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Philosophy Department PHI 201, Spring, 2007, Section 001: Old Main 0120, 3:00-4:15 MW 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Dr. Andrew Fitz-Gibbon If you need to get in touch with the instructor: E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 753-2016 (office) cell: 229-3133 (emergencies) Office Hours: Old Main 140-C, MW 1.30-2.45
Catalog Description: “Western philosophy from its origins in Greece, emphasizing Plato and Aristotle.” (3 cr. hr.) In this course, we will concentrate on the use of the primary sources of Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus and Seneca and work away at their understanding of the human person in society. We will seek to make connections and contrasts in the way society is currently understood. We will cover issues such as democracy, justice, friendship and the family.
By the end of the course, students should be able to: a) Understand the rudiments of ancient Greek social philosophy. b) Conduct a thoughtful and respectful dialogue on important philosophical and social issues. c) Synthesize and reflect upon primary sources and secondary texts in written and verbal form. d) Construct a reasoned philosophical argument. e) Challenge assumptions and unquestioned beliefs. f) Think more critically and reflectively about the nature of the human condition. g) Apply the concepts and theories covered in the course to areas of contemporary social concern.
and ed. 1958. Classes missed without prearrangement or a medical excuse will have negative consequences on final grade. May 7 . Thomson. 1976. Seneca The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters. Final grade will be based on the following: Class participation/attendance Class presentation Paper 1 Paper 2 Final papers 10% 20% 20% 20% 30% Papers Due On Presentation paper is due on the day of your presentation February 26 April 2 Final papers due last day of class. Vatican Sayings. 1993).1968). Desmond Lee (London and New York: Penguin. Epicurus The Essential Epicurus: Letters. tr. Moses Hadas (New York: W. 2004). Hugh Tredennick (London and New York: Penguin.K. tr. 1955. 1974. Set reading and class participation are essential.A. 1987). Principal Doctrines. J. based on the required texts. rev. Eugene O’Connor (Amherst: Prometheus Books. Aristotle The Nicomachean Ethics. tr. 1955. Norton. Each student will be required to write four 4-5-page papers and take part in a student presentation with a 3-4-page presentation. Course Requirements The course has a large discussion requirement.W. and Fragments.Required Texts Plato The Republic. tr.
The readings are essential and must be read before class. X. XI What Shape Society? Rounding up Plato Week 6 Feb 26 Feb 28 Reading Aristotle Books I-II Group Presentation #1 Introduction to Aristotle Week 7 Mar 5 Reading Aristotle Books III-IV The Aristotelian Canon and the Nicomachean Ethics .The Syllabus Discussions in class are based on the readings. and the Republic Week 3 Feb 5 Feb 7 Reading Plato parts V-VI Video: The Greeks part two Class Structure: Guardians and Auxiliaries Week 4 Feb 12 Feb 14 Reading Plato Parts VII-VIII Discussion of Plato reading to date Plato. Week 1 Jan 22 Jan 24 Reading Plato Parts I-II General introduction and Expectations Introduction to Plato Week 2 Jan 29 Jan 31 Reading Plato Parts III-IV Video: The Greeks part one The Platonic Canon. Women and Children Week 5 Feb 19 Feb 21 Reading Plato parts IX.
Mar 7 The meaning of life and goodness Week 8 Mar 12 Mar 14 Spring Break: No class Spring Break: No class Week 9 Mar 19 Mar 21 Reading Aristotle Books V-VI Aristotelian Justice Group Presentation #2 Week Ten Mar 26 Mar 28 Reading Aristotle Books VII-VIII Discussion on Aristotle reading to date Pleasure and Friendship Week 11 April 2 April 4 Reading Aristotle Books IX-X Group Presentation #3 Eudaimonia Week 12 April 9 April 11 Reading Epicurus Rounding up Aristotle Introduction to Epicurean philosophy Week 13 April 16 April 18 Reading Seneca pp 1-136 Discussion of Epicurus Scholars Day Week 14 April 23 April 25 Reading Seneca pp 137-261 Introduction to Stoic philosophy Discussion of Seneca .
creative use of PowerPoint.) Your presentation should last the class period. sexuality. you should design discussion questions for the other groups. you need to incorporate: • An understanding of philosophical principles in the text • A grasp of the issues: What is the argument? What is at stake in this issue? • Application to today’s society • Personal experience •Secondary sources and critique Each person in your group should prepare a separate area of research that should last about four to five minutes. As a group. Each person in the group is required to complete a 3-4-page paper outlining the process of the research and what you personally received in the process. an appropriate skit. .Week 15 April 30 May 2 Loose Ends Presentation #4 Week 16 May 7 Conclusion Class Presentations Your group task is to look at one of the following issues: • Plato’s ideal state • Plato. You may want to use creative means to get your points across (Movie clips. a mock debate between two opposing members of your group etc. poetry. marriage and family • Aristotle’s justice • Aristotle and friendship In your presentation.
