Sunday, May 1st
I've posted final grades so please check the website and let me know if you have any questions. Have a GREAT SUMMER and it's been a pleasure philosophizing with you this past semester.
In the Fall I'll be teaching 101, 105 (critical thinking), 123 (20th century) and 130 (Political philosophy).
Tuesday, April 26th
I will post here when I've completed your final grades this week.
I will be teaching the following classes this summer and then in the fall:
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
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 -
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
The readings (updated!!!) and the dates for the final exam, final paper due date are now listed below on the schedule page.
Thursday, April 7th
Our last HW will be due next Wednesday, April 13th, 11:59 pm on turnitin.com . Please do the following:
- Identify one or two paragraphs in the MacIntyre text (from his book, After Virtue) that particularly interest you or that you see as a passage that the reading is expresses a core idea in that reading. Then do the following:
- Summarize the section in your own words - 1/3 to 1/2 a page
- Respond to the section with questions or possible objections.
- Length: one to 1.5 pages, 1.5 spacing..
Friday, April 1
HERE IS A COPY OF THE FINAL PAPER IN CASE YOU DIDN'T GET IT IN CLASS.
Tuesday, March 15th
As I did not post the quiz concepts last week (we need to discuss Kant further as we will today) we will NOT have a quiz on Tuesday.. We will have a quiz on Thursday, March 17th. Quiz concepts are: a) act vs rule utilitarianism; b) Williams' "integrity argument" (Extra credit question), c) Kant concepts: good will/ practical reason, duty, practical love, a apriori, misology, inclinations, categorical imperative, kingdom of ends.
Thursday, March 10th
Here is an excellent Yale lecture (by Prof Gendler) on Williams & Kant that you might enjoy. I will post the quiz concepts after lecture today.
Tuesday, March 8th
All quizzes, homeworks have been graded - please see website for grades. I will have HW 3 graded later this week. There will be a quiz next Tuesday
Thursday, March 3rd
HW 3 is due next Monday, March 7 at 11:59 pm via turnitin.com . Here are the instructions:
Length: 1 page
Topic: please summarize act and rule utilitarianism. Explain the advantages of rule utilitarianism according to Hospoers and then discuss an objection to either rule utilitarianism (see Hospers) OR ALL FORMS OF UTILITARIANISM according to Williams. At the end of your analysis you may state whether you agree or not with these criticisms.
Wednesday, March 2nd
The ethics blackboard exam is now working (it was not accessible until now unfortunately). You may now take the quiz.
I have extended the due date to MARCH 12, 11:59 pm. There are 20 questions and you have 35 minutes to complete the quiz. BE SURE TO REVIEW THE EXAM HANDOUT BEFORE YOU TAKE THE QUIZ!!!!
You may take the quiz as many times as you wish. I will ONLY count the first two attempts for those wishing to receive an A or B. After that you have unlimited attempts to score a C (but no attempt after the first two will count higher than a C).
Wednesday, February 24th
The first online exam will be ready for you at midnight tonight. The exam covers some basic vocabulary that I want you to know to prepare us for the next section of the course (utilitarianism, deontology and virtue ethics) – some of which we have not yet covered in class.
However these terms are mentioned in the readings and I prepared a handout with definitions of these terms. So the quiz should not be that difficult if you simply review the handout before you take the quiz. The link is available here.
I have also pasted this link on the website.
Since there is some new terms on this quiz you have until Friday, March 4, midnight to complete the quiz. The handout has details about the exam. Good luck.
Tuesday, February 23rd
The reading list has been updated (slightly) below.
The online blackboard quiz will open at midnight tomorrow night (Wed, 11:59 pm) not this evening. You will have two chances to earn an A or B on the quiz. After that you will have unlimited chances to earn a C. The quiz will be available for ten days.
Annotation sign ups are now available - sign up at my office door at 120K Founders Hall (1st floor)