Western Philosophical Traditions II

MARYGROVE COLLEGE

FALL 2011

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Course Syllabus

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The syllabus contains all information pertinent to this class except for the detailed course plan, which is maintained on this website so that students may have easier access to the readings, assignments, and other media we will be using throughout the term.

It is your responsibility to read the syllabus thoroughly and to be sure that you understand all of it's provisions. If you do not agree or believe that you cannot comply with any of the terms in the syllabus, you should withdraw from the course immediately.


Detailed Course Plan

Note that we have no textbook for this course. All reading materials are located online and can be accessed with the links provided below. The readings and work you see under a given day is what is due for that day. All work (except for tests) is to be completed in the course journal.

Note also that the course plan as you see it below is subject to change! Check for updates frequently!

Week 1

Tues. 9/6

Required Reading: Read the Course Syllabus thoroughly and make sure that you understand all of the instructions and policies contained therein. Pay special attention to the instructions for setting up your journal.
Recommended Viewing:

Thurs. 9/8

No required readings or work. The purpose of this session is to help you understand the unique challenges that reading and studying philosophy poses and to help you be more successful in your efforts in this class. Attendance at this and every class is mandatory.


Week 2

Tues. 9/13

No required readings or work. Building on the foundation gained in the previous class, this class will give you a concise breakdown of some common philosophical methods. You will need this information in order to understand the readings that we will do in this course.

Thurs. 9/15

Required Reading: The Basics of Philosophical Argumentation
Required Work: Visit the TPM website and take the “Philosophical Health Check” prior to attendance. Be ready to discuss your results in class.

The Philosophical Toolbox


Week 3

Tues. 9/20

Required Reading: Bacon, The Novum Organon
Required Work: Review Questions for Bacon

Thurs. 9/22

Required Reading: Bacon, The Novum Organon
Required Work: Review Questions for Bacon


Week 4

Tues. 9/27

There will be no required readings or work. Instead we will have an introductory lecture on Rene Descartes.

Thurs. 9/29

Required Reading:Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Dedication, Preface, Synopsis
Required Work: Review Questions for Descartes, Preface to Meditations


Week 5

Tues. 10/4

Required Reading:Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Meditation 1
Required Work: Review Questions for Descartes, Meditation 1
Supplemental Reading Arguments from Meditation One

Thurs. 10/6

Required Reading: Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Meditation 2
Required Work: Review Questions for Descartes, Meditation 2 part 1


Week 6

Tues. 10/11

Required Reading: Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Meditation 2
Required Work: Review Questions for Descartes, Meditation 2 part 2

Thurs. 10/13

Required Reading: Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Meditation 3
Required Work: Review Questions for Descartes, Meditation 3


Week 7

Tues. 10/18

Required Viewing: Watch all of the following, in the order they are shown here. (Don't worry, they're short.)


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Required Reading: Read Section I of the Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy's entry on David Hume. Peruse the rest as your interest takes you.

Required Work: Write down three reflection about Hume's life, upbringing, city, or philosophy that strike you as important given what you know about Bacon and Descartes. We will discuss these at the beginning of class on Thursday, 20 October before beginning our essay-test workshop.

Thurs. 10/20

No Required Reading, we will have an in-class workshop on how to take essay tests on this day.
Required Work: Turn in two (2) blue books at the start of class. Do NOT write anything inside them or on their covers.


Week 8

Tues. 10/25

PHL 202, Fall 2011 Test One will be held in class on this day. This test covers all material up to this day. The questions will be posted here in advance of the test.

Thurs. 10/27

Required Reading: Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §I-III
Required Work: Review Questions for Hume, ECHU Set 1


Week 9

Tues. 11/1

Required Reading: Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §I-III
Required Work: Review Questions for Hume, ECHU Set 2

Thurs. 11/3

Required Reading: Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §IV
Required Work: Review Questions for Hume, ECHU Set 3


Week 10

Tues. 11/8

Required Reading: Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §V
Required Work: Review Questions for Hume, ECHU Set 4

Thurs. 11/10

No required reading or work. There will be a lecture on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant


Week 11

Tues. 11/15

There will be no required readings or work. Instead we will have an introductory lecture on William James and American Pragmatism.

Thurs. 11/17

Required Reading: James, “The Will to Believe
Required Work: Review Questions for James, WTB Set 1


Week 12

Tues. 11/22

Required Reading: James, “The Will to Believe
Required Work: Review Questions for James, WTB Set 2

Thurs. 11/24: No class, Thanksgiving Holiday


Week 13:

Tues. 11/29

There will be no required readings or work. Instead we will have an introductory lecture on the history of Analytic Philosophy.

Thurs. 12/1

Required Reading: Quine, Two Dogmas of Empiricism
Required Work: Review Questions for Quine, TDE Set 1


Week 14:

Mon. 12/6

Required Reading: Quine, Two Dogmas of Empiricism
Required Work: Review Questions for Quine, TDE Set 2

Weds. 12/8

Course Wrap-up & Evaluations


Week 15: Finals Week

Thurs. 12/15

PHL 202, Fall 2011 Test Two will be held at our normal location during our normal class period on this day.

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