PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy

Syllabus (Sum 2014)

Week 1

Mon Introduction    
Tues Theatre Sophocles. Antigone  
Wed Dialectic Plato. Euthyphro
Thrs  Relativism Rachels, J. The Challenge of Cultural Relativism  
Fri   Holiday [No Class]  

Week 2

Mon Utilitarianism Bentham, J. The Principles of Moral Legislation
Mill, J. S. Utilitarianism
Tues Charity Singer, P. Famine, Affluence and Morality  
Wed Deontology O'Neill, O. A Simplified Kantian Ethics
Thrs  Libertarianism Nozick, R. Anarchy, State and Utopia  
Fri  Marxism Marx and Engels. Communist Manifesto  

Week 3

Mon Socialism Neilsen, K. A Moral Case for Socialism  
Tues Liberalism Rawls, J. A Theory of Justice  
Wed Determinism Blatchford, R. Not Guilty
Thrs  Freewill Campbell, C. A. In Defense of Free will
Fri  Dualism Descartes, R. Meditations VI  

Week 4

Mon Identity Theory Smart, J. J. Sensations and Brain Processes  
Tues Behaviorism Turing, A. Computing, Machinery and Intelligence
Ryle, G. The Concept of Mind
Wed Functionalism Searle, Minds Brains and Programs
Thrs  Ontological Argument St. Anselm. Proslogion
Gaunillo. On Behalf of the Fool
Fri  Design Argument Hume, D. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion  

Week 5

Mon The Problem of Evil Hume, D. Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (VI-XII)  
Tues Pascal's Wager Pascal, B. Pensees  
Wed Knowledge Clifford, W. Ethics of Belief
Thrs  Scepticism Sextus Empiricus. Outlines of Pyrrhonism
Fri  Realism Locke, J. Essay on Human Understanding, Book II  

Week 6

Mon Idealism Berkeley, B. Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonus  
Tues Rationalism Descartes, R. Meditations I, II  
Wed Innate Ideas Locke, J. Essay on Human Understanding, Book I
Thrs  Logical Positivism Ayer, A. J. Language, Truth and Logic
Fri  Exam