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Fall 2005 : Michigan State University

 PHL200: Introduction to Philosophy

PHL200
Introduction to Philosophy

INSTRUCTOR: Larry Hauser

 hauserl@msu.edu 
http://www.wutsamada.com/msu/phl200

Office:  514 S. Kedzie
Phone: 353-4617
Office Hours: 10:20-11:10 MW
and by appointment

Philosophy Department
Office:  503 S. Kedzie
Phone: 355-4490
http://www.msu.edu/unit/phl/

My classroom is rated R. Discussion may include adult topics and language.


(c) G. B. Trudeau 1996
http://www.doonesbury.com/

 
TEXT (required): About Philosophy 9th Edition, Robert Paul Wolff, Prentice Hall

DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the practice, principles, and history of Western Philosophy with contemporary applications.  Philosophical issues concerning ethics, society & politics, art, religion, knowledge, science, mind, and nature -- questions about what there is, how we know, and how to live -- will be considered.

GRADES WILL BE BASED ON

ASSIGNMENT

DUE DATE

 VALUE

Participation
(e-forums and class attendance)

e-forums: Saturday noon

25% of course grade
(c.a. 195 + e-f 105 + abs. 30) = 330

Midterm Examination
(multiple choice)

Monday, Oct. 17

20% of course grade
(100%=4.3(A+); 90%=4.0, etc.)

Term Paper
(1500-2000 wds.)

Friday, Dec. 9

25% of course grade

Final Examination
(cumulative multiple choice)

 as scheduled

30% of course grade
(100%=4.3(A+); 90%=4.0, etc.)

Academic Honesty: MSU Regulations, Ordinances, & Policies
http://www.msu.edu/unit/ombud/RegsOrdsPolicies.html

Important Note
Elements of this course will require the use of Angel, an online course management system.  You will need to access Angel for course information, links to relevant web sites and other course resources, and to participate in the online forums as required.
 If you do not have easy Internet access you should not take this course.

APPROXIMATE COURSE CALENDAR
Class regularly meets 9:10-10:00 MWF: exceptions are noted below

Room: 312 EBH (Bessey Hall)

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

What do Philosophers do?

Aug. 30

The Study of Human Nature, the Universe, and Their Connection
Ch. 1: pp. 2-22

Sept. 1

Rationality, Universality, Objectivity & The Limits of the Western Tradition
Ch. 1: pp. 23-46

Labor Day
NO CLASS

Sept 6.

Theory of Knowledge & Descartes' Method of Doubt
Ch. 2: pp. 47-61

Sept. 8

Rationalism and Empiricism
Ch. 2: pp. 61-79

Kant's Resolution & New Turns in Epistemology
Ch. 2: pp. 79-90

Sept. 13

CA: Virtual Reality
Ch. 2: pp. 91-97

Sept. 15

Metaphysics and Materialism
Ch. 3: pp. 99-108

Free Will & Determinism
Ch. 3: 108- 115

Sept. 20

Mind & Body
Ch. 3: 115-127

Sept. 22

CA: Artificial Intelligence
Ch. 3: pp. 127-139

Science & Its Methods
Ch. 4: pp. 140-151

Sept. 27

Falsifiability & Scientific Revolutions
Ch. 4: pp. 151-161

Sept. 29

Science as a Social Institution
Ch. 4: pp. 161-176

CA: Is Science Value-Neutral?
Ch. 4: pp. 177-189

Oct. 4

Religion & Faith
Ch. 8: 404-419

Oct. 6

The Design and Cosmological Arguments
Ch. 8: pp. 419-439

The Ontological Argument and the Problem of Evil
Ch. 8: pp. 439-449

Oct. 11

CA: Cults: Religion or Fanaticism
Ch. 8: pp. 450-457
videos

Oct. 13

Midterm Review

Midterm Exam

Oct. 18

Kantian Ethics: Rights, & Duties
Ch. 5: pp. 190-207

Oct. 20

Utilitarianism
Ch. 5: pp. 207-217

Virtue Ethics & Feminism
Ch. 5: pp. 217-244

Oct. 25

CA: Same-Sex Marriage
Ch. 5: pp. 245-255
videos

Oct. 27

Medical Ethics: Life & Death
Ch. 5: pp. 256-266

Medical Ethics: Autonomy
Ch. 5: pp. 266-279

Nov.1

CA: Human Cloning
Ch. 5: pp. 280-287
videos

Nov. 3

Mill & Classic Liberalism
Ch. 6: pp. 288-302

Marxian Critique of Capitalism
Ch. 6: pp. 303-312

Nov. 8

Social Contract Theory
Ch. 6: pp. 312-328

Nov. 10

Pluralism and the Racial Critique
Ch. 6: pp. 328-341

CA: Affirmative Action
Ch. 6: pp. 342-355
videos

Nov. 15

Plato's Attack on the Poets
Ch. 7: pp. 356-368

Nov. 17

In Defense of Art: Aristotle & Marcuse
Ch. 7: pp. 368-380

Danto & Artistic Identification
Ch. 7: pp. 380-390

Nov. 22

CA: Pornography, Art, & Censorship
Ch. 7: pp. 391-403
videos

Thanksgiving 

Nov. 25: No Class

Logic, Thought, & Writing
Appendix 459-468

Nov. 29

Term Paper Writing Tips & Examples
Appendix: pp. 468-477
Dilbert on Rhetorical Questions

Dec. 1

Abstracts Due Online
Term Paper Q & A

Discussion: Film
Un Chien Andalou

Dec. 6

Discussion: Animal Intelligence
videos

Dec. 8

Final Review
Term Papers Due

Finals Week
Dec. 12

FINAL EXAM
7:45 am

Dec. 14

Dec. 15

Finals
Week

LH's Philosophy Resource Page: http://members.aol.com/lshauser/index.html
Companion Website for About Philosophy: http://www.prenhall.com/wolff/