Introduction to Philosophy: syllabus and schedule


Here is the Syllabus and Schedule [pdf] for my Introduction to Philosophy course this Fall 2010 semester. It’s also posted in the Courses section of this site.

And here is a collection of past posts relevant to this semester’s course:

Before Philosophy: Homer’s world

Why does philosophy begin with Thales?
Philosophy begins: Thales’ revolution

Socrates’ two bad arguments for not escaping
Quotations from Apology and Crito on reason and character

Who is the real father of modern philosophy? [Descartes versus Bacon]

Freud and original sin
The best footnote ever [on micturation]

Why C. S. Lewis gives me the creeps
Freud and original sin [with a comparison of Lewis’s and Freud’s views on human nature]

Ayn Rand [at The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Roark and Keating: First meetings
Toohey’s five strategies of altruism
Gordon Prescott: Heidegger’s disciple?