Philosophy

Week of May the Fourth be with you!

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To review for the IB exam
  • Review for IB exam/ Work on materials from other classes
Tuesday To review for the IB exam
  • Review for IB exam/ Work on materials from other classes
Wednesday
  • Citizen Four
Thursday
  • Citizen Four
Friday
  • Discussion of Citizen Four

Week of April 27

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand two ecocentric approaches to enviromental ethics
  • Lecture/Discussion - Ecocentric approaches to enviromental ethics

Read and annotate deep Ecology article - Tomorrow;

IB testing review - Tomorrow - 3:10-4:15 - Room A211

Tuesday To understand deep ecology
  • Journal: Do you agree with the Deep ecology article? Why or why not?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Deep ecology and eco-feminisim
IB testing review - Today - 3:10-4:15 - Room A211
Wednesday To review for the ethics midterm
  • Ethics review
Thursday
  • Ethics midterm
Friday
  • No school

Week of April 20

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To introduce environmental ethics
  • Journal: What questions do you have for tomorrow's exam?
  • Lecture/Discussion environmental ethics
  • Wednesday's assignment
Taylor midterm - tomorrow
Tuesday
  • Taylor exam
Wednesday
  • Substitute
  • Read and annotate "People or Penguins"
Read and annotate "People or Penguins" - Tomorrow
Thursday To understand anthropocentric approaches to environmental ethics
  • Journal - Answer the following in small groups:
    • What does Baxter propose as the “four principles for framing solutions to solving problems human organization?”
    • What are the implications of these four principles for how people should interact with the environment?
    • How does Baxter respond to his critics?
    • What are the strengths and weaknesses of Baxter’s argument? Do you agree with Baxter? Why or why not?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Anthropocentric approaches to environmental ethics
Friday To understand non- anthropocentric approaches to environmental ethics
  • Lecture/Discussion - Ecocentric approaches to environmental ethics
  • Ethics midterm topics
Read and annotate Deep Ecology article

Week of April 13

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the structure and preparation requirements for the Taylor midterm
  • Taylor midterm topics
  • Taylor topic brainstorm time

1 page brainstorm of key concepts for your assigned topic - due tomorrow;

Nozick reading and annotation - Thursday

Tuesday To review Taylor
  • Student driven Taylor Review Discussion

Nozick reading and annotation - Thursday;

4 Taylor outlines - due Friday (1 page each)

Wednesday To understand the Rawls' theory of justice
  • Work on Taylor outlines
  • Lecture/Discussion - Rawls theory of justice

Nozick reading and annotation - Thursday;

4 Taylor outlines - due Friday (1 page each)

Thursday To understand Nozick's libertarian theory of justice
  • Work on Taylor outlines
  • Lecture/discussion - Nozick's libertarianism
4 Taylor outlines - due Friday (1 page each)
Friday To review Taylor
  • Taylor review presentation and questions
Taylor midterm - Tuesday, April 21

Week of March 30

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To assess the stregnths and weaknesses of virtue ethics
  • Journal - Make a t chart. List as many strenths and weaknesses of Aristotle's ethical system as you can
  • Lecture/Discussion - strenths and weaknesses of Aristotle's ethical system
  • Last minute PA Qs
PA due tomorrow :)
Tuesday To conduct the original position thought experiment
  • ToC: Original position thought experiment (in groups of three)
  • Taylor reading time (time allowing)

Taylor 10 - Due Tomorrow;

Rawls reading and annotation - Due Monday, April 13

Wednesday To understand the two main theories of distributive justice
  • Lecture/Discussion - Distributive justice: 2 Theories
  • Video - Richard Wilkinson TED talk
    • What is Wilkinson's arguement?
    • What evidence does he use to support it?
    • Does Wilkinson's presentationsupport procedural or end state theories? Explain.
    • What is the strength of Wilkinson's argument?
  • Discussion of the video
Rawls reading and annotation - Due Monday, April 13
Thursday To understand Rawls' theory of Justice
  • Lecture /discussion - Rawls' theory of justice
Rawls reading and annotation - Due Monday, April 13
Friday
  • No School!

