PH 316 Philosophy and Skepticism
S1J 2007 PV
Senior Adjunct Professor
Ph.D. University of KansasM.Ph University of KansasM.A. University of Iowa
January 15, 2007 - March 11, 2007
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: Richard H. Popkin, Skeptical Philosophy for Everyone. Prometheus Books, 2002
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*-Small group discussions for student analysis and preparation for general class discussions.
*-Videos detailing specific historical issues.
*-In-class written examinations.
*-Oral student in-class presentations summarizing and evaluating the focal essay discussed in research papers.
*Discussion of research being undertaken in student research papers.
*-Review of material for examinations.
*-One guest lecture on a pertinent issue.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grades will be based on the accumulation of points. Each of the two examinations containing short answer questions and an essay will be worth 100 points. Each examination will cover the material on one-half of the course. Class attendance and participation will be worth 25 points. The research paper and oral presentation will be worth 75 points for a total of 300 points.
A = 270-300 points
B = 240-269 points
C = 210-239 points
D = 180-209 points
F = 179 or below.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will receive a reduced grade.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Assignments are due the date listed on the syllabus. Students should contact the instructor in advance if unable to attend class.
Pagers and/or cell phone: Pagers and cell phones are banned during the class period.
Week & Date
Skepticism,Philosophy & Knowledge
Popkin, Chapter 1
Skepticism & Epistemology
Greek Philosophy, Buddhist Thought
Discuss requirements & syllabus
Skepticism and Ethics
Popkin, Chapter 2
In the Blood
Skepticism & Ethics
Popkin, Chapter 6
A Poor Man Shames Us All
Popkin, Chapter 7
Skepticism and Politics
Review & Examination
Research Bibliography and
Popkin, Chapter 5
Skepticism and Religion
Student Reports: Outline
Skepticism and Metaphysics
Skepticism and Death
Living with Death
Student Reports: Rough Draft
Popkin, Chapter 4
Empiricism & Idealism
Student reports: Oral
The Role of Skepticism in Western Culture
Research papers due
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