Course Plan And Assignment Schedule

PHL 202: Western Philosophical Traditions II

Note: This course plan is subject to change at the instructor's discretion. Students are expected to check this page frequently to remain abreast of any updates.

The whole term is planned out on this calendar. Click on the entry for any day to see what readings and work are assigned for that day. If you have a gmail account you can incorporate the events on this calendar into your own rather easily so that you may access them from your own computer or smartphone.


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List of Readings and Other Media

We have no textbook in this class. Instead we will use electronically accessible journal articles and other media. Below is a listing of these items. Consult the detailed course plan for specific readings and assignments. Note that access to the journal articles comes via our library. Thus, if you have trouble accessing the articles the first place you should go for help is the reference desk at the library. Please be aware that computer problems of any kind will not excuse anyone from the responsibility to do the work of the class. Please plan ahead.

Notes for Reading Philosophy

The Basics of Philosophical Argumentation

Example Diagrams of Common Argument Structures

Francis Bacon: The Novum Organon

Rene Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy

Meditation 1:

The Wax Argument, via Jan Garrett @ WKU

Proposed Diagram of Garrett's Reconstruction

Assignment for missed class of 4 October 2012

David Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (pdf)

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William James: "The Will to Believe"

Bertrand Russell and Logical Atomism (SEP)

G. E. Moore, "A Defense of Common Sense"

Ludwig Wittgenstein (SEP)

The Vienna Circle (SEP)

W. V. O. Quine, "Two Dogmas of Empricism"

Donald Davidson (SEP)

Wilfrid Sellars (SEP)

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