Week of March 23

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the difference between act and rule utilitarianism
  • Lecture/Discussion - Rule utilitarianism
  • Rauhut reading time

Rauhut on Aristotle - tomorrow;

Taylor 9 - Thursday;

Spring PA - Tuesday, March 31

Tuesday To understand Aristotle's ethical theory
  • Journal: What is the essential difference between Aristotle's ethical theory and that of Kant?
  • Discussion of Rauhut
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to Aristotle's ethical theory

Taylor 9 - Thursday;

Spring PA - Tuesday, March 31

Wednesday To understand Aristotle's ethical theory
  • Lecture/Discussion - Aristotle's ethical theory

Taylor 9 - Thursday;

Spring PA - Tuesday, March 31

Thursday To work on the Spring PA
  • Spring PA work day
Spring PA - Tuesday, March 31
Friday To discuss Taylor chapter 9
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 9
Spring PA - Tuesday, March 31

Week of March 16

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand Mill's conception of Humans dignity
  • ToK with us! announcement.
  • Journal - Re-read paragraph 5. How is mill's conception of Human dignity similar to and different from Kant's conception of Human dignity. Be prepared to support your answer with references from the document
  • Lecture/Discussion - Mill's Conception of Higher and lower pleasures and the basis for Human dignity

Mill 8-end - Tomorrow;

Taylor 8 (on-line only) - Wednesday

Tuesday To understand Why people will choose lower over higher pleasures according to Mill
  • Journal - Journal - Re-read the first sentence of paragraph seven. Is Mill an elitist? Explain your answer.
  • Resume discussion of dignity
  • Lecture/Discussion - Mill, the principle of utility, democracy and the common good
Taylor 8 - Tomorrow
Wednesday To understand the relationship between the principle of utility and Mill's standard for higher v. lower pleasures
  • Journal - Write down as many strengths and weaknesses of utilitarianism as you can. be prepared to explain
  • Strengths and weaknesses brainstorm
  • Lecture/Discussion - Rule utilitarianism
Taylor 9 reading guide - Wednesday, March 25
Thursday To understand Taylor chapter 8
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 8

Read Rauhut on Aristotle - Monday, March 23;

Taylor 9 reading guide - Wednesday, March 25

Friday To understand Taylor chapter 8
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 8

Read Rauhut on Aristotle - Monday, March 23;

Taylor 9 reading guide - Wednesday, March 25

Week of March 9

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To discuss Taylor, chapter 6
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor, chapter 6
  • Handout Mill/Mill reading time

Read and annotate Mill, paragraphs 1-2;

Taylor 7 reading guide - Due Wednesday

Tuesday To understand Mill's idea of value
  • Lecture/discussion - Introduction to Mill
  • Mill reading time

Read and annotate Mill Paragraphs 3-5 - Tomorrow;

Taylor 7 reading guide - Due Wednesday

Wednesday To understand Mill's distinction between higher and lower pleasures
  • Journal - Is Mill's assertion that some pleasures are superior to others justified? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Mill on higher and lower pleasures

Taylor 8 reading guide - Due Wednesday, March 18;

Read and annotate Mill 6-7 - Monday, March 16

Thursday To understand Taylor, chapter 7
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor, chapter 7

Taylor 8 reading guide - Due Wednesday, March 18;

Read and annotate Mill 6-7 - Monday, March 16

Friday  
  • PA consultations

Taylor 8 reading guide - Due Wednesday, March 18;

Read and annotate Mill 6-7 - Monday, March 16

Week of March 2

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To discuss "Those who Walked Away from Omelas"
  • Journal - If you lived in Omelas, what would you do and why? Are we Omelas? Explain.
  • Read Brooks article
  • Whole class discussion of Omelas

Read and Annotate Rauhut on utilitarianism;

Taylor 6 due tomorrow;

PA topic proposals - due Friday

Tuesday To understand how utilitarianism was a response to industrialization
  • Journal: How do you reconcile the conflict between the rights of the individual and the good of the many? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to utilitarianism
  • Rauhut reading time

Read and annotate Bentham excerpts;

PA topic proposals - due Friday

Wednesday To understand Bentham's calculus of felicity
  • Lecture/Discussion - Bentham and the principle of utility
  • Bentham's pleasure calculator

PA topic proposals - due Friday;

Taylor 7 - Due Tuesday, March 10

Thursday To understand Taylor 6
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 6

Taylor 7 - Due Tuesday, March 10;

PA topic proposals - due Friday;

Friday To apply Taylor chapter six to modern life
  • Finish lecture/Discussion of Taylor chapter 6
  • Discussion - To what extent is our society subjectivist?
Taylor 7 - Due Tuesday, March 10

Week of February 23

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the third version of Kant's categorical imperative
  • Lecture/discussion - Finish perfect and imperfect duties and the third version of Kant's categorical imperative
Tuesday To assess the strengths and weaknesses of Kant's ethical system
  • Lecture/Discussion - The third version of the categorical imperative
  • Lecture/Discussion - Strengths and weaknesses of Kant

Prepare a flow chart that describes the steps by which Kant determines whether an action is ethical and morally laudable. Be prepared to describe the steps in this process.

