Introduction to Philosophy, Section 001

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 1301.001: Introduction to Philosophy

Fall 2020
Don Berkich
MW 2:00 - 3:15, CI-127


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..

Wednesday, 8/19 Introductory Remarks  
Monday, 8/24 The Wisest Man of Athens  
Wednesday, 8/26 Basic Logic Concepts  
Monday, 8/31 Truth Tropic Language I: Defining PC  
Wednesday, 9/2 Truth Tropic Language II: Validity by Truth Table  
Monday, 9/7 Labor Day Holiday  
Wednesday, 9/9 Truth Tropic Language III: Validity by Analytic Tableaux  
Monday, 9/14 Truth Tropic Language IV: Testing Translations Essay I Assigned
Wednesday, 9/16 Truth Tropic Language V: Extracting Arguments  
Monday, 9/21 Truth Phobic Language Essay I Due
Wednesday, 9/23 Why is there Something, and not Nothing?  
Monday, 9/28 Does God Exist? Essay II Assigned
Wednesday, 9/30 Is Intelligent Design Scientific?  
Monday, 10/5 Can We be Good Without God? Essay II Due
Wednesday, 10/7 Why Be Good?  
Monday, 10/12 Can We be Morally Responsible? Essay III Assigned
Wednesday, 10/14 What are We?  
Monday, 10/19 What is it Like to See the Color Red? Essay III Due
Wednesday, 10/21 Is Artificial Intelligence Possible?  
Monday, 10/26 Ex Machina Discussion  
Wednesday, 10/28 Rise of the Robots: Loving, Living, and Working?  
Monday, 11/2 What am I? Essay IV Assigned
Wednesday, 11/4 What Can We Know?  
Monday, 11/9 What Will Happen Next? Essay IV Due
Wednesday, 11/11 Is it All Just Relative Then?  
Monday, 11/16 Why Do We Die?  
Wednesday, 11/18 What Shall We Do?  
Monday, 11/23 Concluding Remarks Essay V Assigned
Wednesday, 11/25 Reading Day  
Wednesday, 11/26 Thanksgiving Holiday  
Monday, 11/30 Reading Day  
Wednesday, 12/2 Essay V Due 1:45-4:15