Blinn College • Schulenburg Campus • Humanities • Philosophy - PHIL
Intro To Philosophy PHIL-1301
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A study of major issues in philosophy and/or the work of major philosophical figures in philosophy. Topics in philosophy may include theories of reality, theories of knowledge, theories of value, and their practical applications.
Prerequisites: Students must be “college ready” in reading. (Refer to “Admissions Testing Requirements” in the Blinn College Catalog.)
This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.
Students who succeed in this course will:
Read, analyze, and critique philosophical texts.
Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, major arguments, problems, and terminology in philosophy.
Present logically persuasive arguments both orally and in writing.
Demonstrate critical thinking skills in evaluation and application of philosophical concepts to various aspects of life.
Evaluate the personal and social responsibilities of living in a diverse world.
Melchert, Norman. Philosophical Conversations: A Concise Historical Introduction,
New York: Oxford UP, 2009.
2 AccuScan Advantage #28980 scan sheets for the pre and post-tests
eCampus, Blinn College’s learning management system, will be used as a course supplement.
Two exams will be administered throughout the semester to test the student’s knowledge of material presented in class. Exams will be multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, and essay. There is a ten point late penalty for each class day the exam is not taken, and it will not be accepted after two class days. If you miss an exam, I will place the exam in the testing center after class; therefore, you will be able to take it before the next class. While I want you to communicate with me, do not wait until the next class to tell me you missed the exam . . . I already know and have placed the exam in the testing center. If you wait, there will be a 10 point penalty for each class day after the exam day.
Reading and lecture quizzes will be given unannounced during the semester to assess knowledge of material presented. Students will also be asked to respond to presented material in various ways, written, oral, and in-class activities. This is the student’s opportunity to explain his or her opinions and conclusions, and apply various philosophies to real world problems. Some examples include journal entries, discussion notes, philosopher outlines, and various other writing focused assignments. If a student is not in class or is late when an activity is given, he or she misses the opportunity to complete the assignment. Additionally, grades may be assessed in certain cases for active, meaningful participation.
Students will present a five to ten minute presentation that highlights a philosophy not extensively covered in this course; a significant visual aid must accompany the presentation and the student must prepare a works cited page for the instructor. Creativity is essential for the success of this project.
This exam will be given to determine whether or not the student has sufficient knowledge of the skills needed to advance to the next level of college-credit.
Extra Credit will be assigned throughout the semester via eCampus. These assignments will be time sensitive; therefore, students should check eCampus frequently.
Two Exams w/Essay Questions 40%
Individual Project 15%
Final Exam w/Essay Questions 25%
Participation Activities 20%
A 90-100% Excellent
B 80-89% Good
C 70-79% Average
D 60-69% Poor
F Below 60% Failure
QF Dropped Failing
W Dropped For Good Cause or Withdrew from College
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This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process. The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.
The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.
There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:
Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation. A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.
It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending. To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.
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It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty. Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism. If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction. Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local). The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.
Makeup Work. At the instructor’s discretion, makeup exams and other assignments, if allowed, may be different from the original assignments.
Papers. Formal papers are to be submitted on time in two ways: in hard copy and electronically. Papers not submitted in class will be considered late, and course grade will be affected. To submit papers electronically, send them to turnitin.com PRIOR TO the start of class on the day each paper is due. Major essays are not considered turned in until they are submitted to turnitin.com before class AND submitted in hard copy at the beginning of class on the due date.
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Writing Center tutors help students learn about writing so they can:
In short, the mission of the Writing Center is to help students become better writers.
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The Writing Room, Brenham Campus ACD14, is a writing center and computer lab available to all current Blinn College students. In The Writing Room, students can meet one-on-one with trained writing consultants. The Writing Room is also a quiet place where students may think and study. For more information, please stop in or telephone (979) 830-4403.
Grading Standards for Philosophy Papers and In/Out of Class Essays (this includes exam essays)
Note: To receive a grade of A-C, the paper must meet all requirements of the assignment.
The A paper (90-100%) represents original, outstanding work. It shows consistently careful philosophical thought, fresh insights, sophisticated analysis, and stylistic maturity.
The B paper (80-89%) represents clearly good, above average college level work. It demonstrates philosophical insight, correct, complete, and thoughtful analysis, and a varied vocabulary.
The C paper (70-79%) represents average college-level work. It is a competent expression of philosophical ideas and exhibits a writing style that is basically correct.
The D paper (60-69%) represents below average college work. It often demonstrates one or more of the following characteristics:
Note: A paper exhibiting major weaknesses in any specific area—content, development, organization, writing style—or, indeed, a failure to address the assignment is usually considered, at best, a D paper.
