Philosophy 1    The Nature of Philosophy
Spring, 2006            Richard Arneson, Professor
                                 Nina Davis, TA.

MWF 1:00-2:00 in Warren Lecture Hall 2113

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(Contains information you need on assignments, readings, etc. not duplicated below)

Readings besides the course texts will be available from this web page in a few days.

Week 1.

Week 2.

Week 3.
Monday: William Paley, "The Watch and the Watchmaker" (The Evidence of Design).  Click on blue.
Wednesday: R. Hambourger, "The Argument from Design."  Click on blue.
Friday: A. Grunbaum, "Psychoanalysis and Theism."  Click on blue.

Week 4.
Monday: David Lewis, "Evil for Freedom's Sake?".  Click on blue.
Monday: Handout, Summary of Lewis.  Click on blue.
Wednesday: B. Pascal, "The Wager"; also R. Adams, "Moral Arguments for Theistic Belief." Click on blue.
Friday: S. Kierkegaard, "Subjectivity is Truth."  Click on blue.  Handout: Advance information on midterm exam.

Week 5.
Monday: R. Adams, "Kierkegaard's Arguments against Objective Reasoning in Religion."  Click on blue.
Handout: Blackboard notes on Kierkegaard.  Click on blue.

Week 6.
Monday: Handout: What the logical positivists were against.  Click on blue.

Week 7.
Monday: E. Gettier, "Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?".  Click on blue.
Monday: Lecture notes on possible worlds and Twin Earth.   Click on blue.
Wednesday: R. Nozick, "Knowledge and Skepticism."  Click on blue.
Wednesday: Writing assignment.  Click on blue. Due May 31.
Wednesday: Brief guide to writing philosophy papers.  Click on blue.  Tips on writing philosophy papers.  Click on blue.
Friday: D. Lewis, "Elusive Knowledge."  Click on blue.
Friday: Handout on skepticism.  click on blue.

Week 8.
Monday: K. Popper, "Conjectures and Refutations."  Click on blue.
Wednesday: T. Kuhn, excerpt from The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.  Click on blue.
Wednesday evening: Makeup class in Warren Lecture Hall 2114, 7:00-7:50 p.m.  Lecture Notes.  Click on blue.
Friday:   B.F. Skinner, "The Causes of Behavior."  Click on blue.
Memorial Day weekend: Instructor available for email consultation up to Tuesday May 30, 8.a.m. at      [that is double "r" between "san" and "com"]
TA Nina Davis also can be reached by email, her email address is ncdavis(at sign)

Week 9.
Wednesday morning 10:00-12:00. TA Nina Davis has office hours in HSS 7055.
Wednesday and Friday: No class.  Wednesday: WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE.
Weekend: Instructor available for email consultation Saturday evening, June 3 and Sunday, June 4

Week 10.
Monday: J.J.C. Smart, "Sensations and Brain Processes."  Click on blue.  Handout: Searle vs. materialism.  Click on blue.
Wednesday: J. Fodor, "The Mind-Body Problem."  Click on blue.
Wednesday evening.  Makeup class, Center Hall 205, 7:00-7:50 p.m. F. Jackson, "Epiphenomenal Qualia"; also P. Churchland, "Eliminative Materialism."  Click on blue.  Notes for makeup lecture.  Click on blue.
Friday: D. Chalmers, "The Puzzle of Conscious Experience."  Click on blue.
Friday: Advance information on final exam.  Click on blue.

FINAL EXAM: THURSDAY, JUNE 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Warren Lecture Hall 2113.