Introduction to Philosophy Assignments, Fall 2009
For 11/30. Read Peter Singer, "Down on the Factory Farm," plus Alasdair Norcross, "Puppies, Pigs, and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases."
11/23. Re-read chapters 3 and 4 of Utilitarianism, and read chapter 5.
11/18. Read chapters 3 and 4 of Utilitarianism.
For 11/16. Jeremy Bentham, Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation. Please read chapters I-IV (pages 14-34), Mill Utilitarianism Chapters 1 and 2.
11/9. Kant, Groundwork Part II.
11/4. Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, preface and part I.
10/23. Read the selections of Lucretius on justice and Porphyry on animals. Also re-read Principal Doctrines 31 through 40.
10/17 and 10/19. Read Epicurus, Principal Doctrines and Letter to Meneoceus, plus Cicero On Ends.
10/12. Read Paley, in defense of the Divine Command Theory.
10/10. Read Hume on skepticism
10/7. Russell, Problems of Philosophy, chapters 1 through 3.
10/5. Read Meditations on First Philosophy by Descartes, second meditation.
9/30. Read Meditations on First Philosophy by Descartes, first meditation.
9/23. Read Hume, Of Liberty and Necessity
9/21. Read Chisholm, Human Freedom and the Self.
For 9/16. Read Holbach, I Am Determined
For 9/14. Should we fear death? Please read Lucretius on the fear of death, Epicurus on the fear of death, and Nagel on death (all on uLearn).
For 9/9. Is death annihilation? Please read Clarke on death, Hume on death, and Lucretius on mortality (all on uLearn). Note that I said "Epicurus on death" last class, when I should have said the Epicurean Lucretius.
For 9/2. Please read Augustine, on Evil as a privation, and re-read Leibniz.
For 8/31. Please read the selections by Swinburne on the free will defense and Leibniz's theodicy.
For 8/26. Please read the book of Job.
For 8/24. Please read the selection by David Hume on the problem of evil, "The Maimed and Abortive Children of Nature," available on uLearn.
Please read James Pryor's descriptions of
what an argument is, of vocabulary describing arguments, and of some good and bad arguments.
In the 'vocabulary' section, please do the exercises and bring them to class. Please also log onto uLearn, post a question to the bulletin board, and glance at the Hume selection (just to make sure you can do so, no need to read it now).
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