The F paper (59% and below) is characterized by writing that falls below minimal standards for college-level literacy. It often demonstrates one or more of the following characteristics:
The No-Credit Paper (0%) demonstrates one or more of the following serious errors:
for Philosophy 1301: Introduction to Philosophy
Fall 2013 TTH 11:50AM – 1:05PM
text = Philosophical Conversations
8/27 Class: Journal -
introduction to class and pretest
HW: read text chapter 1 pp. 1-9 and eCampus reading
8/29 Class: discuss mythos, logos, and logical fallacies
HW: read text chapter 2 pp. 10-38 (skip The Tao pp. 22-24)
9/3 Class: Journal -
discuss pre-Socratics and Sophists
HW: read text chapter 3 pp. 39-54 and chapter 4 Apology with commentary and questions pp.71-89
9/5 Class: Journal -
discuss Socrates and the Apology
HW: read Euthyphro via eCampus link and text chapter 4 pp.66-70
9/10 Class: discuss the Euthyphro and the Socratic Method
HW: read text chapter 5 pp. 94-129 (skip “Problems with the Forms” pp. 127-128)
9/11 DAY OF RECORD
9/12 Class: Journal -
discuss Plato: Politics, Epistemology, and Ethics
HW: read text chapter 6 pp. 130-168
9/17 Class: discuss Aristotle: from Being to Becoming
HW: complete assigned readings
9/19 Class: Journal -
Complete Athenian discussion and review for Exam I
HW: prepare for exam 1
9/24 Class: Exam I
HW: eCampus reading
9/26 Class: Journal -
Applying Philosophy to Modern Issues: Scholastic Dishonesty and Plagiarism
HW: read text Interlude 1 & 2 pp. 169-180
10/1 Class: Skeptics, Christians, and other Cultish Movements
HW: read text chapter 7 pp. 181-211 (skip “Time” pp. 195-197 & “The Two Cities” pp. 207-209)
10/3 Class: Journal -
discuss Augustine and Grace
HW: read text chapter 8 pp. 212-227 (skip highlighted boxes “Avicenna”, “Averroes”, & “Maimonides”)
10/8 Class: discuss Anselm and Aquinas: God’s Existence Proven??
HW: read text Interlude 3 pp. 228-247
10/10 Class: Journal -
discuss Medieval to Modern Interlude
HW: read text chapter 9 pp. 248-276 (try to read Meditations on First Philosophy but do not stress over it J)
10/15 Class: discuss Descartes and Pascal: God’s Existence Proven . . . Again?
HW: complete assigned readings
10/17 Class: Journal -
complete discussion and review for Exam II
HW: prepare for exam II
10/22 Class: Exam II
HW: eCampus reading
10/24 Class: Journal -
Applying Philosophy to Modern Issues: Death . . . Abortion, Capital Punishment, and War
HW: eCampus reading
10/29 Class: discuss Individual Project
HW: prepare presentation
10/31 Class: Journal -
Individual Project work day
HW: prepare presentation
11/5 Class: Group Activity with Individual Projects
HW: prepare presentation
11/7 Class: Journal -
HW: read text chapter 10 pp. 277-294 (skip highlighted boxes “Francis Bacon”, “George Berkeley”, “Thomas Hobbes”)
11/12 Class: discuss Locke and Political Theories (including Marx)
HW: read text chapter 11 pp. 295-321
11/14 Class: Journal -
discuss Hume: Ending this Questioning Stuff . . .
HW: read text chapter 12 pp. 323-356 (skip highlighted boxes, “critique” pp. 325-326, “Common Sense, Science, and A Priori Categories” pp. 331-335, “The Ontological Argument” pp. 343-345)
11/15 LAST DAY TO DROP WITH A “Q”
11/19 Class: Journal -
Kant: Developing a Deontological System
HW: read text chapter 14 pp. 374-393 (skip highlighted box “Iris Murdoch”)
11/21 Class: discuss Kierkegaard: Facing our Authentic Selves and Developing Faith
HW: read text chapter 14 pp. 393-420 (skip highlighted box “Iris Murdoch”)
11/26 Class: Journal -
discuss Nietzsche: Society’s need for an Ubermensch
HW: read text chapter 18 pp. 501, highlighted box “Jean-Paul Sartre” pp. 526-527, and eCampus reading
12/3 Class: discuss Existentialism and Sartre
HW: eCampus reading
12/5 Class: Journal -
review for final exam
HW: prepare for final exam
Final: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 11AM – 1PM