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


Reading:

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)



Reading:

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


Reading:

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

Buddhism



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


Reading:

The Story of Philosophy (82-89)


René Descartes (1596-1650)



Week 8: Hobbes: Materialism & Political Philosophy

 

Monday, 27 February


Materialism

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


Leviathan


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


Berkeley

“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


freeman@hawaii.edu


Office Hours: MWF 12:00-12:50

and by appointment


 

CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.



REQUIRED TEXT

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




COURSE CONTENT

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.


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

[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.


COURSE FORMAT

Classroom sessions will be both lecture and discussion.



CLASSROOM POLICIES

* 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.


GRADING

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


ACCOMMODATION/ACCESS

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

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.

KILOHANA ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER (KASC)

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/.

STUDENT CONDUCT

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

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

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!

HUMAN RIGHTS

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 SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY

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.


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:

  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.