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INTRO. TO
PHILOSOPHY
SYLLABUS




PART THREE



SEEING IS BELIEVING (October 16)
  • Rene Descartes (1596-1650) , Six Meditations, Meditations on First Philosophy
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy, pp. 147-77.



    OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE EXTERNAL WORLD (October 18)

  • John Locke (1632-1704), "The Causal Theory of Perception" from Book II,
    Chap VIII & Book IV, Chap XI in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  • George Berkeley (1685-1753), Of the Principles of Human Knowledge
  • Thomas Reid (1685-1753), Of the Existence of a Material World
    in Feinberg & Shafer-Landau, REASON & RESPONSIBILITY , pp 177-96



    THE SKEPTIC'S CHALLENGE (October 23)

  • Roderick Chisholm (1916-99), "The Problem of the Criterion"
    in Feinberg & Shafer-Landau, REASON & RESPONSIBILITY , pp. 139-145
  • G. E. Moore (1873-1958, "Proof of an External World"
    in Feinberg & Shafer-Landau, REASON & RESPONSIBILITY , pp. 196-199
  • John Pollock, "A Brain in a Vat"
    in Feinberg & Shafer-Landau, REASON & RESPONSIBILITY , pp. 133-134


    Second papers are due on Wednesday, October 25th, in class.


    CAUSATION. INDUCTION & SCIENTIFIC METHOD (October 25)

  • David Hume (1711-1776), "Of the Idea of Necessary Connection"
    from Part I, Sect VII of An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  • Wesley Salmon (1925-2001) , "An Encounter with David Hume"
  • Karl Popper (1902-94), "Science: Conjectures & Refutations"
  • Philip Kitcher, "Believing Where We Cannot Prove"
    in Feinberg & Shafer-Landau, REASON & RESPONSIBILITY , pp. 214-256



    FILM SCREENING OF THE MATRIX (October 26th)

    Andy and Larry Wachowski's film THE MATRIX,
    starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss
    will be shown in Pollack Lecture Hall on Thursday, October the 26th in class
    and beyond, continuing later or on the following day.

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    The Paper Topic for this year's third paper will be handed out at the end of class
    on Thursday, October 26th. Papers are due on Wednesday, November 8th, in class.

    The Paper Topic will also be posted ONLINE HERE.



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