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 1301.001: Introduction to Philosophy

Fall 2021
Don Berkich
TR 9:30 - 10:45, RFEB-104


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 8/24 Introductory Remarks  
Thursday 8/26 The Wisest Man of Athens  
Tuesday 8/31 Basic Logic Concepts Essay I Assigned
Thursday 9/2 Truth Tropic Language I: Defining PC  
Tuesday 9/7 Truth Tropic Language II: Validity by Truth Table  
Thursday 9/9 Truth Tropic Language III: Validity by Analytic Tableaux Essay I Due
Tuesday 9/14 Class Canceled Due to Tropical Storm Nicholas  
Thursday 9/16 Truth Tropic Language IV: Testing Translations  
Tuesday 9/21 Truth Tropic Language V: Extracting Arguments Essay II Assigned
Thursday 9/23 Truth Phobic Language I  
Tuesday 9/28 Truth Phobic Language II  
Thursday 9/30 Why is there Something, and not Nothing? Essay II Due
Tuesday 10/5 Does God Exist?  
Thursday 10/7 Does God Not Exist?  
Tuesday 10/12 Is Intelligent Design Scientific?  
Thursday 10/14 Can We be Good Without God? Essay III Assigned
Tuesday 10/19 Why Be Good?  
Thursday 10/21 Can We be Morally Responsible?  
Tuesday 10/26 What are We?  
Thursday 10/28 What is it Like to See the Color Red? Essay III Due
Tuesday 11/2 Is Artificial Intelligence Possible?  
Thursday 11/4 Ex Machina Discussion  
Tuesday 11/9 Rise of the Robots: Loving, Living, and Working? Essay IV Assigned
Thursday 11/11 What am I?  
Tuesday 11/16 What Can We Know?  
Thursday 11/18 What Will Happen Next? Essay IV Due
Tuesday 11/23 Why Do We Die?  
Thursday 11/25 Thanksgiving Break  
Tuesday 11/30 Concluding Remarks: What Shall We Do With Our Lives? Essay V Assigned
Thursday 12/2 Reading Day  
Thursday, 12/9 Essay V (in class) 8:00-10:30