Introduction to Philosophy Assignments, Fall 2010



For 11/30. Read Peter Singer, "Down on the Factory Farm," plus Alasdair Norcross, "Puppies, Pigs, and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases."
11/18. Mill, Chapter 5.
11/16. Mill, chapters 3 and 4
11/11. Bentham (Chapters 1 and 4) and Mill, chapters 1 and 2.
11/9. Kant, Groundwork Part II.
11/4. Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, preface and part I.

10/26. Read the selections of Lucretius on justice and Porphyry on animals. Also re-read Principal Doctrines 31 through 40.
10/19 and 10/21. Read Epicurus, Principal Doctrines and Letter to Meneoceus, plus Cicero On Ends.
10/14. Read Paley, in defense of the Divine Command Theory.
10/12. Russell, Problems of Philosophy, chapters 1 through 3.
10/7. Read Hume on skepticism.
10/5. Read Meditations on First Philosophy by Descartes, second meditation, and "What's so bad about living in the Matrix?"
For 9/28. Read, Descartes, Meditations on first philosophy: meditation 1.
For 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 9/7. Please read the selections by Swinburne on the free will defense "Swinburne-on-evil") and Leibniz's theodicy ("Leibniz-theodicy").

For 9/2. Please read the selections from the Book of Job ("Job-on-evil") available on uLearn.
For 8/31. Please read the selection by David Hume on the problem of evil, "The Maimed and Abortive Children of Nature," ("Hume-on-evil") available on uLearn.
For 8/26.

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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