2019 — Philosophy course


Here you will find the readings for my Spring 2019 course. Check back frequently for updates.
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Have the assigned readings completed by the time you get to your first class of the week which will be primarily a lecture and exploration class. Our second class each week will emphasize discussions, one on one or in small groups. Be sure you download and complete any worksheet’s assigned for the week and bring them to your discussion day.

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Week One: Introductory exploration of the course as well as discussions of the following readings:
1. READ: M. Brown, Being playful with your education
2. WORKSHEET: PM1, Breaking out of Whatification

Week Two: What is philosophizing?
1. READ: K. Jaspers, Way to Wisdom, Ch. 1
2. WORKSHEET: PM002, Reading Ch. 1 of Jaspers

Week Three: Disclosing the source of philosophizing.
1. READ: K. Jaspers, Way to Wisdom, Ch. 2
2. WORKSHEET: PM005, Reading Ch. 2 of Jaspers

Week Four: Finding the Way
1. READ: Lu & Brown, Dào Dé Jing (selections as noted)
2. WORKSHEET: PM004, Reading Laozi

Week Five: I Heart Huckabees
1. WATCH: I HEART HUCKABEES streaming on Amazon. (Sometimes findable on YouTube and Vimeo.) The movie has a lot of philosophical impact.  But it also has some vulgarity and sexual situations. Just a Mature Audience reminder. 
2. READ: Begin Plato, Apology of Socrates
3. WORKSHEETPM235 I Heart Huckabee

Week Six: Greek Moral Resistance
1. READ: Complete reading Plato, Apology of Socrates (link above)
2. RESPONSE ESSAY: Write at least 350-400 words… Create a response to the text in which you elucidate the charges against Socrates, how Socrates categorizes his accusers, and the main points Socrates offers in his own defense. Given the overall argument, would you find him innocent or guilty? Do you believe that one person can corrupt an entire city? What is the most intriguing aspect to you about Socrates and his defense? What has this to do with understanding ethics? Be sure you pay attention to the notes: for instance, Socrates talks about two (2) sets of accusers: those who have talked about him over the years AND those who have actually brought charges in this trial. So when you are responding, remember to take that and other issues into account. The notes are there to help. 
3. REMINDER: Midterm Self Reflection. Be sure to read over a few times the Midterm Self-Reflection assignment contained here. Don’t forget it will be due before too long. Make sure you are fully aware of the due date, as well as know what option you are doing. No late papers will be accepted.

Week Seven: Catch up before Spring Break

Week Eight: Catch up after Spring Break
1. WATCH: Peter Coffin, “Consumer Identity is Cultivated Identity”
2. WATCH: Peter Coffin, “College Admission Scandal
3. Supplemental: Ep. 2, “3 Robots,” of Love Death & Robots [on Netflix]
4. ASSIGNMENT: No assignment will be given to see if you have read the text. Please read it without the threat of grade punishment.

Week Nine: Workism and education
1. READ:Workism is making Americans miserable,” by D. Thompson, The Atlantic, 24 Feb 2019.
2. Supplemental: Peter Coffin on Meritocracy
3. RESPONSE ESSAY: For this reading, write a short paragraph (400+ words total) that elucidates the main argument made by the thinker. Be sure that you include two (2) short quotes or one (1) long quote from the reading that made you think. **Include the quote(s) at the beginning of your essay.** The quote(s) should act as guide for your response. Print your notes and bring with you to class for discussion day.

Week Ten: Critical consciousness
1. READ: Paulo Freire, Educating for Critical Consciousness, Read Ch. 1 and Ch. 2
2. RESPONSE ESSAY: For each reading, write a short paragraph (200+ words per paragraph; 400+ words total) that elucidates the main argument made by the thinkers. Be sure that you include one short quote from each chapter , notions that made you think. **Include the quote(s) at the beginning of your essay.** Let them act as the guide for your response to Freire. Print your notes and bring with you to class for discussion day.

Week Eleven: Film portrayals of labor and wealth inequality
1. WATCH: Fritz Lang, Metropolis
2. Supplemental: Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times (selections)
3. Supplemental: Philosophy Tube, Should the rich help the poor?
4. RESPONSE ESSAY: Pick any scene in Lang’s Metropolis and use P. Freire’s notions of critical consciousness to offer an analysis of the scene. Pay particular attention to the key distinction drawn between integration and adaptation. You may also bring in anything helpful from other course materials, lectures or discussions. Remember, when doing such an analysis, you do not need to give a lengthy description of the scene. Take for granted that your reader has seen the movie, and you simply need to reference the scene and do your analysis of it. Just be sure to use a professional citation format (MLA, APA, etc) to cite your sources. 400+ words total for this essay. Include your word count at the top of your essay.

Week Twelve: Women, healthcare, science etc.
1. PLEASE READ: A. Fetters, How Women’s ‘health-care gaslighting’ went mainstream.
2. PLEASE READ: M. B. Griggs, Online trolls are harassing a scientist who helped take the first picture of a blackhole.
2. Supplemental reading: D. E. Hoffmann & A. J. Tarzian. The girl who cried pain: A bias against women in the treatment of pain. 
3. Supplemental reading: A. Samulowitz et al, “Brave men” and “Emotional women”: A theory-guided literature review on gender bias in health care and gendered norms towards patients with chronic pain.
4. ASSIGNMENT: No assignment will be given to see if you have read the text. Please read it without the threat of grade punishment.

Week Thirteen: Anarchy and Freedom
1. PLEASE READ: M. Pahndeepah, ed., A Booklet Read first article for sure.
2. Supplemental reading: M. Pahndeepah, ed., the other two articles in A Booklet (link in #1).
3. Supplemental reading: Papantonopoulou, “Straightness must be destroyed.”
4. ASSIGNMENT: No assignment will be given to see if you have read the text. Please read it without the threat of grade punishment.

Week Fourteen: Failure
1. PLEASE READ: Halberstam, The Queer art of failure
2. PLEASE READ: A. Margen, Fifteen drawings that are an incredible reflection on what is wrong with society.
3. Supplemental reading: Grohmann, Queering the economy
4. ASSIGNMENT: No assignment will be given to see if you have read the text. Please read it without the threat of grade punishment.

Week Fifteen: American Moral Resistance
1. READ: M. L. King, “Letter from a Birmingham jail”
2. READ: Malcolm X, “The Ballot or the bullet”
3. Final Exam, Part 1: Vision Mission Target Collage
4. Final Exam, Part 2: For each reading, write a short paragraph (300+ words per paragraph; 600+ words total) that elucidates the main argument made by the thinkers. Be sure that you include one quote from each source, notions that made you really think. Include the quotes at the beginning of your essay; let them act as the guide for your response to these two Americans. You should also cite at least one other thinker we have read during the semester who helps you to explore the teachings of MLK and Malcolm X.

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