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 1301.002: Introduction to Philosophy

Fall 2020
Don Berkich
MW 2:00 - 3:15, Online Only


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, 1/22 Introductory Remarks  
Monday, 1/27 The Wisest Man of Athens  
Wednesday, 1/29 Basic Logic Concepts  
Monday, 2/03 Truth Tropic Language I: Defining PC  
Wednesday, 2/05 Truth Tropic Language II: Validity by Truth Table  
Monday, 2/10 Truth Tropic Language III: Validity by Analytic Tableaux  
Wednesday, 2/12 Truth Tropic Language IV: Testing Translations  
Monday, 2/17 Examination I  
Wednesday, 2/19 Truth Phobic Language I  
Monday, 2/24 Truth Phobic Language II  
Wednesday, 2/26 Why is there Something, and not Nothing?  
Monday, 3/02 Does God Exist?  
Wednesday, 3/04 Examination II  
Monday, 3/09 Spring Break  
Wednesday 3/11 Spring Break  
Monday, 3/16 Extended Spring Break  
Wednesday, 3/18 Extended Spring Break  
Monday, 3/23 Is Intelligent Design Scientific?  
Wednesday, 3/25 Can We be Good Without God?  
Monday, 3/30 Why Be Good? Essay 01 Assigned
Wednesday, 4/01 Can We Be Morally Responsible?  
Monday, 4/06 What is it Like to See the Color Red? Essay 01 Due, Essay 02 Assigned
Wednesday, 4/08 Is Artificial Intelligence Possible?  
Monday, 4/13 Ex Machina Essay 02 Due, Essay 03 Assigned
Wednesday, 4/15 Class Canceled  
Monday, 4/20 Rise of the Robots: Loving, Living, and Working? Essay 03 Due, Essay 04 Assigned
Wednesday, 4/22 What Am I?  
Monday, 4/27 What Shall We Do? Essay 04 Due, Essay 05 Assigned
Wednesday, 4/29 Will the Sun Rise Tomorrow?  
Monday, 5/04 What Can We Know? Essay 05 Due, Essay 06 Assigned
Wednesday, 5/06 Concluding Remarks  
Thursday, 5/07 Reading Day  
Friday, 5/08 Essay 06 Due, Essay 07 Assigned
Wednesday, 5/13   Essay 07 Due