Tim Freeman’s Philosophy Courses


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Course Schedule

Part I: Ancient Greek Philosophy

Week 1:  The Love of Wisdom

Monday, 09 January

Course Introduction & Orientation

Areas of Philosophy

Wednesday, 11 January

The Pre-Socratics

Early Greek Philosophy

Friday, 13 January

Early Greek Philosophy

The Sophists


The Story of Philosophy (6-19)

     Greek Coin: The Owl of Athena

Week 2:  Plato

Monday, 16 January

Holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, 18 January

The Wisdom of Socrates (Apology, 17- 28)

Friday, 20 January

Socrates’ defense of philosophy (Apology, 28-42)


The Apology

The Story of Philosophy (20-23)

*Last day to withdraw without owing tuition*

Socrates, Roman Mural, 1st Century A.D.

Week 3: Plato

Monday, 23 January

Plato’s Theory of Forms

The Phaedo

Wednesday, 25 January

Socrates’ last words

Friday, 27 January

The Divided Line

The Myth of the Cave

The Republic


The Story of Philosophy (24-31)

The Death of Socrates (detail), Jacques-Louis David, 1787

1st Essay Assignment

Part II: Asian Philosophy

Week 4: Indian Philosophy—Hinduism

Monday, 30 January

The Spiritual Discipline of Yoga

The Quest for Enlightenment

The Upanishads

** Last Day to Drop Classes without a“W” **

Wednesday, 01 February

The Field of Dharma

The Bhagavad Gita

Friday, 03 February

Krishna’s Teaching of Yoga

Key Terms & Questions

Week 5: Indian Philosophy—Buddhism

Monday, 06 February

The Story of the Buddha

Early Buddhism

The Four Noble Truths


Wednesday,  08 February

The Fire Sermon

The Dhammapada

The Fire Sermon

(Quicktime movie)

video clip from the film

The Buddha

Friday, 10 February

Mahayana Buddhism

The Heart Sutra


Mahayana Buddhism

Week 6: Chinese Philosophy—Daoism

Monday, 13 February

Seeking the Dao

Chinese Philosophy

The Analects of Confucius

Wednesday, 15 February

The Dao of Laozi

The Daodejing


Friday, 17 February

The Dao of Zhuangzi

The Zhuangzi

2nd Essay Assignment

Part III: Modern Western Philosophy

Week 7: Descartes: Rationalism & Dualism

Monday, 20 February

Holiday: President’s Day

Wednesday, 22 February

Meditations I & II

The Quest for Certainty

The Foundation of Modern Philosophy

Friday, 24 February

Meditation VI:

Dualism and the Mind/Body Problem

Meditations on First Philosophy


The Story of Philosophy (82-89)

René Descartes (1596-1650)

Week 8: Hobbes: Materialism & Political Philosophy


Monday, 27 February


Leviathan: Introduction & Part I

Wednesday, 01 March

The State of Nature

Leviathan: Chapter 13

Friday, 03 March

The Social Contract

Leviathan: Chapter 14 &17

Video Lecture on Hobbes


The Story of Philosophy (78-81)


Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

Week 9: Locke: Empiricism & Political Philosophy

Monday, 06 March

Locke’s Political Philosophy

The State of Nature

The Second Treatise of Government

Wednesday, 08 March

Locke’s Political Philosophy

The Social Contract

Friday, 10 March

Locke’s Empiricism

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

The Story of Philosophy (102-109)

John Locke (1632-1704)

Week 10: Hume & Kant

Monday, 13 March


“If a tree falls in the forest...”

