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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 Thursday, July 28th, 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 (July 27th)

    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 at 1:10 PM,
    more or less immediately following the meeting of Thursday's class.

    Paper topics for the third paper will be handed out at the end of class
    on Thursday, October 26th. Papers are due on Thursday, November 6th, in class.

    The Paper topic will be posted ONLINE HERE .
    Currently the paper topic from the summer before last is posted.



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