SUMMER - ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS - PHILO 135 -1659 - May 9th to June 18th
MAY 9 to June 9: Four weeks online with one 3 hour orientation at the Great Valley Museum on May 12 (6-9 pm) - during the online portion we read and comment on the readings (in the course reader).
June 10 to June 13 - Three (or an optional fourth) days in the Sierra Mountains at beautiful Baker Station on Hwy 108 near Kennedy Meadows (see www.highsierrainstitute.org ). We stay in the dorms or sleep under the stars, there are showers, kitchen facilities and classrooms amid old growth incense cedars. We discuss the readings in morning and afternoon sessions and then go for optional hikes, eat dinner, hangout at the campfire in the evening.
June 18: Your final paper is then submitted online a week after returning from Baker Station.
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1. Philosophy 105 - Critical Thinking
2. Philosophy 101 - Introduction to Philosophy
3. Philosophy 130 - Political Philosophy
Friday, April 22nd
In addition to the BLUE sheet I am ALSO removing (or clarifying) the following questions from the final exam:
MEDITATIONS II: #1, "3D refers to EXTENSION"; #3 - there is no page 18. I am removing that question.
DAVID HUME, ENQUIRY, #23 (about "good as a million") - this is a convoluted question. I will NOT ask it of you.
Thursday, April 21st
CRAM NIGHT is TONIGHT!!! I will be there (as will Tutor Ryan) - from 8 pm to MIDNIGHT at the Mary Stuart Rogers center (where you eat food) on the MJC WEST campus. There is free food and drinks for all. Look for my table! Bring your questions - ie, READING QUESTIONS and/or paperstuff..
Thursday, April 13th - EARTH DAY!!
There are three wonderful events related to EARTH DAY today, tomorrow, and Friday. Extra Credit is available for both the CEP and MAPS events below.
TODAY: EARTH DAY in the quad, MJC WEST CAMPUS - 10 AM TO 3 PM! followed by an awesome movie (EC available for this as well): Jane Goodall's "Jane's Journey" SCC Rm 115, 4:30 pm 1 hr 51 min
TOMORROW NIGHT, FORUM 110, Thursday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm: Documentary on the U.S. Military's reliance on fossil fuels - followed by Q&A with the Garrison Commander of the Presidio of Monterey, Colonel Paul W. Fellinger. The film is titled, "The Burden." I'll be hosting the film and introducing Colonel Fellinger.
FRIDAY NIGHT, MJC West Campus - Mary Stuart Rogers Center - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm - FRIDAY, APRIL 15: Everything you wanted to know about Climate Change but were afriad to ask - featuring UC Berkeley professor Daniel Kammen and Linda Rudolph (Public Health).
Saturday, April 9th
1. REMINDER - don't forget about your MIDTERM redos if you are still doing that! you can see the OLD ANNOUNCEMENTS for the links to that or the handout from a month ago.
2. I have updated grades on the website. If you have NOT yet come for an annotations appt you now have a "0%" for your annotations grade. This has dramatically LOWERED your grade. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU FIND ANY DISCREPANCIES OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS WITH YOUR GRADES.
Your grade will dramatically INCREASE if you come for your appt.
You have TWO WEEKS left to come for an appt.
You must SIGN UP on my door at 120K Founders.
You may sign up "next to someone" on a given time slot if you wish although you might have to wait extra depending on whether there are no-shows.
The reason I am putting in a "0%" now is to make clear to you how important it is that you get this done. You can email me if Fridays after 2 pm work better for you or if there are scheduling impossibilities.
Monday, April 4th
I have posted the reading questions for Friedrich Nietzsche as well as NOTES on Nietzsche. See the schedule page below.
Thursday, March 31st
RESOURCES PAGE for your FINAL PAPER - please check this page (and link for philosophy "sources" that might assist you in your paper).
ROUGH DRAFT DUE DATE: I have now created a folder for your rough drafts. Per a couple student requests I am extending the due date to MONDAY, 11:59 pm, APRIL 4th (instead of April 3rd) for your rough draft.
I have also added a couple more OPTIONS for your paper - click here for those additional options.
Wednesday, March 30th
There will be a quiz NEXT WEEK (I'm postponing it to Monday or Tuesday depending on the class) on Hume that will cover the following concepts:
- Impressions & Ideas: how are these different? How are they the same?
