST #3




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





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




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



12        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.



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



Test #4 during exam period.  This covers only the material we have done since Test #3.  It is not cumulative. Note that there is material covered in my notes online  -- Marx, for example – that we have not had time to cover this semester. Test #4 will cover only what we have looked at in class. If in doubt, go over the syllabus or review the PowerPoint.