PH101 Intro to Philosophical Thinking

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PH 101 Intro to Philosophical Thinking


U1HH 2009 PA


Vaughan, David K.


Adjunct Professor


BS Engineering Sciences, US Air Force Academy, 1962
MA English, University of Michigan, 1969
PhD English, University of Washington, 1974

Other Phone

(937) 304-9068  (c)


Semester Dates

25 May-25 July 2009

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours


The course text is Robert Woolf, About Philosophy (10th ed), published by Prentice Hall (2008). Abbreviated in the course schedule as AP

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Course Description:
PH 101 Introduction to Philosophical Thinking (GE) An entry into philosophy by 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 broadestfashion. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor’s educational philosophy is to establish an atmosphere of interaction in the classroom and to encourage interest and inquiry towards the subject.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize the distinctive styles and modes of expression of the philosophers studied in the course
  2. Show the derivations and interrelationships of major philosophical ideas
  3. Describe and understand the following terms: metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, categorical imperative, utilitarianism, social determinism, existentialism
  4. Demonstrate acceptable proficiency in developing and expressing the processes and results of logical reasoning.
Class Assessment:
The grade in the course will be derived from grades earned on the following assignments: Midterm Examination, Final Examination, Course Paper, Homework, and Class participation.

Midterm Examination, 25%; Final Examination, 25%; Course Paper, 15%, Homework, 30% (6 x 5%); Class participation, 5%. A numerical scoring system will be used with scores corresponding to letter grades as follows: A = 90.00 - 100; B = 80.00 - 89.99; C = 70.00 - 79.99; D = 60.00 - 69.99; F = 59.99 and below. The course grade will be a letter grade based on the weighted average of points earned on course assignments. 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework, papers, or tests submitted after the scheduled submission time will be penalized 10% of the earned score unless absence was excused.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to arrive on time and remain in class for the full period of time. Only official travel or illness is considered an excused absence, both of which must be supported by written documentation. According to Park University policy, two consecutive unexcused absences will result in administrative withdrawal from the course with a resulting grade of "F."   Students should notify the instructor if they expect to be absent from class, and they should arrange to obtain information and instructions pertaining to class assignments which were given out during their absence. Plagiarism (the intentional use of the work of others without giving appropriate acknowledgment) will result in a failing grade for the assignment. Cell phones and pagers should be turned off while class is in session.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
27 May            Introduction                            AP, Ch 1, pp. 1-32                     

03 Jun            Philosophy of Science             AP, Ch 4, pp. 128-146;  Review Ch. 1, pp. 12-17

10 Jun             Theory of Knowledge             AP, Ch 2, pp. 48-78                  

17 Jun             Philosophy of Art                   AP, Ch 7, pp. 304-320               

24 Jun             Review; Midterm Exam; Metaphysics      AP, Ch 3, pp. 92-116
                        Writing the Philosophy Paper                  AP, Appendix, pp. 399-414 

01 Jul              Ethics                                      AP, Ch 5, 158-189                 

08 Jul              Social / Political Philosophy    AP, Ch 6, pp. 246-281            

15 Jul               Philosophy of Religion           AP, Ch 8, pp. 348-385             

22 Jul              Review; Final Exam; Course Paper due

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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