This class is an introduction to the discipline of philosophy. We will
examine theories of the Self, knowledge, ultimate reality and how these relate
to several fundamental philosophical questions. We wil also discuss the relation of the Good, the True and the Beautiful.
Homework Update MWF classes, TTH class
A podcast of Edward Craig speaking on "What is Philosophy?"
Monty Python's Argument Clinic
If you need a copy of this article, read it here.
Freire Freire Handoutr
Read the following essay by John Taylor Gatto titled Against School
Sugatra Mitra applying Freire's ideas in this TED talk It's amazing!
Here is a review of the Rock Band: Guitar Hero III
The movies "Freedom Writers" and "Stand and Deliver" demonstrate how Freire's ideas can be put into practice. You may also want to watch Randy Pausch's Final Lecture. It's inspiring. Here is a commencement charge he gave to graduates shortly before his death.
Here is Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement in 2005.
Taylor Mali, Slam Poet, Teacher What Teachers Make
John Legend's commencement address at University of Pennsylvannia May 2009
Pre - Socratic Philosophers
How to Fall in Love with Math NYT article
Video: Achilles and the Tortoise
Sandy LaFave on Open and Closed Concepts
Plato Handouts There are on line versions of the Republic. The specific parts we read are at the end of Book 6, VI, and the beginning of Book 7 VII. We read the Divided Line and the Myth of the Cave. Here
(The location above has the entire 6th book of the Republic. We read the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 7th book. The text below is where we start reading. Read to the end of the 6th book and then start the 7th – the allegory of the cave.
In the 7th book read until you finish the following.
An animated video of Plato's cave.
The School of Athens Raphael’s Painting
Here is a podcast describing Plato's Cave
Here are some links to help explain Aristotle's ideas
The State of Psychology - Martin Seligman
Physicist Speaking at your Funeral by Aaron Freeman, first read on "All Things Considered" NPR in June 2005.
A podcast on Aristotle's concept of Happiness
David Brook's Where the Wild Things Are
Archived interview with William Irvine on Stoic Happiness
A podcast on Descartes' Cogito argument.
A podcast on Descartes' Meditations
A podcast on the modern Mind/Body problem by Tim Crane.
An very interesting talk comparing the use of reason with a more emotional/psychological persepctive. Pinker and Newberger-Goldstein
The Paradox of Choice - Barry Schwartz
On line section is HERE. Scroll down and read SECT. VI. Of Personal Identity
Here is an experiment click on the following site. Your task is to count the number of times the people pass the basketball. Come to class and give me the correct number for extra credit. (On your honor watch the video only once.) HERE
Here is an online version of the reading
Here is a podcast of Jonathan Wolff speaking on Marx's concept of Alientation.
Here is a link to the Sadler Report of 1832 which examined the working conditions for children in factories.
Advertising and the End of the World
Mindwalk video (If you miss the film in class, watch it here.)
HERE is a link to Fritjof Capra’s web page.
Shlain lecturing on Art and Science
Tiffany Shlain's film Connected
This is an amazing film entitled "Home"
The Corporation, a documentary.
There are no online links to this text. There is a site devoted to his ideas HERE
Here is a link to the text we will be reading.
Simone de Beauvoir
Here is a link to the text we will be reading.The Media Has a Woman Problem NYT 4/27/14
Here is a site to help explain Truth is Subjectivity.
And this is an article explaning Truth is Subjectivity.
Eknath Easwaran's Penguin Story (click back a couple of pages to the beginning.) It captures the leap of faith concept.
The Buddha a new documentary.
Train Your Mind; Change Your Brain Matthieu Ricard giving a Google Tech Talk
A TED talk on Games (The task is to figure out how it relates to Buddhism.)
"This is Water" David Foster Wallace's commencement address to Kenyon College.
Required: Readings in Philosophy, James Ogilvy, Jerry Gill, Melvin Rader
Recommended: How to Get the Most out of Philosophy, James Soccio (ABE Books)
Recommended: Looking At Philosophy, Donald Palmer, 3rd ed. (ABE Books) This is a brief, easy to read history of Western Philosophy. It will augment the lectures and readings. Not all of our readings are discussed, but students find it an invaluable resource.
You will need to choose and read one of the following. It is best to start reading soon in the semester in order to gain the maximum experience from the reading. You will be held accountable for the material in the book before the final exam.
1. Recommended: The Kin of Ata are Waiting for You, Dorothy Bryant (ABE Books)
2. Recommended: The Island Aldous Huxley(ABE Books)
4. Recommended: Between Me and the World, Coates (ABE Books)
5. Recommended: Resilience, Greitens (ABE Books)
6. Recommended: Shop Class as Soulcraft, Crawford (ABE Books)
7. Recommended: The Monk and the Philosopher, Revel and Ricard (ABE Books)
Past Books Used: If you want to choose one of these, talk with me.
b. Recommended: An Unknown Woman, Alice Koller ( ABE Books)
c. Recommended: Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder (ABE Books)
You will also need to keep a philosophy notebook. We will be discussing this in class regularly. The 1st 10 minutes of class will be spent writing. The initial assignment can be downloaded here. Notebook
There is also a website devoted to The Work of Byron Katie. It's well worth looking at for a way to avoid suffering.
We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say-and to feel- ‘Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way I feel it.’ You’re not as alone as you thought. —John Steinbeck
Movie Night Flyer
Movie Night Questions
Feb. 5th "I Am"
March 11th "Groundhog Day"
April 15th "Hector's Search for Happiness"
April 29th "BeRobin"
Below are some websites that may be of help during the semester. There are other sites mentioned in the Soccio text.
This is a link to a Philosophy Encyclopedia. http://plato.stanford.edu/
This is a link that has a comprehensive list of philosophy websites. http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/philinks.htm
This link connects you to Philosophy Texts on the Web. http://www.epistemelinks.com/Main/MainText.aspx
A paper on Synesthesia on the Psyche online journal of consciousness HERE
Here is a link to my Humanities 125 video page
A good reference on Plagiarism is located HERE
Date of last update 4/12/15
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