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As time is an issue, this syllabus is subject to change. Non-Deductive Arguments Common Fallacies Read: (R) How to Evaluate Arguments, 191-199 Wednesday, May 27th, Philosophy of Religion God (omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, omni-benevolent) Cosmological Arguments (Aquinas’ First, Second, and Third Way) Teleological Arguments (Aquinas’ Fifth Way, Paley) The Role of Conceivability & Darwin Movie: Selections from The God’s Must Be Crazy Hume’s Objections Read: Handout: Aquinas, Paley, Hume (R) Ch.2 through section 2.4 Thursday, May 28th, Philosophy of Religion cont.1st Short Answer Due; Distribute 2nd Short Answer Ontological Argument (St.
2 section 2.5; Ch.3 Week Two: Monday, June 1st, Philosophy of Religion cont.2nd Short Answer Due; Distribute 3rd Short Answer Rationality and Theistic Belief Neurological Underpinnings?
Pascal’s Wager Russell Read: Handout: Pascal & Russell, Why I am not a Christian Tuesday, June 2nd, Philosophy of Religion cont.
Movie: Minority Report (145) or Gattaca Thursday, June 25th, Ethics9th Short Answer Due; Distribute 10th Short Answer Wrap-up Discussion: Free Will Utilitarianism (Act vs.
Madeline Collins After watching the movie Gattaca and taking this class it really made me think.
People that are created through the natural process are considered "invalid".
With out being able to pick and choose the genes that are passed on to their children the human being becomes more susceptible to things like illness, mental illness, and have a much shorter lifespan than the "valids".
Additionally, be on time, turn off your cell phones, don’t interrupt your fellow students (or me), stay awake, and generally be respectful. and I will always end the class on time or a few minutes early.
I will not tolerate students loudly putting their books away five minutes before class ends, so don’t do it!
Analyzing Knowledge Gettier cases Externalism (Reliabilism) vs.
Internalism Read: Gettier, Is Justified True Belief Knowledge? Thursday, June 11th, Philosophy of Mind5th Short Answer Due; Distribute 6th Short Answer What is it to be conscious? The Problem of Other Minds (Heider-Simmel) Mirror Neurons & Autism Knowing Other Minds by Analogy (Russell) Objections (Ryle) The Mind-Body Problem (How are they related? Methodological) Read: (R) Chapter 6 Handout: Russell, excerpt from Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits Lycan, The Mind-Body Problem Week Four: Monday, June 15th, Philosophy of Mind cont.