Wednesday, 15 March

Hume’s Fork

and the Problem of Causality

An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Friday, 17 March

Kant’s Copernican Revolution in Philosophy

The Story of Philosophy

(112-117; 132-137)

** Last Day to drop a class with “W”**

David Hume (1711-1776)

Week 11:Nietzsche and Postmodern Philosophy

Monday, 20 March

The Death of God &

The Crisis of Modernity

Wednesday, 22 March

Nietzsche’s Philosophers of the Future

Philosophy and Art

Lucid Dreaming

Friday, 24 March

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Selections from Nietzsche

Nietzsche powerpoint

The Story of Philosophy (172-179)

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

*Spring Recess March 27-31*

Part IV: Contemporary issues

3rd Essay Assignment

Week 12:  The Ethics of War and Peace

Monday, 03 April

The Ethics of War and Peace

Wednesday, 05 April

The Ethics of War and Peace

   Nietzsche on the means to real peace

Friday, 07 April

President Obama’s Nobel Speech

Beyond Vietnam:

A Time To Break Silence

Martin Luther King Jr.

Guernica (detail), Pablo Picasso

Week 13: The Ethics of War and Peace

Monday, 10 April

Film: The Fog of War

Wednesday, 12 April

Film: The Fog of War

Friday, 14 April

Holiday: Good Friday

Week 14: Civil Disobedience

Monday, 17 April

Henry David Thoreau

“Civil Disobedience”

Mario Savio’s Speech

Wednesday, 19 April

Martin Luther King Jr.

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Friday, 21 April

  Film: The Promised Land

The Promised Land Speech

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Week 15: Engaged Buddhism

Monday, 24 April

Zen Buddhism

Wednesday, 26 April

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Sun My Heart

Friday, 28 April

Gary Snyder

Buddhism and the Possibilities of a Planetary Culture

Thich Nhat Hanh

Week  16: Looking Forward

Monday, 01 May

Robert Aitken

The Dragon Who Never Sleeps

Wednesday, 03 May

The Dalai Lama

Hope for the Future

Review & Discussion

4th Essay Assignment

The Dalai Lama at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, 1980

photo by Chiu Leong

Final Exam Review

Final Exam Schedule

Section 001 (10:00 am class):

Wednesday, May 10 (9:40 am –11:40 am)

Section 002 (11:00 am class):

Monday, May 08 (9:40 am –11:40 am)

**schedule is subject to revision**


Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophy 100

Spring 2017 Syllabus


Section 001

CRN: 13072

MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am

Edith Kanaka‘ole Hall 128

Section 002

CRN: 13073

MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am

Edith Kanaka‘ole Hall 128

Dr. Timothy J. Freeman

The University of Hawaii at Hilo

Edith Kanaka‘ole Hall 212

office: 932-7479; cell: 345-5231


Office Hours: MWF 12:00-12:50

and by appointment



Phil 100 Introduction to Philosophy

Major philosophers, methods, and issues in Western and non-Western philosophy. Discussion of such problems as our knowledge of reality, the freedom of the will, the relations between the mind and body, morality, the meaning of life and the existence of God.


The Story of Philosophy. Bryan Magee. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 2001.


This course will provide both an overview of the history of Western Philosophy as well as an exploration of some of the most important philosophical questions. While the primary textbook provides the broad overview of that history, supplemental readings of key texts from such important figures as Plato, Descartes and Nietzsche will be the focus of the course.


[Philosophy courses for GE purposes]: (As with all Philosophy courses) Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

●respond clearly, logically and critically to examination questions and discussion questions about some important philosophical issues relevant to the course;

●read, comprehend, and discuss philosophical texts relevant to the course;

●compose effective written materials that assimilate, synthesize and reflect on course information;

●identify and describe in writing and in class discussion some important aspects of the cultural heritage and contributions of Western philosophy.


Classroom sessions will be both lecture and discussion.


* All students are expected to come to class on time and to bring their books as well as paper and pen suitable for taking notes of class lectures.

* No laptop computers are to be used during class time.

* Active cellular telephones or paging devices are not permitted in class.

* No consumption of food is allowed during the class period.


The final grade will be based on the following:

1) Three take-home short essay assignments (25% each)

  1. 2)Final Exam (25% each)

Attendance is important! More than 3 unexcused absences will negatively impact your grade.

