Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy

Welcome to the Philosophy Gym, where we exercise our minds, no question or puzzle is off-limits, discussions are open, and we discover the importance of entertaining a proposition without believing it.

PHIL 1301.006: Introduction to Philosophy

Fall 2018
Don Berkich
TR 2:00 - 3:15, BH-206


Please note that this schedule is tentative and authoritative: Changes may be made, but they would be made here. Thus this page supersedes any page with which it conflicts..

Tuesday, 8/28 Introductory Remarks  
Thursday, 8/30 The Wisest Man of Athens PS-01 Assigned
Tuesday, 9/04 Basic Logic Concepts PS-01 Due
Thursday, 9/06 Truth Tropic Language I PS-02 Assigned
Tuesday, 9/11 Truth Tropic Language II PS-02 Due
Thursday, 9/13 Truth Tropic Language III PS-03 Assigned
Tuesday, 9/18 Truth Phobic Language I PS-03 Due
Thursday, 9/20 Truth Phobic Language II PS-04 Assigned
Tuesday, 9/25 Interlude: Puzzles and Paradoxes I PS-04 Due
Thursday, 9/27 Interlude: Puzzles and Paradoxes II PS-05 Assigned
Tuesday, 10/02 Why is there Something, and not Nothing?  
Thursday, 10/04 Does God Exist? PS-05 Due, PS-06 Assigned
Tuesday, 10/09 Is Intelligent Design Scientific?  
Thursday, 10/11 Can We be Good Without God? PS-06 Due, PS-07 Assigned
Tuesday, 10/16 Why Be Good?  
Thursday, 10/18 Can We Be Morally Responsible? PS-07 Due, PS-08 Assigned
Tuesday, 10/23 What is the Mind?  
Thursday, 10/25 What is it Like to See the Color Red? PS-08 Due, PS-09 Assigned
Tuesday, 10/30 Is Artificial Intelligence Possible?  
Thursday, 11/01 Ex Machina PS-09 Due, PS-10 Assigned
Tuesday, 11/06 Am I Just a Brain in a Vat?  
Thursday, 11/08 What Am I? PS-10 Due, PS-11 Assigned
Tuesday, 11/13 What is Knowledge?  
Thursday, 11/15 Will the Sun Rise Tomorrow?  
Tuesday, 11/20 Is it All Just Relative Then? PS-11 Due, PS-12 Assigned
Thursday, 11/22 Thanksgiving Holiday  
Tuesday, 11/27 What Matters?  
Thursday, 11/29 What Shall We Do? PS-12 Due, PS-13 Assigned
Tuesday, 12/04 Concluding Remarks PS-13 Due
Thursday, 12/06 Reading Day  
Thursday, 12/13 Final Examination 1:45-4:15