PHIL 100 Introduction
Prof. Michael Rosenthal
Meeting Times and Location:
AA TTh 9:30-10:20 SAV 168 (Gee )
AB TTh 9:30-10:20 SAV 164 (Rosenberg)
AC TTh 10:30-11:20 MUE 154 (Gee)
AD TTh 10:30-11:20 SIG 230 (Rosenberg)
AE TTh 10:30-11:20 DEN 312 (Kreyche)
AF TTh 11:30-12:20 MUE 154 (Kreyche)
TAs and their e-mail addresses:
Jeremy Gee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jenna Kreyche (email@example.com)
Jonathan Rosenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with several of the major themes in classical Western philosophical thought and to provide an overview of their historical development. What is real? What can we know? What is the basis of a good life and a just society? We will examine these questions and various answers to them through reading excerpts from the works of some of the great philosophers in chronological order, from the ancient to the modern period. We will also pay particular attention to the different styles and methods of philosophical argument. Students will be encouraged not only to master the material itself but also to develop their own critical and philosophical skills. The format of this course will be a mixture of lecture and discussion.
Assignments and Grading Policy
Participation: There are several basic skills involved in philosophy, including reading critically, writing argumentatively, listening carefully, and talking constructively about ideas. If you do not attend class and section regularly you will not be able to participate and develop some of these skills, especially listening and talking. Lack of participation may affect your final grade in a variety of ways. All assignments will be given out in class. I will not send you assignments via e-mail. If you miss class you will have less time to prepare your assignments. You will be less prepared to write your papers and take the final exam. You may well miss the section quizzes and so receive a lower score on this assignment as well. It is in your interest both in terms of your grade and your education to participate regularly in class.
Grading System: Below are listed the graded assignments. The papers, exams, and quizzes, will be graded on the basis of points, which will add up to a total of 400. The skills assignments will only be graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory but you must complete satisfactorily at least three of them to pass. You have the option of completing six assignments for extra credit. The grading scale for each paper and the final exam, as well as the conversion scale for the final point total will be posted on the course website. Click here for tenative grading scale.
1) Papers: You will be required to write two short papers (5 pages each). For each paper you will be able to choose between two or three assigned topics. The first paper will be due at the beginning of your section on Thursday, January 30th. The second paper will be due at the beginning of your section on Thursday, February 27th. No papers will be accepted via e-mail or fax. More detailed instructions will be provided with the paper topics approximately two weeks before the due date of each paper. Each paper will be worth 100 points, i.e., 25% of your final grade. Together, both papers will be worth a total of 200 points, or 50% of your final grade. To pass this assignment you will need 106 points total for your two papers.
2) Skills Assignments: Most weeks I will present a basic philosophical technique or concept and you will be given a relatively simple assignment to test your understanding of it. Each assignment will be given out in class on Friday and due at the beginning of your section on Thursday. The due dates for these assignments are noted in the schedule below. No assignments will be accepted via e-mail or fax. Late assignments will not count for your total. Each assignment is worth 10 points for a total of 50 points, i.e., 12.5% of your final grade. You have the option of completing all six assignments. If they are all satisfactory, then you will receive an additional 10 points in extra credit. To pass this assignment you need a minimum of 30 points.
3) Section Quizzes: Every week in your section, sometimes on Tuesday, sometimes on Thursday, there will be a brief quiz, consisting of two questions concerning the text being discussed that day. There will be no make-up quizzes except under the following circumstances: (1) illness supported by doctor’s note; (2) death in the family. Each quiz question will be worth 2.5 points for a total of 50 points possible over the quarter, i.e., 12.5% of your final grade. To pass this assignment you need a minimum of 26.5 points.
4) Final Exam:
March 17, 2014, 8:30-10:20 am
in Kane 210, there will be a required final
exam. The exam will cover all material
in the course, though it will be weighted with questions concerning
lectures during the last several weeks of the course, and will be based
lectures and assigned readings. The exam
will consist both of multiple-choice type questions and some short
questions as well. The exam will be
worth 100 points, i.e., 25% of your final grade. To
pass this exam you will need at least 53
This class is a “W” designated course. If you successfully complete these assignments and if you are taking this course for a grade (and not satisfactory/non-satisfactory S/NS), then you will satisfy the requirements for the University Writing Requirement. For more information on this requirement, see: http://www.washington.edu/uaa/advising/degreeplanning/writreqs.php.
