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Suffolk Community College, Selden, New York 11784
PL 11: I S S U E S I N P H I L O S O P H Y
Instructor: Dr.Gertrude Postl Office H120, Southampton Building

Spring 2006, Section 2955 Tel. 451-4860 (Main Office: 451-4093)



Time: M/W 3:30-4:45 p.m. Office Hours: M/W 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

T/T 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


O B J E C T I V E S

Upon successful completion of Issues in Philosophy (PL 11), the student will be able to:

(1) identify traditional and current issues in epistemology and metaphysics;

(2) distinguish between and critically assess major approaches in epistemology, such as Empiricism, Rationalism and Skepticism;

(3) distinguish and critically assess competing metaphysical approaches, for example, in Mind-Body, Personal Identity, and Freewill;

(4) demonstrate skills of information management (basic on-line and/or library research).

Procedures for accomplishing these objectives: Lectures, class discussion, in-class group projects, written assignments;
T E X T S:

1) Plato, Republic, trans., G.M. A. Grube, revised by C.D.C. Reeve, 2nd ed., Hackett, 1992.

2) Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy, trans. Donald A. Cress, 3rd ed., Hackett, 1993.

3) David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, ed. by Eric Steinberg, 2nd ed., Hackett, 1993.

4) Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil. Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future, trans. Walter Kaufmann, Vintage, 1989.

5) Sigmund Freud, The Ego and the Id, trans. Joan Riviere, revised and ed. By James Strachey, Norton, 1960.


R E Q U I R E M E N T S:

1) FOUR QUIZZES: quiz 1 (Plato) - 2/13 quiz 3 (Hume) - 4/3

quiz 2 (Descartes) - 3/13 quiz 4 (Nietzsche) - 4/26

Quizzes will consist of brief essay questions relating to the readings of the respective philosopher. The lowest quiz-grade will be dropped. No make-up quizzes!


2) ONE PAPER - A RESPONSE JOURNAL

Choose either one of the philosophers we discuss in class (Plato, Descartes, Hume, Nietzsche or Freud) and write a response paper to their respective text. Go along as we read the text, write a brief summary of the main arguments, and comment on those as detailed as possible. These comments may include critical evaluations, explanations why you like/dislike this text (or parts thereof), attempts to relate it to our time and your own experience, associations with other texts you have read or films you have seen, etc.

This paper should be at least four pages long, typed, double-spaced, and in the appropriate academic format (name, title, correct quotation). Deadlines: for Plato 2/22; for Descartes 3/20; for Hume 4/17; for Nietzsche 5/3. Papers received after the deadline will not be accepted! No paper on Freud!
3) A FINAL EXAM (5/10)

This exam will involve definitions, brief essay questions and one essay. It will cover material from the entire semester.


4) CLASS PARTICIPATION, READING ASSIGNMENTS AND BEHAVIOR




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