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Introduction to philosophy syllabus

  1. 1. IS-VNU Philosophy 101 Mr. Mike Beard Introduction to Philosophy Course SyllabusINTRODUCTIONPhilosophy can be an intimidating subject to study, especially if you dont plan to major in philosophy or a re-lated field. But, philosophy doesnt need to be difficult. Philosophy is simply the study of questions and ideas.The questions philosophers raise are worth our time investigating since they are usually about the most im-portant issues in life such as: What happens after death? Does God exist? What is God? Is the world realor just a construct of my imagination? How do I know? What can I know? Can I know anything forcertain? This course will survey some of the major fields of study (disciplines) in philosophy and examinesome of the key ideas that key philosophers have explored throughout Western culture. Since this course isdesigned to be a general introduction, we will try to avoid too many technical details and advanced vocabu-lary. However, like most fields of study, we will need to learn some of the basic vocabulary of philosophy.Our goal is to obtain a broad overview of the big ideas in philosophy.We will follow a lecture/discussion format for the class. All lectures and/or discussions in the class will occurin English. Students are encouraged to take notes. Exams for this course will be based on material coveredin the lectures and assigned reading. Students will not be able to pass the course exams if they do not attendclass and complete the assigned readings.EXPECTATIONSAll students are expected to attend each class. Please arrive before class begins in order to minimize distrac-tions at the beginning of class. If a student has a problem coming to class on time, the teacher may askhim/her to withdraw from the course.All assigned readings must be completed prior to class. The teacher may give a surprise reading quiz at thebeginning of class to check if students have done their reading which will be factored into their course grade.Due to the short length of this course, no extensions to any writing, reading or exam dates will be given.READING TEXTBOOKRequired Textbook:2001. Magee, Bryan. The Story of Philosophy. DK Publising, Inc. New York, NY.EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTSMid-Term Exam – Short-answer and multiple-choice exam covering half of the course lectures and reading materials.Final Exam – Short-answer and multiple-choice exam covering ALL of the course lectures and reading mate- rialsTerm Paper – Three page paper. More information will be given out in class regarding the term paper.Readings – Reading in this course will be monitored by two short quizzes. Students should have all assigned reading completed prior to class (see reading schedule handout).SCORING STRUCTUREMid-term Exam – 25% Final Exam – 35%Term Paper – 25% Reading – 15%
  2. 2. LECTURE TOPICSIntroduction ◦ What is Philosophy? ◦ General Disciplines of PhilosophyThe Presocratics ◦ Thales ◦ Pythagoras of Samos ◦ Xenophanes of Colophon ◦ Heraclitus ◦ Parmenides of Elea ◦ Zeno of Elea ◦ DemocritusThe Big Three ◦ Socrates, Plato & AristotlePhilosophy after Aristotle ◦ Epicureanism, Stoicism, Scepticism ◦ Jesus of Nazareth and Christianity ◦ Gnosticism & Neo-PlatonismEarly Christian Philosophy ◦ Augustine ◦ BoethiusMedieval Philosophy ◦ Anselm ◦ Thomas Aquinas ◦ John Duns Scotus ◦ William of OccamThe Age of Science ◦ Copernicus, Galileo and Isaac Newton ◦ Machiavelli – The Prince ◦ Francis Bacon & Scientific Method ◦ Thomas HobbesThe Enlightenment ◦ Progress ◦ Tolerance ◦ Opposition of Abuses in Church and State ◦ Freedom and Liberty ◦ EqualityRationalism ◦ Rene Descartes ◦ Spinoza ◦ LeibnizEmpiricism ◦ Locke ◦ Berkeley ◦ Hume ◦ BurkeRevolutionary Philosophers ◦ Voltaire ◦ Diderot ◦ Rousseau
  3. 3. The Idealists ◦ George Berkeley ◦ Immanuel Kant ◦ Johann Schiller ◦ Frederick Schelling ◦ George Hegel ◦ Arthur SchopenhauerThe Liberals ◦ Adam Smith ◦ Mary Wollstonecraft ◦ Thomas Paine ◦ Jeremy Bentham ◦ John Stuart MillEvolutions Impact on Philosophy ◦ Charles Darwin ◦ Social Darwinism ◦ Herbert Spencer, Thomas Malthus, Francis Galton & Ernst HaeckelSocialism ◦ Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels ◦ Vladimir LeninPsychology ◦ Sigmund Freud ◦ Carl Jung ◦ B.F. Skinner ◦ Viktor FranklExistentialism Influential Thinkers ◦ Søren Kierkegaard ◦ Friedrich Nietzsche ◦ Martin Heidegger Existentialists Atheists ◦ Sartre, de Beauvoir & Camus Theists ◦ Martin Buber & Paul TillichPositivism ◦ Auguste Comte ◦ Bertrand Russell ◦ Ludwig Wittgenstein ◦ Rudolf CarnapLinguistics ◦ Noam ChomskyNew Science ◦ Karl PopperPostmodernism ◦ Claude Levi-Strauss ◦ Michel Foucault ◦ Jacques DerridaCritical Realism