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 1301.004: Introduction to Philosophy

Fall 2021
Don Berkich
MW 2:00 - 3:15, IH-163


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..

Monday 8/23 Introductory Remarks  
Wednesday 8/25 The Wisest Man of Athens  
Monday 8/30 Basic Logic Concepts Essay I Assigned
Wednesday 9/1 Truth Tropic Language I: Defining PC  
Monday 9/6 Labor Day Holiday
Wednesday 9/8 Truth Tropic Language III: Validity by Truth Table Essay I Due
Monday 9/13 Class Canceled Due to Tropical Storm Nicholas  
Wednesday 9/15 Truth Tropic Language III: Validity by Analytic Tableaux  
Monday 9/20 Truth Tropic Language IV: Testing Translations Essay II Assigned
Wednesday 9/22 Truth Tropic Language V: Extracting Arguments  
Monday 9/27 Truth Phobic Language I  
Wednesday 9/29 Truth Phobic Language II Essay II Due
Monday 10/4 Why is there Something, and not Nothing?  
Wednesday 10/6 Does God Exist?  
Monday 10/11 Does God Not Exist?  
Wednesday 10/13 Is Intelligent Design Scientific? Essay III Assigned
Monday 10/18 Can We be Good Without God?  
Wednesday 10/20 Why Be Good?  
Monday 10/25 Can We be Morally Responsible?  
Wednesday 10/27 What are We? Essay III Due
Monday 11/1 What is it Like to See the Color Red?  
Wednesday 11/3 Is Artificial Intelligence Possible?  
Monday 11/8 Ex Machina Discussion Essay IV Assigned
Wednesday 11/10 Rise of the Robots: Loving, Living, and Working?  
Monday 11/15 What am I?  
Wednesday 11/17 What Can We Know? Essay IV Due
Monday 11/22 What Will Happen Next?  
Wednesday 11/24 Reading Day  
Monday 11/29 Why Do We Die?  
Wednesday 12/1 Concluding Remarks: What Shall We Do With Our Lives? Essay V Assigned
Thursday 12/2 Reading Day  
Wednesday, 12/8 Essay V (written in class) 1:45-10:30