The identify what you consider to be the three most significant passages from the document for understanding this theory. Explain the significance of each.

Wednesday To discuss the extent to which you are a Kantian?
  • Journal - To what extent has Kant successfully described an ethical system that is a) correct and b) non-relative? Explain and provide examples.
  • Review ends and means
  • Whole class discussion - Does Kant succeed?
Taylor 6 study guide - due Tuesday
Thursday To understand Taylor chapter 5
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 5

Read and be prepared to discuss - "Those who walked away from Omelas" - Monday;

Taylor 6 study guide - due Tuesday

Friday To understand Taylor chapter 5
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 5 (review of Key points)
  • Reading time - "Those who Walk Away From Omelas"

Read and be prepared to discuss - "Those who walked away from Omelas" - Monday;

Taylor 6 study guide - due Tuesday

Week of February 16

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No school!
Tuesday To understand the categorical imperative
  • Journal - Review section 17 to 23. According to Kant, what is the difference between categorical and hypothetical imperatives?
  • Discuss categories of actions
  • Lecture/Discussion - Categorical and hypothetical imperatives

Taylor 5 reading guide - Thursday;

Read and annotate Kant - paragraphs 25-41 - Wednesday;

Taylor 1-4 quiz - Thursday, February 19

Wednesday To understand Kant's distinction between perfect and imperfect duties
  • Journal - In your own words describe the difference between a categorical and hypothetical imperative
  • Lecture/Discussion - Categorical imperatives
  • Review Taylor 1-4

Taylor 1-4 quiz - tomorrow

Thursday  
  • Taylor 1-4 quiz
  • Second Semester PA
  • Return Early Term exams
Finish Kant - Monday
Friday To understand Kant's distinction between perfect and imperfect duties
  • Re-read Kant paragraphs 37-41. How and why are the duties for each of the four situations described different, according to Kant?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kant - Perfect and imperfect duties
Finish Kant - Monday

Week of February 9

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No school
Tuesday To understand Taylor's horizons of significance
  • Finish Taylor chapter four
  • Taylor 1-4 quiz info
  • "What is Enlightenment"

Kant 9-24 - Thursday;

Taylor 1-4 quiz - Thursday, February 19

Wednesday To understand Kant's four categories of actions
  • Read "What is Enlightenment". Journal - What does this reading suggest about how Kant will construct his ethical system? How will his system likely differ from previous systems of ethics. Be prepared to support your observations with quotations.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to Kant

Kant 9-24 - Thursday

Taylor 1-4 quiz - Thursday, February 19

Thursday To distinguish between hypothetical and categorical imperatives
  • Journal - Read Kant paragraph 16. What do you think Kant is saying here? Explain in your own words. The read Kant paragraph 1. What is Kant saying here?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Will, inclination and the good will.

Read and annotate Kant - paragraphs 25-41 - Tuesday;

Taylor 5 reading guide - Wednesday;

Taylor 1-4 quiz - Thursday, February 19

Friday To understand the difference between perfect and imperfect duties
  • Lecture/Discussion - Moral categories of actions
  • Journal - Using actual experiences, identify 1 example of each category of action from your life. Explain how each example fits into the category into which you have placed it.
  • Discuss journal

Read and annotate Kant - paragraphs 25-41 - Tuesday;

Taylor 5 reading guide - Wednesday;

Taylor 1-4 quiz - Thursday, February 19

Week of February 2

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Substitute - Read and annotate Taylor chapter 4 and Kant sections 1-4
Tuesday To finish discussion of Taylor chapter 3
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 3 (conclude)
  • Lecture/Discussion - Ethical egoism
Taylor 4 - Tomorrow
Wednesday To u understand what Kant means by the "good will"
  • Lecture/Discussion - Ethical egoism - finish
  • Read and discuss Kant's "What is Enlightenment" - What is Kant's main idea?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Intro to Kant
Kant sections 5-7 - Tuesday.
Thursday To understand how authenticity requires "horizons of significance"
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor, chapter 4
Kant sections 5-7 - Tuesday.
Friday To understand how authenticity requires "horizons of significance"
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor, chapter 4
Kant sections 5-7 - Tuesday.

