Tim Freeman’s Philosophy Courses


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Course Schedule

Part I: Ancient Greek and Asian Philosophy

Week 1:  The Love of Wisdom

Monday, 08 January

Course Introduction & Orientation

Areas of Philosophy

Wednesday, 10 January

The Pre-Socratics

Early Greek Philosophy

Friday, 12 January

Early Greek Philosophy

The Sophists

The Story of Philosophy (6-19)

     Greek Coin: The Owl of Athena

Week 2:  Plato

Monday, 15 January

*Holiday: Martin Luther King Day*

Wednesday, 17 January

The Wisdom of Socrates

Socrates’ Method of Questioning

(Apology, 17- 28)

Friday, 19 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

The Death of Socrates, Jacques-Louis David, 1787

Monday, 22 January

The Phaedo

Plato’s Theory of Forms

and Socrates’ Last Words

Wednesday, 24 January

The Republic

The Divided Line

The Myth of the Cave

Friday, 26 January


Socrates & Plato

The Story of Philosophy (24-31)

Week 4: Chinese Philosophy

Monday, 29 January

Seeking the Dao

Chinese Philosophy

The Philosophy of


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

Wednesday, 31 January

The Philosophy of Daoism

The Daodejing

The Philosophy of Zhuangzi

The Zhuangzi

Friday, 02 February


Chinese Philosophy

Laozi on an Ox, Zhang Lu, Ming Dynasty

Week 5: Indian Philosophy

Monday, 05 February

The Spiritual Discipline of Yoga

The Quest for Enlightenment


Out of India

The Upanishads

Wednesday,  07 February

Selections from

The Bhagavad Gita

Wednesday,  09 February


Indian Philosophy

Arjuna & Krishna, the Blowing of the Conchshells from the Bhagavad Gita

Week 6: Buddhism

Monday, 12 February

The Story of the Buddha

Early Buddhism

The Four Noble Truths


The Fire Sermon

(Quicktime movie)

video clip from the film

The Buddha

Wednesday, 14 February

Mahayana Buddhism

The Heart Sutra


Mahayana Buddhism

Friday, 16 February


Buddhist Philosophy

Bodhisattva with Lotus, India, Ajanta Caves, 1st c. C.E.

Week 7: Zen

Monday, 19 February

*Holiday: President’s Day*

Wednesday, 21 February

The Origins of Zen in China

Selections from


Zen Buddhism

Friday, 23 February

Selections from

The Platform Sutra


The Sixth Patriarch Cutting the Bamboo, Liang Kai, Southern Song Dynasty, 13th century

Part II: Modern and

Contemporary Philosophy

Week 8: Descartes & the Starting Point of Modern Philosophy

Monday, 26 February

The Quest for Certainty

Meditations I

Wednesday, 28 February

The One Certainty

Meditation II

Wednesday, 02 March


Descartes’ Quest for Certainty

Meditations on First Philosophy


The Story of Philosophy (82-89)

René Descartes (1596-1650)

Week 9: Epistemology—Rationalism vs Empiricism

Monday, 05 March

Descartes’ Rationalism

Meditations II

Wednesday, 07 March

Locke’s Empiricism

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Friday, 09 March


Rationalism vs Empiricism

The Story of Philosophy (102-109)


John Locke (1632-1704)

Week 10: Metaphysics—Dualism vs Materialism

Monday, 12 March

Hobbes’ Materialism

Selections from the


Wednesday, 14 March

Descartes’ Dualism

Meditations VI

Friday, 16 March


The problem of freewill

The Story of Philosophy (78-81)

* Last Day to drop a class with “W”*

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

Week 11: Political Philosophy—The Social Contract

Monday, 19 March


on the State of Nature

and the Social Contract

Selections from


Wednesday, 21 March


on The State of Nature

and the Social Contract

The Second Treatise of Government

Friday, 23 March


the purpose of government

*Spring Recess (March 26-30)*

Week 12: The Enlightenment in Crisis

Jean Duplessis-Bertaux, Storming of the Tuileries on 10. Aug. 1792 during the French Revolution

