North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy PHIL-101
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North Idaho College
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Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
M/W 2:30 - 3:45 pm LKH 241
thor 9th edition.
These are the books required for Introduction to Philosophy. You will need to actually read both to pass class. The textbook (Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering) has a link below it to cengagebrain where you can rent a text or buy an etext (paperless text) if you prefer this option. Both are cheaper than the bookstore versions. If you find a 9th edition, page numbers will be different, but you can use that for the textbook, too.
The second book is a fiction book and you must get the 2008 edition (not the 1980 one) but you can usually find it on amazon used. Please be sure to get both for class. Many of my students say the Dream Weaver book is their favorite part of class.
We also watch I Heart Huckabees, Waking Life, The Matrix, Minority Report, and Contact and Journal on them for class, so you will have to rent or stream these if you cannot get to the library to watch the ones on reserve.
Mica Peak Exchange bookstore: http://www.bookstore.nic.edu/
* 60 pts for Journals: You will be required to write journals on some of the reflection questions in the text. Your journals need to be half on Dream Weaver and half on the movies we see and how they relate to class reading and lecture ideas. This is your chance to be a philosopher. Journals are worth 30% of your class grade. They must be proofread. More than 4 mistakes in spelling and grammar lowers your credit. You have 5 Journal opportunities, and you only need to turn in 4 Journals (15 points each). The extra journal is dropped (not used as ex cr). Access via lessons tab and BOTH paste it in AND attach in .doc, .docx, or .rtf. These are the only formats I accept. If I cannot see your journal because you did not follow these directions, I cannot give you credit. DIRECTIONS for journals:
Your Name Journal # ____ Journal should be 750 –1000 words long and must be proofread. I do check word count. More than 4 grammar/proofreading mistakes means points are taken off. These are essay style journals that are supposed to explore, using objective reasoning, some of the subjects we cover in the text or lecture. Do not merely state your opinions. Do not give me plot summaries. Do not use it as a confessional. J Unsupported opinions are dogmatic and this is what we are trying to avoid. You need to use objective reasoning to discuss any opinion you may have on any particular subject. The idea is not to avoid stating your opinion, but to explore why you have this particular belief and whether, in the light of objective philosophical reasoning, this belief holds water. This is what philosophy is all about. Half of the word count needs to be on Dream Weaver, and half on a class movie (this is about 375 minimum for each section to make the minimum of 750 words). Label these sections clearly for me in the journal. Use page number references to show me where you are getting the content from (ie page in text: p 76 DW) No need to fully cite at the bottom.
* 0 points but required: Outline of final paper:
You cannot get an A in class without a C or better paper and you cannot turn in the paper without the outline, and you must contact me if you miss the deadline and still want to turn in a paper. I will NOT accept a paper unless I have reviewed your outline and sent you feedback.
Paper outline directions ( I suggest reading the full directions for the paper: near the end of the syllabus. This is where the possible topic questions are listed, too.)
Turn in a brief/bare bones outline (via the lessons tab link) consisting of:
* 30 pts for paper: FINAL PAPER = 30 plus 0 points outline (but remember you cannot turn the paper in if you have not received feedback from me on the paper outline)
Here are the topic choices:
*Extra Credit available: Extra credit is always available should you want it. I will always work with you if you are willing to put forth effort in this class. You can do extra credit journals, see syllabus for the details. If you do all the quizzes, this gives you the chance to do 20 extra points, which can add 10% to your total grade. I also offer review sheets for both the midterm and the final that can add 5 points directly to each of the 25 point exams, and these do not count toward the 20 points extra credit you can accumulate. Extra Credit – optional: These are books that you can read and do a journal on (or a double-length journal (1500 word) on (worth 20 extra credit points) if you want- just label it as such) and there are movies below that you can do (single, not double) journals on below:
JOURNALS (drop one):
QUIZZES (drop one or ex cr):
Total: _____/60 points, put extra in ex cr below
Paper: 30 pt paper__________ 0 pt outline _________ (total 30 points)
Midterm, _______/25 (plus 5 pt review?_______ This does not count toward your possible 20 extra credit points )
Final, _______/25 (plus 5 pt review?_______ This does not count toward your possible 20 extra credit points )
Extra Credit _______/20 (20 maximum possible points)
1. I have designed the coursework to help you achieve a good grade and to facilitate your comprehension of the material. I would love to report all A’s, and if you do the reading and hand in most assignments on time, you stand a very good chance of getting an A.
