SEEING IS BELIEVING (October 16)
Rene Descartes (1596-1650) , Six Meditations, Meditations on First Philosophy
REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy, pp. 147-77.
John Locke (1632-1704), "The Causal Theory of Perception" from Book II,
OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE EXTERNAL WORLD (October 18)
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
Roderick Chisholm (1916-99), "The Problem of the Criterion"
THE SKEPTIC'S CHALLENGE (October 23)
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.
David Hume (1711-1776), "Of the Idea of Necessary Connection"
CAUSATION. INDUCTION & SCIENTIFIC METHOD (October 25)
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.
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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