Read the following articles and be ready to discuss them on day #1!
- Why Study Philosophy?
- Why Study Philosophy? To Challenge Your Point of View
- Philosophy Students Score High on LSAT, GMAT, and the GRE
- "The Value of Philosophy," Bertrand Russell
- “In a New Generation of College Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined” (NYT), Hu
- "I Think, Therefore I Earn” (The Guardian), Shepherd
- 08/27/19 - Read pp. 5-6 of Philosophy 101, by Kleinman; complete journal entry from video "What is Philosophy For?" ---------------> Journal #1: According to de Botton, it is often deemed unpopular, pretentious, or silly to ask certain questions (e.g. big life questions). You may have even noticed that some questions don’t seem very practical or may be considered taboo or inappropriate in society. De Botton claims that philosophers are people who aren’t afraid to ask these sorts of big questions. In your journals, come up with two examples of questions that most people don’t ask or are afraid to ask. For each example, explain why common people would likely be afraid to ask that question, and then argue for why it is actually important to investigate such a question.
- 08/29/19 - Under the tab labeled "Course Content," click on the first link under module 01 "The Value of Philosophy." Watch all videos that you have not already seen.
- 09/06/19 - Work on Pre-Socratic Philosopher Project... Due Thursday, 09/12
- 09/10/19 - Work on Pre-Socratic Philosopher Project... Due Thursday, 09/12
- 09/13/19 - Read the handout "Virtue is Knowledge," from the book From Socrates to Sartre, by T.Z. Lavine
- 09/16/19 - Read "Socrates," by Will Durant
- 09/20/19 - Complete Socratic Dialogue, be ready to present Tuesday and Thursday.
- 09/26/19 - Read/annotate the Plato chapter from Story of Philosophy, by Will Durant (see below)
- 10/02/19 - Watch the videos on Plato's Allegory of the Cave