PHILOSOPHY LIST OF ASSIGNMENTSSPRING 2013
Unit 1 What is Philosophy?
- Course Guide
- Definition of Philosophy—write up
- What Is Your Philosophy? Exercise
- Bertrand Russell—What is the value of Philosophy? Reading and Questions
- Philosophical Health Check test + reflective write up
- What’s Possible? Exercise (logical vs. causal possibility)
- Allegory of the Cave-Reading and Questions
- How is Philosophy Organized? Exercise
- Socrates video: What is the Socratic Method? What does this say about the nature of being a philosopher?
- Kant—What is Philosophy?
- Empirical and Logical Necessity—exercise
- Notes—Allegory Presentations
Allegory of the Cave Project
Individual paper/write up
Unit 2 What is Virtue?
Book Reading Activities:
Papineau—see attachment, 13-15, and 158-159
- How important (1-10 scale) are the following in shaping your moral choices? (self interest, religious faith, society’s laws, virtue ethics, duty or obligation, the greater good, peers, family
- Are the following by definition moral, or are they value neutral? Honesty, compassion, beauty, intelligence, loyalty
- Plato (Socrates)—the Laches Reading and questions.
- Virtue Ethics
- Aristotle—on virtue and the mean
- Aristotle and the Office
- Aristotle—on Friendship
- Is Lying Wrong?
- Cornell notes—Touching the Void (film) + questions
Elenchus activity—skit (Socratic dialogue skit on a virtue)
Collect Papineau reading
Unit 3: Do We Have Free Will?
Book Reading Activities—now done in Class
Papineau, pp. 20-23, 63-65, and 66-67
Diagnostic Test—How Free Are You?
- Free Will Theory notes
- Free Will Exercise #1
- Tallis—Who Caught That Ball? –reading+ Philosophy pre-discussion sheet
- Ted Conference—Malcolm Gladwell—Spaghetti Sauce, Choice, and Happiness
- Sartre—discussion sheet
- 60 minutes—Haditha and Frank Wuterich—notes and question—To what extent was Sgt. Wuterich responsible?
- Taylor—Determinism-discussion sheet
- Groundhog Day—video notes and questions
Free Will Debate—TBA—will take place Monday, March 25
NEXT NOTEBOOK DUE DATE: Mon, March 2
Unit 4: What is Knowledge?
- 3 Thought Experiments on Knowledge
- Knowledge notes—classical definition
- Sherlock Holmes notes
- Empiricism and Rationalism
- On Suspicion, Francis Bacon
- Reading Activity—Papineau
- The Bounceless Bungee and other cases
- The Rashomon Effect
- Harry Frankfurt essay
Unit 5: What are Ethics and Morals?
- Life Raft
- Ethics-Introductory Exercise
- Sam Harris-Is Science a Basis for Morality—notes on TED talk
- Hippias Major, Hippias Minor—marked up reading and Notes page
- Reading Activity—Papineau, Morality
- Ethical Reference Sheet chart
- Ethics Project Day 1 Activity—notes
- Resource Organizer Chart
- Copy of Group Proposal
- Copy of Activity Template
Unit 6: What is the Good Life?
1.Seneca notes—Video (Botton—Seneca and Anger)
2.Epicurus notes—Video (Botton—Epicurus and Happiness)
3.Reading note sheet—Epicurus—The Manual (selection)
4. TED Talk—Carl Honore-In Praise of Slowness