Philosophy

Taylor Book return - Tuesday, May 24

Ethics Midterm - Wednesday, May 4

Taylor Midterm - Wednesday, May 11

All Midterms must be completed by Friday May 13. If you know you will miss one of the scheduled exams, please make arrangements to make the test up prior to May 13

Week of May 23

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Philosophy philm phestival
Tuesday
  • Return Taylor - 2: 9:35, 3: 10:25
  • Philosophy philm phestival
Wednesday
  • Philosophy philm phestival
Thursday
  • Philosophy philm phestival
Friday
  • No class - Have a fabulous, thoughtful and happy life!

Week of May 16

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Philosophy philm phestival
Tuesday
  • Philosophy philm phestival
Wednesday
  • Substitute
  • Philosophy philm phestival
Thursday
  • Substitute
  • Philosophy philm phestival
Friday
  • Philosophy philm phestival

Week of May 9

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To review Taylor
  • Finish student Taylor review

Taylor midterm - Wednesday;

Deadline for exam make up - Friday, May 13;

Before school IB exam Review - Thursday 7-8 AM

Tuesday To review Taylor
  • Teacher Taylor review

Taylor midterm - Wednesday;

Deadline for exam make up - Friday, May 13;

Before school IB exam Review - Thursday 7-8 AM

Wednesday
  • Taylor midterm

Deadline for exam make up - Friday, May 13;

Before school IB exam Review - Thursday 7-8 AM

Thursday To review for the IB exam
  • IB exam Review

Deadline for exam make up - Friday, May 13;

Friday To review for the IB exam
  • IB Exam Review

Week of May 2

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To review Kant and the utilitarians
  • Ethics review - Kant and the utilitarians
Ethics exam - Wednesday
Tuesday To review for the ethics exam
  • Ethics review - Egoism, relativism, Levinas and Aristotle
Ethics exam - Wednesday
Wednesday
  • Ethics midterm
Thursday To review Taylor
  • Small group Taylor review activity
Taylor Midterm - May 11
Friday To review Taylor
  • Small group Taylor review presentations
Taylor Midterm - May 11

 

 

Week of April 25

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand John Rawls Argument regarding distributive ethics
  • lecture/Discussion - Distributive justice
  • Small group activity - principles!!
Read and Annotate Nozick - Tomorrow
Tuesday To understand Robert Nozick's libertarian argument
  • Journal - What is Nozick's principle argument regarding ethics and the distribution of wealth?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Nozick
  • Journal - From your perspective, what would principles would a just distribution of resources be based upon?
Taylor 10 - Tomorrow
Wednesday To understand Taylor 10
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor 10
Thursday To review the ethics theme
  • Ethics Review 1
  • Senior breakfast
Friday
  • No school

Week of April 18

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand and discuss Taylor, Chapter 8
  • Taylor chapter 8 - discussion

Taylor 9 - Due Thursday;

Deep ecology reading - Due Wednesday

Tuesday To assess anthropocentric approaches to environmental ethics
  • Journal - What are the problems with anthropocentric approaches to environmental ethics
  • Lecture/Discussion - Ecocentric approaches to enviromental ethics

Taylor 9 - Due Thursday;

Deep ecology reading - Due Wednesday

Wednesday To understand deep ecology
  • Journal - What is the difference between Baxter and Singer on environmental ethics?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Ecocentric approaches to enviromental ethics
  • Odyssey of a carbon atom
Taylor 9 - Due Friday;
Thursday To understand Taylor 9
  • Journal - Deep ecology questions
  • Discuss deep ecology article
  • Lecture/Discussion - Deep ecology and Ecofeminism

 

Taylor 9 - Due Friday;

Taylor 10 guide due Wednesday, April 27

Friday To understand Taylor 9
  • Discuss Taylor 9

Nozick reading - due Tuesday, April 26;

Taylor 10 guide due Wednesday, April 27

Week of April 12

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand what is meant by environmental ethics
  • Journal - What is our responsibility to the enviroment? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to environemental ethics
  • Baxter reading time

Read and annotate Baxter - tomorrow;

Taylor 8 (online only) - due Wednesday

Tuesday To discuss anthropocentric approaches
  • Journal - in groups of two or three, answer the questions from the overhead (presentation slide 7)
  • Lecture/Discussion - Baxter and the anthropocentric approach
Taylor 8 (online only) - due Wednesday
Wednesday To understand what is meant by an ecocentric approach to environmental ethics
  • Lecture/Discussion - Ecocentric approaches to environmental ethics
Thursday To discuss Taylor 8
  • Journal -
    • What is meant by the concept of "cultural literacy?" (after you define it on your own, you may look it up on the source of all things good and true)
    • Using the links from the Ethics of Authenticity page, Read the first two paragraphs of Pope's Windsor Forest. Thinking about the discussion of cultural literacy above, what concepts does pope assume readers have familiarity with? Make a list.
    • How is the role of nature portayed diffrently in Windsor Forest and Friedrich's wanderer above a Sea of Fog?
    • Using the links on the ethics of authenticity page, examine the Botticelli painting. What knoweldge does Botticelli assume on the part of his audience? What are the key symbols in this painting?
    • How is the concept of an angel different in the Botticelli painting than from the first paragraph of the Rilke poem Eligies?
  • Taylor 8 discussion
  • Journal - Using the links from the Ethics of autheticity page, read the lyrics to Tupac Shakur's Me Against the World. Based on Taylor's discussion of subjectivation of manner and matter and his idea of Triangulation, analyze the song. Is it good art by Taylor's standard? By yours?
Read and annotate Frank's "Politics and the Fracturing of Shared Reality" - Tomorrow
Friday To discuss Taylor 8
  • Journal
    • Using the links on the ethics of authenticity page, examine the Botticelli painting. What knoweldge does Botticelli assume on the part of his audience? What are the key symbols in this painting?
    • How is the concept of an angel different in the Botticelli painting than from the first paragraph of the Rilke poem Elegies?
  • Taylor 8 discussion
  • Journal - Using the links from the Ethics of autheticity page, read the lyrics to Tupac Shakur's Me Against the World. Based on Taylor's discussion of subjectivation of manner and matter and his idea of Triangulation, analyze the song. Is it good art by Taylor's standard? By yours? Be prepared to discuss on Monday.