Contrast Plato’s ideal society with modern America. I strongly recommend checking out these links on how to write a paper in philosophy: http://www.cofc.princeton. What are the similarities and differences? Which would you choose and why? 3. 5.” Discuss. “The Republic leads toward totalitarianism. which consists of one 4-5-page paper from the general section and one 4-5-page paper from either the Plato or the Aristotle sections. What is Plato’s view of women? .htm Plato Section 1. Write a critique of Plato’s understanding of justice. Critique Plato’s understanding of education. c) One 4-5-page paper from the Aristotle section. Errors.edu/~jimpryor/general/writing. 4. you are required to write: a) A 3-4-page paper accompanying your group presentation b) One 4-5-page paper from the Plato section. Note: You cannot write one of the main papers on the subject of your presentation In all of your papers you are required to demonstrate sound philosophical arguments and a grasp of the principles we discus in class.Paper Requirements During the semester. c) A final take home examination. mistakes and carelessness will be penalized. The best papers will demonstrate an understanding of the text and use secondary sources to make an argument. grammar and are rewarded. 2.html http://www.edu/~portmord/tips. Good writing.
” Discuss. the task is to learn to read critically. . Aristotle Section 7. Explain Aristotle’s understanding of “the golden mean. “I don’t get it” . 11. the family and children in Plato’s scheme. What are the similarities and differences? 15.” Demonstrate your understanding in applying Aristotle’s ideas to virtues other than those he discusses. One way to do this is to keep a “reading journal” which you keep with you as you read philosophy texts. Explain Aristotle on friendship. “There is no place for women. marriage. a) Have the journal and pen/pencil with you whenever you read. How important a concept is it? 9. What are the similarities and differences? 14. . . Make a reasoned argument for a contemporary Epicurean philosophy. Is eudaimonia an adequate understanding of the purpose of human life? 10. Discuss Aristotle’s understanding of justice. children and slaves in Aristotle’s scheme. Build the habit. 8. “Aha! I get it” • anything that puzzles you . We term it praxis — the philosophical and critical reflection on practice. . b) Make a note in your journal of: • anything which enlightens you . Compare Aristotle and Epicurus. It is a requirement for class. Compare Plato and the Stoics. Explain the place of sexuality. Reading Journal In social philosophy. General Section 13. What attracts you to Stoic philosophy and why? What repels you and why? 16.6. In what sense is Aristotle an elitist? 12. to think about what we read and to make application of our understanding to the social realities in which we live.
Any request for accommodations will be reviewed in a timely manner to determine their appropriateness to this setting. If you are absent. . SUNY Cortland Conceptual Framework The mission of teacher education at SUNY Cortland is to build upon the foundation of liberal learning in the development of teachers who have exceptional pedagogical knowledge and skills. If plagiarism is suspected the student will be reported to the Provost and can either accept the charge or defend her or himself in the Grievance Tribunal. under. 2. Policies and Information 1. and for keeping up with your work. you are responsible for finding out what went on in class. . 3. directly. No late work will be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. global understanding and social justice. utilize technology. Because many accommodations require early planning. If you are a student with a disability and wish to request accommodations. comparisons and contrasts: • Connections with issues we face in our contemporary society or which you face in your own life • Comparisons with material you are learning/have learned in other classes • Contrasts between different philosophers/philosophies. and make a difference in the lives of their students. contribute to their communities. requests for accommodations should be made as early as possible. Such arrangements will be made only under unusual circumstances. “I’d like us to discuss this. must be well documented through endnotes or footnotes. The foundation of liberal learning informs the professional education strand in an innovative thematic approach that emphasizes personal responsibility. Ideas either borrowed from others. . Plagiarism. All work submitted must be your own. 4. SUNY Cortland is committed to upholding and maintaining all aspects of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act 1973.” c) Try to make connections. whether any assignments were given. please contact the office of Disability Services located in B-40 Van Hoesen Hall or call (607) 753-2066 for an appointment.stand and value diversity. Graduates of SUNY Cortland’s teacher education program will be prepared to think critically. Any information regarding your disability will remain confidential. communicate effectively.• anything you want to talk about in class or in office hours . d) Bring your journal to every class. or through paraphrase.
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