Monday, 02 April


on The State of Nature

and the Social Contract

Selections from

The Social Contract

The Story of Philosophy


Wednesday, 04 April

Philosophical Revolution

Hume’s Skepticism

An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding

The Story of Philosophy


Friday, 06 April

Kant’s Copernican Revolution in Philosophy

The Story of Philosophy


Week 13:  Nietzsche and the Crisis of Modernity

Monday, 09 April

The Crisis of Modernity


Selections from Nietzsche

Wednesday, 11 April

The Overcoming of Nihilism

Nietzsche’s Philosophers of the Future

Philosophy and Art

Lucid Dreaming

Friday, 13 April


Nietzsche’s Philosophy

Nietzsche powerpoint

The Story of Philosophy (172-179)

Week 14: The Ethics of War and Peace

Guernica, Pablo Picasso, 1937

Monday, 16 April

Pacifism, War Realism, and Just War Theory

The Ethics of War and Peace

Wednesday, 18 April

The Ethics of War and Peace

   Nietzsche on the means to real peace

Friday, 20 April

President Obama’s Nobel Speech

Beyond Vietnam:

A Time To Break Silence

Martin Luther King Jr.

Week 15: Civil Disobedience

Monday, 23 April

Henry David Thoreau

“Civil Disobedience”

Mario Savio’s Speech

Wednesday, 25 April

Martin Luther King Jr.

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Film: The Promised Land

The Promised Land Speech

Friday, 27 April


Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Week  16: Engaged Buddhism

Monday, 30 April

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Sun My Heart

Gary Snyder

Buddhism and the Possibilities of a Planetary Culture

Wednesday, 02 May

Robert Aitken

The Dragon Who Never Sleeps

The Dalai Lama

Hope for the Future

Final Exam

Wednesday, May 9 (9:40 am —11:40 am)

**schedule is subject to revision**


Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophy 100

Spring 2018 Syllabus


Section 003

CRN: 11212

MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am

Edith Kanaka‘ole Hall 126

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; 2:00-2:50 PM

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 an introduction to some of the most important philosophies in both the Western and Asian traditions of philosophy.  The course will provide an introduction to ancient Greek philosophy, modern Western philosophy, as well as some important issues in contemporary philosophy. The course will also provide an introduction to major themes in Asian philosophy, covering Indian, Chinese, and Japanese philosophy.


[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) 10 % Attendance & Class Participation

2) 50 % The average of two essay assignment

3) 40 % Final Exam

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


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.


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 Hawai'i at Hilo Student Code of Conduct available at the following URL:



Kilohana: The Academic Success Center provides a range of free, drop-in academic services and resources to all currently enrolled UH Hilo students.  Services include access to peer student staff from a range of academic majors, course related resources (handouts, practice exams, etc.) PC desktops with subject specific software, and study environments for individuals and small groups.  Please check the Kilohana website at https://hilo.hawaii.edu/kilohana/ for information, locations, and contact phone numbers for our various Centers on campus.  You can also call 932-7287 (Karla Hayashi) or 932-7294 (Lindsay Heller) for more information.


Any student with a documented disability who would like to request accommodations should contact the Disability Services Office - Student Services Center E230, 932-7623 (V), 932-7002 (TTY), uds@hawaii.edu - as early in the semester as possible.


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.


The UH Hilo community is committed to and cares about all students. Life at college can get complicated. Students sometimes feel overwhelmed, lost, experience anxiety or depression, struggle with relationship difficulties, family responsibilities, or diminished self-esteem. However, supportive services are available and effective. UH Hilo Counseling Services helps undergraduate and graduate students cope with difficult emotions and life stressors. Counseling Services is staffed by experienced, professional counselors, who are attuned to the diverse needs of all types of college students. The services are FREE and completely confidential. Find out more at https://hilo.hawaii.edu/studentaffairs/counseling or by calling (808) 932-7465.

For immediate help, contact The Crisis Line of Hawaii 1-800-753-6879, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 (suicidepreventionlifeline.org), or text “Aloha” or “Hello” to the Crisis Text Line 741-741.

Title IX

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:

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

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

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:

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

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

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.


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 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.