Week of January 26

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the impact of the liberal Enlightenment tradition on ethics
  • In small groups, read your assigned thinker and answer the questions on the bottom of the page
  • Lecture/Discussion - Ethics and the liberal tradition

Read and annotate Schick - Tomorrow;

Read and annotate Nussbaum - Wednesday

Tuesday To understand ethical egoism
  • Journal - Based on your reading of Schick, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the relativist position? To what extent do you consider yourself a relativist?
  • Lecture/discussion - Ethical Relativism
Read and annotate Nussbaum - Wednesday
Wednesday To discuss whether we can pass ethical judgment on other cultures
  • Discussion - Can we judge other cultures?

Read and annotate Rand - Thursday;

Taylor 4 - due Monday, February 2

Thursday To understand Rand's ethical egoism
  • Journal - Are all of our actions motivated by self interest?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Ayn Rand and ethical egoism
Taylor 4 - due Monday, February 2
Friday To understand Taylor's definition of authenticity
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 3

Kant, Part 1 - Due Tuesday, February 3

Taylor 4 - due Monday, February 2

Week of January 19

Make up day - Thursday, January 22 - Both lunches and after school!

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No school
Tuesday To discuss the ethical implications of abortion
  • Journal - What is the basis for how we determine whether or not something is right? Explain your answer
  • In small groups - Make a t chart in which you brainstorm the possible reasons that abortion could be seen as ethically right or ethically wrong. Try to avoid opinion and focus on the standards that could be used to answer this question.
  • Class discussion

Taylor 3 - Due Monday, January 26;

Senate Torture Report annotations and questions, focusing on the question "under what circumstances is torture ethically acceptable?"- due tomorrow

Make up day - Thursday, January 22 - Both lunches and after school!

Wednesday To discuss the ethical implications of capital punishment
  • Journal - Describe your reaction to the parts of the Senate report you read. What part of the report most surprised you? Be prepared to cite a specific section (please use the page numbers
  • In small groups - In small groups, using information from your annotations, Make a t chart in which you brainstorm the possible reasons that torture could be seen as ethically right or ethically wrong. Try to avoid opinion and focus on the standards that could be used to answer this question.
  • Class discussion

Taylor 3 - Due Monday, January 26;

Make up day - Thursday, January 22 - Both lunches and after school!

Thursday To understand Taylor, chapter 2
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor 2

Taylor 3 - Due Monday, January 26:

Make up day - Thursday, January 22 - Both lunches and after school!

Friday To discuss Taylor chapter 2
  • Taylor 2 discussion

 

Read and annotate Rand - Tuesday;

Taylor 3 - Due Monday, January 26

Week of January12

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand Hume's Illusion theory of the self
  • Lecture/Discussion - Hume on the self

Read Dennett;

Exam - Wednesday

Tuesday To discuss Dennett's "Where Am I?"
  • Exam questions
  • Discussion of Dennett

Taylor chapter 2 reading guide - Due Tuesday, January 20;

Exam - tomorrow

Wednesday
  • Existentialism/Personal identity exam

Taylor chapter 2 reading guide - Due Tuesday, January 20;

Read an annotate torture article - Tuesday, January 20

Thursday To understand Taylor Chapter 1
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 1

Taylor chapter 2 reading guide - Due Tuesday, January 20;

Read an annotate torture article - Tuesday, January 20

Friday To discuss the implications of Taylor chapter 1
  • Discussion - Are the Malaises really malaises?