1) Passing and Failing. In order to pass this class, you must achieve the following minimal standards: (a) you must have a minimum total of 215.5 points; and (b) you must pass three of the four categories of assignments. The minimum required to pass each assignment is noted above. Please note that the mere completion of the assignments does not guarantee that you will pass the course. They have to meet the minimum standard of quality set by the instructors. If you have enough total points to pass but do not pass three of the four categories of assignments, you will fail the course, i.e., receive a grade below 0.7, which is the minimum required to receive credit. In addition, as noted below, if you are found to have cheated on any assignment, you will be given 0 points for that assignment and also fail the course. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to this policy.
2) Academic Misconduct. Cheating in any form (including plagiarism, of course) will result in automatic referal to the Dean’s office. If you are found to have cheated on any assignment, you will be given 0 points for it and also fail the course. You are assumed to understand the university rules concerning inappropriate academic conduct, including what constitutes plagiarism. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the instructor or the TAs.
3) Classroom Behavior:
Services. If you would like to request academic
accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student
448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 (V/TTY). If
you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating you have a
disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the
me within the first week of the course so we can discuss the
might need for the class.
Required text available in the University
-Classics of Western Philosophy, 8th edition, ed. Steven M. Cahn, Hackett Publishing Co., 2002 (ISBN: 978-1-60384-743-8).
Note: (1) Please remember that although I have tried to be as specific as possible this schedule is only a guide. (2) I reserve the right to get behind or go more quickly through the readings or even change them. (3) Please read the whole week’s assignment before the first class of each week and then re-read each assignment before each class. (4) All page numbers refer to the required text. (5) Bold text reminds you of due dates for assignments.
Week 1 – The Life & Death of Socrates
1/6 What is Philosophy?
1/8 Plato, Apology (27-40)
1/10 Plato, Apology (27-40) & Plato, Crito (40-46)<>
Week 2 – The Life & Death of Socrates
1/13 Plato, Crito (40-46) & Plato, Phaedo (47-79)
1/15 Plato, Phaedo (47-79)
1/16 [Skills Assignment #1 – Argument – due in section]
1/17 Plato, Phaedo (47-79)<>
Week 3 – Aristotle and the Idea of Virtue
1/20 NO CLASS – Presidents’ Day
1/22 Nicomachean Ethics, Book I, (275-284)
1/23 [Skills Assignment #2 – Definition & Analysis– due in section]
1/24 Nicomachean Ethics, Book II-
Week 4 – Medieval Arguments for the Existence of God
1/27 Nicomachean Ethics, Books X (320-329)
1/29 Anselm, Proslogion, Gaunilo’s Reply, and Anselm’s Reply (428-450)
1/30 [First Paper due in section]
1/31 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Question II (467-470); Question XIII, XIX, & XXII (471-478)
Week 5 – Descartes’ Meditations
2/3 Meditation Preface & I (527-535)
2/5 Meditation II (535-539)
2/6 [Skills Assignment #3 – Dilemma – due in section]
Week 6 – Descartes’ Meditations
2/10 Meditation IV (546-549)
2/12 Meditation V (549-552)
2/14 Meditation VI (552-559)
Week 7 - Hume
2/17 NO CLASS – MLK Day
2/19 An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Sections I-IV (834-847)
2/20 [Skills Assignment #4 – Counterexample – due in section]
2/21 An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding,
Week 8 – Kant’s Moral Philosophy
2/24 An Enquiry…, Sections VIII, X, XII (863-873, 875-886, 893-899)
2/26 Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Preface and Section I (1110-1120)
2/27 [Second Paper due in Section]
2/28 Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Section II (1120-1140)<>
Week 9 – Mill’s Utilitarianism
3/3 Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Section II (1120-1140)
3/4 [Skills Assignment #5 – Reductio – due in section]
3/5 Utilitarianism, Chapters I-II (1187-1200)
Week 10 – Nietzsche’s Critique
3/10 Twilight of the Idols (1229-1243)
3/12 Twilight of the Idols (1229-1243)
3/13 [Skills Assignment #6 – Irony – due in section]
3/14 Conclusion and Review Session<>
FINAL EXAM: Monday, March 17, 2014, 830-1020, KNE 210.
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