I. READINGThe course will be divided into four sections, focusing on central topics and debates within philosophy. After a brief Introduction, the first section is devoted to God and Religion, the second to Mind and Body, the third to Knowledge and Reality, and the fourth and final section to Ethics, Justice and the Good Life. Reading assignments will be blocked out week by week for each section. See The Syllabus Online
Required Reading (Available at the Brandeis BookStore):
II. WRITINGFour papers are required on topics growing out of the readings and class discussions. The papers should be about 5-6 pages in length. Paper topics will be available at least ten (10) days before a paper is due. It is wise to make a copy of a paper before handing in the original. If you are working on a computer, make a back-up.
III. EXAMINATIONSThere will be one quiz in class. There wuill be no other examinations, final or otherwise.
IV. JOURNALS/ ONLINE FORUMYou shall also be asked to keep a journal throughout the Fall semester. The journal should not be used for note-taking or for jotting down quotations or for making commentaries on the readings (although you may wish to use a separate note-book for these tasks), but should be reserved exclusively to give and develop your own answers to certain basic questions in philosophy. Questions will arise and be identified during the course of lectures and discusssion and a list of questions will be handed out at various times and on various occasions. You may also meet this requirement by participating in the online forum A Bulletin Board has been set up for this purpose to enable you to go online and thrash out some of the especially knotty questions raised in our discussions. The Forum is part of the WebCT set up for PHIL 1A. You may meet the journal requirement by answering and responding to the questions as a participant in the online forum or by engaging in a combination of the two.
V. ATTENDANCEAttendance is required. You are allowed two unexcused absences. Otherwise, if you miss a class, you will need a documented excuse. Any further absences will have an impact on your final grade.
VI. GRADINGThere are four main pieces of work in the course, four 5-6 page papers. For these four pieces of work, the grading will be broken down as follows: 30% for your strongest effort, 25% for your next best effort, 20% for your next best effort after that, and 15% for the one which is least successful of the four. The journal and/or participation in class and on the online forum will count 5% and the quiz 5%.
VII. TEACHING FELLOWSThree Teaching Fellows, Dan Breen, Benjamin Bolger and Dianne White, have been assigned to this class. They will be primarily responsible for reading the papers and making comments on them as well as participating in and leading discussions on the readings and questions that come up in class. I shall look at all the papers before grades are handed out. If you are convinced an error has been made, first talk with the teaching fellow with whom you have been working. If you are still not satisfied, you may bring your paper to me.
VIII. INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY WEB SITEThe course will have its own Web Site. The Web address for the Harvard version is still online. The INTRO Course this Fall at Brandeis will "mirror" the form and content of the Harvard Course .
IX. OFFICE HOURSI will hold office hours on Tuesdays and Thusdays from 3:30 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. and by appointment. My office is in the Rabb Graduate Center, Room 306. If you wish to leave messages for me, send me an e-mail me at email@example.com>. The Teaching Fellows will also hold office hours. Those times will be announced. Dianne White may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, Benjamin Bolger at email@example.com >, and Dan Breen at firstname.lastname@example.org..
NOTE: If you a student with a documented disability on record and you would like to have a reasonable accommodation made for you in INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY, please contact me as soon as possible.
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