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PH 101 Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
Clark, Kenneth W.


PH 101:Introduction to Philosophical Thinking

Fall, 2005

August 23 - December 13

Tuesdays and Thursdays

8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

PREREQUISITE(S): None

CREDIT HOURS: 3

Instructor: Kenneth Clark, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS AND LOCATION: To be announced.

Home Phone: 913-334-9441

Kenneth.Clark@park.edu

kclark18@earthlink.net

Mission Statement 

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement 

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Kessler, Gary E., Voices of Wisdom: A Multicultural Philosophy Reader, Fifth edition. Thomson/Wadsworth, Belmont, California, 2004.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An entry into philosophy by one of two routes: an exploration of philosophical problems through reading and discussing selections from the great thinkers or a lecture-discussion survey of philosophy conceived in the broadest fashion.

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: A collaborative study of the scholarship of the subject between professor and students is desirable. The Socratic method of posing questions and seeking answers using a critical inquiry is one of the best approaches to obtaining knowledge in philosophy. A critical inquiry calls on students to be regular in attendance and to come prepared for class ready to discuss and evaluate the assigned material. Brief lectures with maximum time allotted to discussion of readings assigned is a good use of class time. Appropriate testing in philosophy is essay in format over questions discussed in class. A major research paper allows the student to peruse subject matter relevant to philosophy and of interest to the student.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

A. To define and explain the different meanings and categories of philosophy.

B. To analyze and critically assess the varying answers to how one should live and what principles hold true.

C. To examine and assess the competing and complementary views toward the just society and just world.

D. To describe the varying views on where injustices and unjust social forms exist in contemporary society.

E. To examine the different theories of what constitutes knowledge, how it is obtained, and the limits for knowing.

F. To relate the different arguments for God’s existence and relationship with humans.

G. To assess the nature of arguments relating evil in the world, free will, and the nature of God.

H. To analyze the contributions to knowledge, and the nature of that knowledge, of scientific thought.

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT:

Four essay exams will be scheduled over material assigned from the textbook and lectures. Class attendance and contributions to class discussion are necessary and will receive a grade. A five-ten page, double-spaced, typewritten research paper will be assigned over a philosophical idea, suggested by our readings or lectures. After clearing your topic with the instructor, a rough draft with outline and works cited page, with at least three outside sources along with your textbook, will be completed and due a month before the final draft, which is due the last week of classes. Papers turned in late will be penalized with a reduction in grade. Be sure to save copies of your research paper to disk or hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

GRADING PLAN:

Exam #1= 100 points possible.

Exam #2= 100 points possible.

Exam #3= 100 points possible.

Exam #4= 100 points possible

Participation = 100 points possible

Rough Draft Research Paper = 50 points possible

Final Draft Research Paper = 100 points possible

90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:

Late submission of the research rough draft or final draft, or delay in taking make-up exams will receive a reduced grade.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:

Come to class on time and stay for the full period. Pagers and cell phones are to be turned off during class time. Contact your instructor either by e-mail or phone as early as possible if you need to miss a class. Make-up exams will be allowed only for excused absences.

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:

Week

Date

Topics/Assignments

1

8-23,8-25

Chapter One: "What is Philosophy?", pages 1-21

2

8-30,9-01

Chapter Two: "How Should One Live?", pages 24-40; Buddhism, Confucianism

3

9-06, 9-08

Chapter 2: Plato & Aristotle, pages 40-65

4

9-13, 9-15

Chapter Two, pages 65-79

Gita to Kolak & Martin

5

9-20,9-22

Exam #1, Chapters 1 & 2

Chapter Four, "What Makes a Society Just?", pages 131-141; Islam

6

9-27,9-29

Chapter Four, pages 141-194; Marxism -Churchill

8

10-4,10-06

Chapter Five, "Is Justice for All Possible?", Trujillo-Hooks, pages 196-213

7

10-11,10-13

Ch 5, Barber, pp. 213-223

Exam #2 Chapter 4, Ch.5, pages 196-223

9

10-18, 20 (Oct. 15-23)

Fall Break

10

10-25, 10-27

Chapter 5, pages 224-245, Bat-Ami Bar On,Leopold.

11

11-01, 11-03

Chapter 6, Ghazali, Descartes, Hume,

pages 248--275

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12

11-08,11,10

Chapter 6, "Is Knowledge Possible?", Clifford -Collins, pp. 276-299

13

11-15,11,17

Exam #3: Ch. 5 (pp.224-245) & 6

Ch 7,"Does Science...?" Popper, Kuhn pp.301-322

Rough drafts of research paper, with outline and works cited page are due.

14

11-22

Ch. 7: Anderson-Appiah, pages 322-360.

15

11-24 (11-24-11-27)

Thanksgiving Recess

16

11-29, Dec.1

Chapter 12, "Is There a God?", pages 509-533 Hinduism; Creationism, Evolution

17

12-06, 12-08

Final Drafts of Research Paper, with Outline and Works Cited page due.

Chapter 12: Pojman-Cobb, pages 534-560.

 

12-13

Exam #4: Ch 7 & 12

     
     
     
     
     
     

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