Taylor chapter 2 reading guide - Due Tuesday, January 20;

Read an annotate torture article - Tuesday, January 20

Week of January 5

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the scope and sequence of the second semester
  • Existentialism/Personal identity exam prompts
  • Second semester scope and sequence
  • Locke reading time (time allowing)

Read and annotate Locke - Tomorrow;

Taylor chapter 1 reading guide - Monday, January 12

Existentialism/personal identity exam - Wenesday, January 14

Tuesday To understand Locke's theory of personal identity
  • Journal - What advantages does Locke's theory have over body theory? What are the weaknesses of this theory?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Locke's memory theory of personal identity

Read and annotate Hume - Tomorrow;

Taylor chapter 1 reading guide - Monday, January 12

Existentialism/personal identity exam - Wenesday, January 14

Wednesday To understand Hume's theory of personal identity
  • Journal - In your own words, what is Hume's theory of personal identity? Identify a quote from the document that best supports this statement. Is Hume right? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Hume's theory of personal identity

Taylor chapter 1 reading guide - Monday, January 12

Existentialism/personal identity exam - Wenesday, January 14

Thursday To get to know Charles Taylor and his work
  • Journal - What questions do you still have regarding Hume's theory?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Discuss Hume

Taylor chapter 1 reading guide - Monday, January 12

Existentialism/personal identity exam - Wenesday, January 14

Friday
  • No Schoolio!

Week of December 15 - FINALS WEEK

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Memory theory
Tuesday
  • Lecture/discussion - Illusion theory
Wednesday
  • Does the final really exist?
Thursday
  • No Class
Friday
  • No Class

 

Week of December 8

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Discuss Nietszche reading
Sartre annotation - Due tomorrow
Tuesday
  • Journal - With a partner answer the following questions based the Sartre document:
    1. How are the themes of existentialism visible in this reading?
    2. To what extent is Sartre in agreement or conflict with the previous three existentialist authors we have examined? Be prepared to offer examples.
    3. What is Sartre's overall argument?
    4. Do you agree with Sartre's argument?
    5. What questions do you have regrading the reading?
  • Sartre document discussion
Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion Sartre
Thursday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Sartre and Bad Faith
  • Journal/Partner discussion - Do you agree with Sartre's main argument? Where is the argument at its strongest and where is it at its weakest?
  • Whole class discussion of Sartre
Friday
  • Substitute
  • Read handout on substance theories

Week of December 1

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Finish Kierkegarrd
Tuesday To understand the existentialist perspective of Ivan from Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov
  • Journal - with a partner, answer the following questions: 1) What is Ivan's argument? 2) How does this argument relate to the themes of existentialism? 3) How is this argument similar to and different from that of Kierkegaard?
  • Lecture Discussion - Dostoyevsky and his argument
Read and annotate Nietzsche - Tomorrow
Wednesday To understand the ideas of Nietszche
  • Journal - Does the problem of evil present an insermountable problem for religion? Explain
  • Lecture/Discussion - Nietszche
Thursday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Heidegger and being
Friday
  • Discuss Heidegger readings

Week of November 17

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Week of November 10

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Exam review
Tuesday
  • No School
Wednesday
  • Midterm
Thursday
  • Journal - How did the exam go yesterday? What will you do differently to prepare for the final? How could I help you opn the final?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to existentialism
Friday

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the difference between surface freedom and deeper Freedom
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kane pt. 1

Read and annotate Kane pt. 2 A and B including crossed out parts- Tuesday;

Midterm - Wednesday, November 12

Tuesday To understand Kane's argument for free will
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kane pt. 2
Midterm - Wednesday, November 12
Wednesday To understand Kane's argument for free will
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kane pt. 2
Midterm - Wednesday, November 12
Thursday To Assess the stregnths and weakensses of Kane's Theory
  • Lecture/Discussion - Stregnths and weaknesses of Kane
  • Philosophical analysis questions and work time
Midterm - Wednesday, November 12
Friday To debate free will and determinism
  • Free will and determinism SAC
Midterm - Wednesday, November 12

Week of October 27

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No school
Tuesday To understand deep self compatibilism
  • Lecture/Discussion - Deep self compatibilism
  • Chisholm/Kane reading time

Read and annotate Chisholm - Tomorrow;

Read and annotate Kane, pt. 1 - Thursday

Wednesday To understand libertarianism
  • Journal - In your own words, how do Hard determinism, soft determinism and libertarianism differ.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Libertarianism
  • Reading time - Kane pt. 1
Read and annotate Kane, pt. 1 - Thursday
Thursday To discuss what freedom means
  • Journal - Is Walden to a good society? Explain the reasoning behind your answer
  • Discussion of Kane pt. 1
Read and annotate Kane, pt. 2 - Monday
Friday To discuss male privilege
  • Male privilege discussion
Read and annotate Kane, pt. 2 - Monday

