Syllabus contents:Department of Philosophy Policies
PHIL 322 History of Modern Philosophy
Prof. Michael Rosenthal
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 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. If you miss class you will have less time to prepare your assignments. You will be less prepared to write your discussion response and papers. It is in your interest both in terms of your grade and your education to participate regularly in class.
Questions: Each week there will be a set of discussion
questions and you are required to type a response to one of them. Each week there will be a set of discussion
questions and you are required to type a response to one of them.
The questions will be handed out on Monday and are due at the beginning
of class on Friday. Please note that you are to bring one printed
copy to class and upload an electronic version to the Catalyst Tools
Collect It “PHIL 322 (Spring14) Drop Box” at the following
will be ten sets of questions and each
response is worth ten points for a total of 100 points.
The responses will be graded as either “Very
Good” (indicated by a check plus and worth 10 points), “Satisfactory”
(indicated by a check and worth 8 points) or “Unsatisfactory”
(indicated by a
check minus and worth 5 points). A “Very Good” response shows great effort,
understanding of the concepts, and offers some critical discussion. A “Satisfactory” response shows some effort,
understanding of the concepts (even if you don’t get it all correct),
some if any critical discussion. An
response shows little effort in responding to the question with little
understanding of the concepts. If you do
not turn in a reponse you will be given 0 points. You
can turn in an assignment up to one week
late. A late assignment will be worth no
more than five points. You have the
opportunity to revise any “unsatisfactory” response and hand it back no
than one week after it was handed back in class. You
can receive anywhere from 0 to 3 extra points
(i.e., making it satisfactory) for a revised assignment.
You need a total of 53 points to pass this
Tenative Grading Scale:
392-400 98-100 A+ 4.0
372-391 93-97 A 3.9-3.7
356-371 89-92 A- 3.6-3.5
340-355 85-88 B+ 3.4-3.2
324-339 81-84 B 3.1-2.8
308-323 77-80 B- 2.7-2.5
292-307 73-76 C+ 2.4-2.2
276-291 69-72 C 2.1-1.8
260-275 65-68 C- 1.7-1.5
244-259 61-64 D+ 1.4-1.2
228-243 57-60 D 1.1-.8
212-227 53-56 D- .7
0-211 0-52 F 0.0
Please note that this is a guide to your grades and I reserve the right to adjust it.
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 212 points; (b) you must complete all three papers; and (c) you must pass three of the four 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. 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. 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:
Disabled Student Services. If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 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 letter to me within the first week of the course so we can discuss the accommodations you might need for the class.
There is one text required for this course, an anthology of primary readings. It will be available in the University Bookstore.
Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources, Second Edition, edited by
Roger Ariew and
Class Schedule and Required Readings
you will find a tentative schedule of
readings for all class sessions. It is
your responsibility to have read at least the assigned reading before class. All page
numbers refer to the text mentioned
Week 1 – Introduction
4/2 Bacon, New Organon, and Galileo, The Assayer (16-24)
4/4 Descartes, Discourse on the Method, 1, 2, and 5 (25-34)
Descartes, Discourse on the Method, 1, 2, and 5 (25-34)
Week 2 – Descartes (Meditations I-III)
4/7 Descartes, Meditations, Preface, I (35-43). See also: Objections and Replies (69-72).
4/9 Descartes, Meditations, II (43-47). See also: Objections and Replies (76-79).
4/11 Descartes, Meditations, III (47-54). See also: Objections and Replies (72-75, 79-92).
Week 3 – Descartes (Meditations III-VI)
4/14 Descartes, Meditations, IV (54-58)
4/16 Descartes, Meditations, V (58-61)
4/18 Descartes, Meditations, VI (61-68)
Week 4 – Spinoza
4/21 Spinoza, Ethics, Book I, Propositions 1-14 & Appendix (144-149, 160-164).
[1st Paper Due]
4/23 Spinoza, Ethics, Book I, Propositions 15-24 (149-155)
4/25 Spinoza, Ethics, Book I, Propositions 25-36 (155-160)
Spinoza, Ethics, Book II, Propositions 1-14 (16-172)
Week 5 – Leibniz
4/28 Leibniz, “A New System of Nature,” “Monadology” (269-284)
4/30 Leibniz, “Monadology”
5/2 Leibniz, “Discourse on Metaphysics” (§§8-9, §13); “Letters to Arnauld” (248-264)
Week 6 – Locke
5/5 Locke, Essay, Book I, chapters 1-2; II, 1-14 (316-322; 322-348)
57 Locke, Essay, Book II, chapters 21-23, 27 (348-376)
5/9 Locke, Essay, III, 3, 6; IV, 1-4, 10-11, 15-16 (377-421)
Week 7 – Berkeley & Hume
5/12 Berkeley, Principles of Human Knowledge, §§1-33 (438-453)
5/14 Berkeley, Principles of Human Knowledge, §§1-33 (438-453)
5/16 Hume, An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §§I-III (533-542)
Hume, An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §§IV-VII (542-564)
Week 8 – Hume
5/19 Hume, An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §§VIII (564-575)
[2nd Paper Due]
5/21 Hume, An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §§X (577-586)
5/23 Hume, An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §§XII (593-600)
Week 9 – Kant
5/26 Memorial Day (NO CLASS)
5/28 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Prefaces, Introduction (717-729)
5/30 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Transcendental Aesthetic (730-737)
Week 10 – Kant
6/2 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Transcendental Deduction (737-756)
Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Analogies of Experience (769-779)
6/4 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Refutation of Idealism (781-783)
6/6 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Third Antimony of Pure Reason (798-800)
PAPER DUE: Monday,
June 9th, 12pm Noon.
Contact the instructor at: firstname.lastname@example.org