Grading will be determined according to the following scale:

         A         95-100 Excellent            C +          77-79

         A -       90-94                              C             74-76 Satisfactory

         B +      87-89                              C  -          70-73 Poor

         B         84-86 Good                    D             60-70 Failure

         B  -      80-83                             F              below 60


Any student with a documented disability who would like to request for accommodations should contact the Disability Services Office: 932-7623 (Voice), or 932-7002 (TTY), uds@hawaii.edu, Student Services Center, Room E-215, as early in the semester as possible.


Advising is a very important resource designed to help students complete the requirements of the University and their individual majors. Students should consult with their advisor at least once a semester to decide on courses, check progress towards graduation, and discuss career options and other educational opportunities provided by UH Hilo. Advising is a shared responsibility, but students have final responsibility for meeting degree requirements. By the 4th week of instruction students can look at their STAR to look up who their assigned advisor(s) are.


The KASC provides academic support opportunities for all UH Hilo students that foster their development into independent, self-motivated learners. Students who visit Kilohana have access to subject-specific and academic skills tutoring from UHH students selected for their academic achievement and dedication to helping others succeed. Kilohana is located on the lower level of the Mookini Library and on the web at hilo.hawaii.edu/kilohana/.


Students are expected to follow the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Student Code of Conduct available at the following URL: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/catalog/student-conduct-code.html


As stated in the UH Hilo General Catalog and in the Student Conduct Code, plagiarism and cheating are forms of academic dishonesty. In other words, do your own work; all work presented as yours should be your own work. Academic dishonesty will have serious consequences!


The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo prohibits discrimination in its education programs based on race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or associational preference. If at any time during class you feel uncomfortable about what is being talked about, or feel that your human rights have been violated, please feel free to leave the room. However, I ask that you confer with me as soon as possible about what happened so that appropriate action can be taken if necessary to avoid future problems. If you are uncomfortable speaking with me about your concern, please contact Jennifer Stotter (jstotter@hawaii.edu), EEO/AA Director, at 932-7641.


UH Hilo provides confidential assistance for victims of sexual assault. Counseling Services on— campus and the YWCA Sexual Support Services off — campus offer guidance regarding medical assistance and emotional help and can discuss options for reporting sexual assaults to law enforcement. All conversations are private and confidential. See UH Hilo’ s Sexual Assault Policy— http://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhh/vcsa/documents/UHHSexualAssaultPolicy.pdf — for more details. For assistance during the day, contact UH Hilo Counseling Services at 808.932.7465; or, after hours and on weekends, contact the YWCA Sexual Assault Support Services at ( 808)935-0677.


The University of Hawaii is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect and is free of all forms of sex discrimination and gender-based violence, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these, the University has staff and resources on your campus to support and assist you. Staff can also direct you to resources that are in the community. Here are some of your options:

If you wish to remain ANONYMOUS, speak with someone CONFIDENTIALLY, or would like to receive information and support in a CONFIDENTIAL setting, contact:

  1. UH Hilo Counseling Services: SSC, room E-203, 932-7465.

  2. UH Hilo Medical Services: Campus Center, room 212, 932-7369

  3. Hawaii Island YWCA, 935-0677

If you wish to REPORT an incident of sex discrimination or gender-based violence including sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking as well as receive information and support*, contact:

  1. Libby Bailey, Title IX Coordinator: 932-7818 libby.bailey@hawaii.edu

  2. Jennifer Stotter, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity & Deputy Title IX Coordinator: 932-7641 jstotter@hawaii.edu

  3. Kalei Rapoza, Interim Director of Human Resources, 932-7626 kaleihii@hawaii.edu

* Please note that you do not have to file a report with the University to receive institutional support or assistance.

As a member of the University faculty, I am required to immediately report any incident of sex discrimination or gender-based violence to the campus Title IX Coordinator. Although the Title IX Coordinator and I cannot guarantee confidentiality, you will still have options about how your case will be handled. My goal is to make sure you are aware of the range of options available to you and have access to the resources and support you need.

For more information regarding sex discrimination and gender-based violence, the University’s Title IX resources and the University’s Policy, Interim EP 1.204, go to: http://www.hawaii.edu/titleix.