Week of October 20

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To discuss PA topics
  • PA topic discussion and questions
  • Lecture/Discussion - finish hard determinism
  • Stace reading time
Read and annotate Stace - Tuesday, October 21
Tuesday To understand Stace's argument on Freedom
  • Journal - Complete the assigned Stace discussion questions with your partner
  • Structured Discussion - Stace and free will
Read and annotate Frankfurt - Thursday
Wednesday To understand Stace's argument on Freedom
  • Journal - Do you agree with Stace? Why or why not?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Stace and soft determinism
Read and annotate Frankfurt - Thursday
Thursday To understand deep self compatibilism
  • Journal - With a partner, identify the most significant difference between Stace and Frankfurt.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Frankfurt and deep self compatibilism
Read and annotate Chisholm - Monday
Friday To discuss white male privilege
  • Discussion of white male privilege
Read and annotate Chisholm - Monday

Week of October 13

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand Singer's equal consideration of interests argument
  • Lecture/Discussion - Singer and the equal consideration of interests
  • Reminder and format for PA topic proposals
  • Reading time and discussion questions - d'Holbach

Read and annotate d'Holbach;

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Tuesday

To understand the broad outlines of the debate over philosophical freedom
  • Journal - What does it mean to have free will? Explain your answer through the use of examples
  • Debrief journal
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to the question of free will
  • d'Holbach reading time

Read and annotate d'Holbach;

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Wednesday To understand the broad outlines of the debate over philosophical freedom
  • Journal - What impact would a supreme being (God) have on human free will? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Fate and divine predestination
  • d' Holbach reading time

Read and annotate d'Holbach - tomorrow

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Thursday To understand d' Holbach's hard determinism
  • Journal - With a partner discuss d'Holbach's argument. Is he right? Explain
  • Structured discussion - d'Holbach's theory
Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17
Friday To understand the varieties of hard determinist thought
  • Journal - d'Holbach does not directly discuss ethics, but if he did, what do you think his ethical theory might look like?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Hard determinism
Read and annotate Stace - Tuesday, October 21

Week of October 6

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand Carruthers' position on animal minds
  • Lecture/Discussion - Carruthers and the HOT theory of consciousness
  • Singer reading time
Read and annotate Singer - Tomorrow
Tuesday To understand Singer's position on our ethical obligation to animals
  • Journal - In small groups - put Singer's argument into standard form (premises and a conclusion). What issue has been important for each of the other philosophers we have examined regarding animal minds that seems irrelevant to Singer's argument? Why do you think this is the case?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Peter Singer and equal consideration of interests
  • Gadamer Questions:
    • How is this writing different from what we have read before?
    • How does Gadamer define language? What definitions does he reject?
    • How and to what extent does Gadamer's treatment of language differ from that of Turing, Descartes and Carruthers?
    • Identify three quotes from the document that you find particularly striking.

Read and annotate Gadamer pt. 1 - Tomorrow;

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Wednesday To debate the extent to which we have ethical obligations to animals
  • Journal - Is it ethically justified to eat meat and use products that are developed through animal testing? Describe three reasons for your position.
  • Circle discussion on our ethical responsibility to animals

Read and annotate Gadamer pt. 2 - Tomorrow;

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Thursday To discuss Gadamer's "definition" of language
  • Discussion - a close reading of Gadamer
Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17
Friday
  • Conclude language discussion
  • Hand back/discuss unit one exam
  • Unit 3 outline and reading packet

Read and annotate d'Holbach - Tuesday, October 14;

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Week of September 29

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand what makes the use of language significant
  • Debrief Turing test activity

Read and annotate Carruthers document - Wednesday;

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Tuesday To understand how Turing responds to the objections to AI
  • Journal - Which of the objections to AI raised in the Turing Article do you think is the most valid? Explain
  • Lecture/Discussion - Turing responds to objections to AI

Read and annotate Carruthers document - Thursday;

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Wednesday To understand Carruthers argument regarding animal minds
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish Turing
  • PA Model/Rubric discussion and assessment

Read and annotate Carruthers document - Thursday;

Read and annotate Singer - Monday, October 6;

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Thursday To understand the IB IA
  • IB IA model and discussion

Read and annotate Singer - Monday, October 6;

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Friday To discuss the extent to which we still live in a racist/sexist society
  • Journal - Do you agree with Carruther's argument? What do you think is his strongest point? What is his weakest point?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Carruthers

