Quizzes will consist of brief essay questions relating to the reading of the respective philosopher. The lowest quiz-grade will be dropped. No make-up quizzes! 2) TWO PAPERS
One paper has to be on either Plato or Descartes, the other on Hume, Nietzsche, or Sartre. Please note the deadlines Each paper should be at least four pages long (it may be longer), typed, double-spaced, and in the appropriate academic format. Deadlines: for Plato 10/2; for Descartes 10/25; for Hume 11/15; for Nietzsche 12/6, for Sartre 12/13. Papers received after the deadline will not be accepted! See separate handout for details and topics.
3) FIVE TEXT REPORTS
Before a text is discussed in class, each student has to turn in a brief account of the text in question. Each report has to be approx. one page long, indicating the main themes discussed in the respective text. See schedule for deadlines. Focus only on the sections listed on the course outline. The purpose of these reports is not to demonstrate full comprehension of the text but to show that a text has been read at all.
4) CLASS PARTICIPATION, READING ASSIGNMENTS AND BEHAVIOR
Class participation means to participate in the common effort of discussion in order to complement the reading material and to accomplish the aims stated in the course objectives. Absolute unwillingness to participate will result in a lower final grade. "Talking a lot" is not necessarily participation. Reading assignments have to be completed before class meetings. It is not enough to read a text; one should also be able to talk about it. Biographical and historical background information on each author will be included in the quizzes.
Disruptive or inconsiderate behavior (including walking in and out of the classroom during class time) will affect the grade. Cell phones and beepers have to be switched off during class time.
5) ATTENDANCE POLICY
The college defines excessive absence or lateness as more than the equivalent of one week of class meetings during the semester. In this course, students are allowed no more than three absences! Any additional absence will affect the grade. Excessive absence or lateness may lead to failure in the course or removal from the class roster. If a student is late, the time will be added up and will thereby also contribute to the amount of absences. It is the student's obligation to sign the sign-up sheet which will be passed around. If a student misses a class due to sickness or other justifiable reasons, evidence needs to be shown as soon as possible! In this case the absence will be excused. If a student drops the class after the official withdraw-date (10/29) without justifiable reason, he/she will receive an "F" for the course. No “W” will be given after the official withdraw-date.
G R A D I N G
4 Quizzes: 35% of the final grade
2 Papers: 40% of the final grade
5 Text Reports: 15% of the final grade
Class Participation: 10% of the final grade
Excessive absence will lower the final grade!
P L A G I A R I S M:
“In writing, students must fully acknowledge the source of any paraphrased passages and any ideas which they have borrowed. Failure to conform to these academic standards is plagiarism and may result in a failing grade for the course and/or serious disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the Code of Conduct” (SCCC Catalog, p.69). Plagiarism of any kind will result in a “0” for the assignment in question and in repeated cases in an “F” for the course. Severe cases will be reported to the Dean of Students Office.
S C H E D U L E Tu 8/28: Introduction: What is philosophy? The areas and issues of philosophy; philosophy vs. mythology, religion, and science; historical framework: Greek, medieval, and modern thought;
Epistemology: knowledge vs. sense perception; idealism; truth and reality; learning as recollection;
Metaphysics: immortality of the soul; theory of forms;
Personhood: body vs. soul; the question of death; reincarnation of the soul;
Ethics: the good as highest idea; the life of the philosopher as practice of death;
Th 8/30: Introduction to Plato