- The "meaningfulness" criteria? What is required for an idea to be "meaningful"?
- Faculties: define (according to Hume) perception, memory, imagination, and reason/thinking?
- The three principles of association (or rules): what are they?
- Relations of Ideas vs. Matters of Fact - explain the difference. Each deals with a different "realm of reality" (or objects). Explain. What is the "test" that is used to distinguish these two? Which of these (R of I or M of F) is Hume interested in?
- In what way is Hume a skeptic? Explain his skepticism of gravity, soul, God, etc
- What does the knowledge of cause and effect ultimately consist of? What does it boil down to? Is it direct knowledge of the causal "forces" that "glue" cause and effect together? Or is knowledge of cause and effect something else? Is knowledge of cause and effect about certainty or probability? Explain.
Wednesday, March 23rd
The FINAL PAPER (and ROUGH DRAFT) is now posted below. I'll also bring a copy to class this week or next.
Monday, March 21st
I have just posted reading READING QUESTIONS (for the final exam) and OUTLINES for our TWO David Hume readings in the Enquiry (sections 2, 3, 4, 5) and Miracles (section 10). The reading questions work the same was as did the reading questions for Plato: the Hume and Nietzsche reading questions will be used on the final exam.
Also, the ROUGH DRAFT for your final paper is due Sunday, April 3rd at 11:59 pm via turnitin.com I will be bringing copies of the final paper/rough draft to class this week and I'll post it here later this eve.
Finally, DO NOT FORGET to sign up for annotations if you have not already done so:
1. Go to my office door, 120K Founders
2. Sign up for a time you can make.
3. Come to your appt and bring EVERYTHING that is a primary text to your appt that we have covered up to the date of your appt.
4. if you cannot make any of the times email me with times that you can make.
Wednesday, March 9th
I should be caught up on all grading this week. MIDTERMS will be returned next week along with MIDTERM REPAIR OPTIONS for those who wish/need to do that.
Next week, Monday or Tuesday there will be a QUIZ. The quiz will focus on the following: a) Aristotle's four causes; b) Descartes' foundational theory of knowledge - what is it?; c) Descartes' method for discovering 100% certain truth; d) Descartes' distinction between "simple elements" and complex elements; e) What Descartes discovers that cannot be doubted. What is it? What are the properties of this UNDOUBTABLE thing?
If you did not get the RENE DESCARTES handout, Meditations 1 and 2 - please click here!
Wednesday, March 2nd
Next week we will be reading the first two meditations (ie, "chapters") of a book, "The Meditations," by the 17th century French philosopher Rene Descartes. I handed out the reading in class with the midterm. You can also access it here as well.
Also I will be discussing the transition from Plato to Descartes next week. I will be lecturing on what happened in philosophy (and historically) between the 4th century BCE (Plato) and the 17th century CE - so I will lecture on what happened during a 1,000 year period in philosophy. Philosophers or philosophical schools that I will cover will be: Aristotle, Stoicism, Epicureanism, Cynicism, and Christian philosophy. My lecture will be based on this handout!
Sunday, February 28
HW 2 (the dialogue HW) has been graded WITH COMMENTS for the Monday eve and Mon/Wed class. You will need to go to turnitin.com to see my comments and your grade. Most of you did very well with this HW. I learned a lot from some of these dialogues. Thank you!
1. Midterm exams: will be the 2nd class of the week for each section. So Monday eve (2nd half of class); Wednesday and Thursday for the Mon/Wed and Tues/Thurs classes.
2. I will be finishing up with "reality and knowledge" for the 1st class this week.
Wednesday, February 24
Mon/Wed class will have their quiz on Monday since class was cancelled on Monday
Wednesday, February 17
ALL 101 CLASSES: HW 3 is due (all classes), next Wednesday, February 24 at 11:59pm via turnitin.com . For HW 3 please answer ONE or TWO of the following questions: Book Six: 2, 3, 7, 8. Your answers should be typed, 1.5 spacing, and be ONE page in length. You may answer ONE or TWO questions just as long as you write one page.
Mon/Wed 11 am class: there will be a quiz on Wednesday, February 24
Tues/Thurs, 12:45pm class - There will be a quiz on Thursday, February 25
The quiz will cover reading reading questions 4, 6, 7, 10, 15, 16 from book 5 and #9 from Book 6 (you will be asked to "fill in the blanks for the divided line")