Read and annotate Singer - Monday, October 6;

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Week of September 22

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To debrief the unit one exam
  • Journal - How well do you think you did on yesterday's exam? What could you have done differently to prepare better? What could Mr. Haydock have done differently to help you prepare?
  • Discuss Journal
  • Descartes reading time

Read and Annotate Descartes - Tomorrow;

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Tuesday To understand Descartes position on the possibility of animal and machine minds
  • ToC: With a partner, share and discuss responses to discussion question two. Then, find two supporting quotations from the document (one for each factor referenced in question two). Finally, discuss and record whether you agree or disagree with Descartes‘ regarding the two factors that separate people from machines/animals.
  • Moderated discussion - Descartes on Humans, animals and machines
  • Lecture recap - Descartes' argument

Read and Annotate Turing article - Thursday

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Wednesday To understand the history of Alan Turing and the development of AI
  • Is Descartes’ resistance to the possibility of animal and machine minds similar to many people’s reflexive resistance to Dennett’s ideas regarding consciousness? Explain the reasons for your answer.
  • Discuss Journal
  • Lecture/Discussion - Allan Turing and the dawn of the computer age
  • Turing reading time

Read and Annotate Turing article - Thursday

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Thursday To understand the Turing test and objections to it
  • ToC: Do you agree with Alan Turing regrading the possibility of AI? Explain.
  • Moderated discussion - The Turing Test and possibility of AI
  • Set up tomorrow's activity - Language, computers and the imitation game

Read and Annotate Carruthers article - Tuesday, September 30

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Friday To employ the Turing Test to determine the key differences between people and computers
  • ToC - What is the Turing Test? Would Alan Turing have agreed or disagreed with Descartes regarding the possibility of animal minds? Explain your answer.
  • Turing test activity
  • Data analysis - what is it that computers can't do? (and was Descartes right?)
  • Discussion (time allowing)

Read and Annotate Carruthers article - Tuesday, September 30

Fall PA topic proposals - Friday, October 17

Week of September 15

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand Dennett's theory of the hard problem of consciousness
  • Journal - What is the difference between the hard and easy problems of consciousness? Does the hard problem destroy materialism?
  • Lecture/discussion - Daniel Dennett on the hard problem of consciousness
Tuesday To understand Dennett's theory of the hard problem of consciousness
  • Journal - Read Dennett excepts. Identify the two passages that most clearly explain Dennett's rejection of the hard problem. Highlight them and explain them in your own words.
  • Finish Dennett discussion
  • Theory review
Wednesday To review for the unit one exam
  • Unit 1 exam review and strategies
Thursday To review for the unit one exam
  • Unit 1 exam review
Friday  
  • Unit 1 exam
 

Week of September 8

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the unit 1 exam
  • IB philosophy paper 1 format
  • They are made of meat (twice)
  • Unit 1 exam

Read, annotate and answer discussion questions on Nagel and Chalmers - Thursday;

Unit one exam - Wednesday, September 17

Tuesday To understand the functionalist theories of mind
  • Lecture/discusion - Weaknesses of MBI (continued)
  • Journal - Find a partner. Begin a game of chess with that person. Play for five minutes and then discuss and answer the questions posed by Mr. Haydock
  • Lecture/Discussion - Functionalism

Read, annotate and answer discussion questions on Nagel and Chalmers - Thursday;

Unit one exam - Wednesday, September 17

Wednesday To understand the Chinese room objection to functionalism
  • Lecture/discussion - Strengths and weaknesses of functionalism

Read, annotate and answer discussion questions on Nagel and Chalmers - Thursday;

Unit one exam - Wednesday, September 17

Thursday To understand the hard problem of consciousness
  • Journal - What is the connection between John Searles' Chinese room thought experiment and the arguments made by Nagel and Chalmers?
  • Discussion - Chalmers, Nagel and the hard problem of consciousness
Unit one exam - Wednesday, September 17
Friday To understand Dennett's rejection of the big problem of consciousness
  • Continue Nagel discussion
  • Lecture/Discussion - approaches to the hard problem of consciousness
Unit one exam - Wednesday, September 17