2. You are responsible for any work assigned- even if you are not in class to receive the assignment. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about any assignment or class. The schedule does change sometimes, and I give all new due dates in class. There are no makeups and no latework is accepted, so you will want to stay on top of the workload. Please remember that I do not accept late work. We all have the same amount of time in a week and the due dates are all clearly listed on the syllabus. It is not fair to those who work hard to get things in on time for me to accept latework. I allow you to make up or drop some of the points in each section, because I know life happens to get in the way of school. You can always make up the points with extra credit, too. I do not accept any latework, no matter what the reason. I know this is a tough but fair policy, and many people wind up with A's in my classes, so please do not ask me to accept your work late. I always feel bad saying no. I go over business in the first 5 minutes of every class, as well as take attendance then.
3. Hopefully, this is just for the record: any student caught cheating will receive a zero on the test/quiz/assignment. When appropriate, the incident will be reported to the NIC authorities. A note on plagiarism: Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas (written or spoken) without giving them due credit in the form of citation. This includes, but is not limited to, cutting/pasting anything you find on the internet into your own work without citing (explaining where you got it from). There are programs that are run to check for plagiarism. Any student caught plagiarizing or cheating in any manner, will be given a zero for the assignment and may be officially reported to NIC, where the indiscretion may remain on your permanent record. You will be composing original material in your journals and essays.
4. Class etiquette: You may eat ‘quiet’ food during class; no crunchy chips or loud plastic wrappers J. No cell phone activity during class, please. We all have them, but class is not the proper place for phone calls or messages. I turn mine off, also. Due to people breaking this rule, I will confiscate phones that ring during class. No texting during class. There will be no iPod, cell phone, computer or any other device use during class or you may be asked to leave. Your attendance in class means you agree to comply with this rule. If you have an emergency or special circumstances where you phone needs to be on, please let me know.
Our class should be a place where you can safely exchange ideas without fear of condemnation. Not everyone holds the same religious or ideological beliefs; to keep discussions respectful for all involved, try to keep your comments objective (as opposed to subjective, which means based on views you, as a personal subject, have developed). In this class, this is a very challenging request!! Just try to remember that your strongly held beliefs may be regarded by others as simple prejudice. I am sure we can all contribute in a positive and healthy manner without causing offense to others if we follow these guidelines.
Introduction to Philosophy SYLLABUS
Dream Weaver is a fiction book that really explains many of our topics well. We talk about these in class, and you write journals on it, and you need to reference it twice in your final paper, but there is no test. The book is required reading, and many students say it is their favorite part of class, besides the movies. J For each chapter you must type and bring in one comment for class, on paper with your name on it to hand in for attendance.
M, Sept 17: Section 3 Ancient Greeks
W, Sept 19: Sec 3 con’t: Examined Life, Cave Allegory
M, Sept 24: What is Self?
W, Sept 26: Section 4 What is Self? (con’t)
M, Oct 1: Waking Life; what is self?
W, Oct 3: Section 5 Context, Meaning
M, Oct 8: How do we know Reality?
W, Oct 10: How do we know what is real?
M, Oct 15: Section 6 Epistemology, Logic
W, Oct 17: Section 7: a priori, string theory (maybe ted.com)
M, Oct 22: Section 7: a priori, string theory, Ted.com x2, The Quantum Timers
W, Oct 24: Section 8 = review, Section 9 =MIDTERM
Video link: Watch in class: PBS’s “The Elegant Universe: part 3,” all 8 chapters, which can be found on the right column of the below link (if you miss class). Approx 60 minutes total, but you need to keep linking to the new chapters. You may need to do this in a fresh browser window.
If you computer cannot see these, you are required to read the full transcript of part 3 at this link below (but the video is SO much better, so please try to get somewhere that you can see it if you miss class).
M, Oct 29: Section 10: Brian Cox 54 minute video-discussion
W, Oct 31: What is Universe? Decentralizations
M, Nov 5: Section 11: Proofs for the existence of God, Psychology of Religion
W, Nov 7: Contact
M, Nov 12: Contact
W, Nov 14: Section 12 Death, Immortality, Eastern Philosophy
M, Nov 19: Ethics lecture , Political Philosophy Lecture online
Nov 21 - 23: no class- Thanksgiving break
Enjoy! And relax. Try not to come online. I will be offline, but call my cell if you need me. If you are not caught up in DW, please do so this week.
M, Nov 26: Section 13: Phil of history, freewill
W, Nov 28: Minority Report
M,Dec 3: Minority Report
W, Dec 5: Section 14: Phil of time
M, Dec 10: The Fabric of the Universe: The Illusion of Time
W, Dec 12: Section 15: Wrap-up and review for Final
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