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. Maggie Brown, Being playful with your education
2. WORKSHEET: PM1, Breaking out of Whatification

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

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

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

Week Five: I Heart Huckabees
1. Begin reading Plato, Apology of Socrates
2. Watch a film: 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. 
3. WORKSHEET: PM235 I Heart Huckabees

Week Six: Greek Moral Resistance
1. 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: American Moral Resistance
1. M. L. King, “Letter from a Birmingham jail”
2. Malcolm X, “The Ballot or the bullet”
3. ASSIGNMENT: 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 quote from each source that made you think. Include that quote at the beginning of your essay; let it act as the guide for your response to these two Americans. Print your notes and bring with you to class for discussion day.

Week Eight: Critical consciousness
1. Paulo Freire, Educating for Critical Consciousness, Read Ch. 1 and Ch. 2
2. ASSIGNMENT: 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 quote from each source that made you think. Include that quote at the beginning of your essay; let it act as the guide for your response to these two Americans. Print your notes and bring with you to class for discussion day.

Week Nine: TBD by students in class

Week Ten: TBD by students in class

Week Eleven: TBD by students in class

Week Twelve: TBD by students in class

Week Thirteen: TBD by students in class

Week Fourteen: TBD by students in class

Week Fifteen: TBD by students in class

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