Week of September 1

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School!
Tuesday To understand logical behaviorism
  • Journal - define the following in your own words: Cogito, substance dualism, the problem of interaction, solipsism
  • Concept review
  • Lecture/Discussion - Logical behaviorism
Read and annotate Palmer on Mind brain identity theory (packet pp. 8-10) - Wednesday, September 3
Wednesday To understand mind-brain identity theory (MBI)
  • Journal - A 23rd century brain-o-scope can read and map perfectly every electrical and chemical impulse in you brain. If you are put into the brain-o-scope, can the operator read your mind? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - MBI
  • Jackson reading time - time allowing
Read and annotate Jackson focusing on questions one and two and answering the question - Does Jackson demonstrate that MBI is wrong.
Thursday To debate materialism
  • Structured Academic controversy (SAC)
  • Jackson SAC - Round 1
  • Jackson SAC - Round 2
  • Culminating discussion - Does Jackson destroy materialism?
Functionalism readings - Due Monday, September 8
Friday To understand the strengths and weaknesses of MBI
  • Journal - Does Jackson destroy materialism?
  • Culminating discussion on the weaknesses of materialism
Functionalism readings - Due Monday, September 8

Week of August 25

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand what is meant by ontology and its relation to the mind-body problem
  • Journal - Hugo is hyper intelligent computer from the 23rd century. Hugo knows everything about the physical universe. Does Hugo know everything about you? Explain your answer.
  • The textbook (Palmer) and it's relation to the unit
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to the mind-body problem: ontology
Read and annotate the Descartes excerpts focusing on the steps of his argument (packet, pp. 18-19) - Tuesday
Tuesday To understand Descartes' Cogito
  • Journal: 1) What questions do you have from last night's reading? 2) What is Descartes' argument? 3) Do you think this argument is sound?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Descartes and the Cogito
Read and annotate Palmer on dualism (packet, pp. 1-3 stop at materialism) - Wednesday
Wednesday To assess the strengths and weaknesses of Descartes' Dualism
  • Journal - Make a T-chart. One one side, brainstorm the strengths of Descartes' dualism and on the other the weaknesses. Are you a dualist?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Implications, strengths and weaknesses of dualism
Read and annotate Palmer on Gilbert Ryle (packet pp. 5-6 to the end of the university example) - Tomorrow
Thursday To understand Ryle's category error critique of dualism
  • Journal - To the best of your understanding, describe Ryle's critique of Descartes
  • Lecture/Discussion - Ryle, The Ghost in the Machine and the origins of materialism
  • Palmer reading time (time allowing)
Read and annotate Palmer on Mind brain identity theory (packet pp. 8-10) - Wednesday
Friday To understand the fall PA
  • Discussion of the Fall PA
  • Listen, look at the Five examples. Indicate whether you think each is good art. Please explain your answer
  • Friday discussion - what makes good art?
Read and annotate Palmer on Mind brain identity theory (packet pp. 8-10) - Wednesday, September 3

Week of August 18

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To explore theories on the relationship of the mind to the body
  • Theory gallery walk
Tuesday To explore theories on the relationship of the mind to the body
  • Finish theory gallery walk
  • Theory groups
Wednesday To explore theories on the relationship of the mind to the body
  • Theory group work time
  • Lecture/discussion - Basic philosophical concepts (time allowing)
Theory group presentations - Tomorrow
Thursday To explore theories on the relationship of the mind to the body
  • Theory group presentations
Friday To explore theories on the relationship of the mind to the body
  • Unit 1 outline and reading packet
  • Theory group presentations

Week of August 11

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To discuss BIG issues
  • Sit with the people who have the same topic as you
  • Big issues ACAR
  • ACAR
Tuesday To understand the philosophy and meachnics of the class
  • Welcome/Introduction
  • Syllabus
  • Testing
  • The philosophy of philosophy
  • ACAR issue discussion
Syllabus signature page - Friday
Wednesday To understand how to annotate philosophical texts and participate in class dicsussions
  • Annotating philosophical texts
  • Russell reading
  • ACAR issues
Read and Annotate Russell - Friday
Thursday To understand the philosophy of mind project
  • Russell reading time
  • Mind-Body Project
  • Discussion preparations

Read and Annotate Russell - Friday;

Mind -Body project - Monday, August 18

Friday To discuss Russell's
the importance of philosophy
  • Insmall groups, answer the following questions:
    • What does Russell mean by the self and the not self? Why is this significant to his argument?
    • What is Russell's critique of the so called practical man? Is this critique valid?
    • What is the value of philosophy?
  • Russell discussion - Whole group
Mind -Body project - Monday, August 18