Week of April 4

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand Aristotle's doctrine of the mean
  • Lecture/Discussion - Aristotle's doctrine of the mean

Spring PA - Due Tomoorrow;

Review Levinas - Tomorrow;

Taylor 7 - Due Thursday;

 

Tuesday To understand teh ethical position of Levinas
  • Levinas discussion

Taylor 7 - Dues Thursday;

Levinas reading - Tomorrow

Wednesday To understand the ethical position of Levinas
  • Lecture/Discussion - Levinas
  • Begin Reading Baxter

Taylor 7 - Due Thursday;

Baxter annotation - Due Tuesday

Thursday To understand the ethical position of Levinas
  • Substitute
  • Read Taylor 7/Taylor 8
Baxter annotation - Due Tuesday
Friday
  • Lecture/Discusion - Taylor 7
Baxter annotation - Due Tuesday

Week of March 21

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Substitute
  • Read Levinas article
Tuesday To assess the merits of Utilitarianism
  • Lecture/Discussion - Assessing utilitatianism

Read and annotate Aristotle, Book I parts 1-7, Book X part 6

Wednesday To understand Aristotle's concept of Happiness
  • Journal - Imagine a conversation between Aristotle, Mill and Kant regarding the idea of happiness. In groups of three, assign each person one of the above roles. The brainstorm a brief presentation to give to the other philosophers regarding what happiness is. Make your presentations and then, as a group, discuss what the major similarities and differences are between these three men.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Eudaimonia
  • Reading time - Finish Aristotle
Read and annotate Aristotle, Book I part 13, Book II parts 1-7
Thursday To understand Aristotle's doctrine of th mean
  • Lecture/Discussion - Aristotle's golden mean
Taylor 7 - Due Thursday, April 7
Friday
  • No School

Week of March 14

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the approach to the PA
  • Spring PA consultations
  • Read Mill 5-9

Mill 5-9 - Due tomorrow;

Taylor 6 - due - Wednesday

Tuesday To Understand how Mill distinguishes between higher and lower pleasures
  • Lecture/Discussion - Mill: higher and lower pleasures
Taylor 6 - due - Wednesday
Wednesday To understand rule utilitarianism
  • Journal - Is Mill an elitist?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Wrap up utilitarianism
Spring PA - Due April 5
Thursday To discuss Taylor 6
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor six
Spring PA - Due April 5
Friday To check for class understanding of Taylor 1-6
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor 6 (finish
  • Taylor 1-6 activity. Complete via survey
Spring PA - Due April 5

Week of March 7

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand Bentham's method for measuring happiness
  • Journal -Describe the process (Back IV -VI) by which Bentham determines whether an action is right or wrong. Can you turn this process into an equation?How effective is this process in measuring happiness/utility/right and wrong?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Bentham's calculus of utility

Taylor 5 - Wednesday;

Spring PA topic proposals - due tomorrow

Tuesday To understand Mill's idea of intrinsic v. instrumental value
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish Bentham
  • Journal - What did Kant say was the only thing in the world that is intrinsically valuable? What is Mill's answer to the same question? Be prepared to identify a quote from the Mill document
Taylor 5 - Wednesday
Wednesday To understand Mill's conception of higher and lower forms of happiness
  • Taylor 6 reading time
  • PA stimuli
  • Lecture/Discussion - Intro to Mill

Mill 5-9 - Monday, march 14;

Taylor 6 - Tuesday, March 15

Thursday To understand Taylor chapter 5
  • Small group discussion of assigned Taylor 5 question
  • Discuss Taylor 5

Mill 5-9 - Monday, march 14;

Taylor 6 - Tuesday, March 15

Friday To understand Taylor chapter 5
  • Journal - What is important to you in this election? Look at the last tweet on my twitter account (to the right of the agenda). Identify which two issues you consider to be the most important from the list of issues that have come up in the Republican and democratic debates so far. Be prepared to discuss and share with the class.
  • FFF - Current events and the election

Mill 5-9 - Tuesday, march 15;

Taylor 6 - Wednesday, March 16

Week of February 29

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To discuss the meaning of Omelas
  • Journal - Read the brooks article. What do you think the ethical implications of the Omelas story are? Think deeply.

Read and annotate Bentham excerpts - Wednesday

Tuesday To understand the historical context of utilitarianism
  • 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
  • Bentham reading time
Read and annotate Bentham excerpts - Wednesday
Wednesday To understand Bentham's utilitarianism
  • Journal/in small groups - Answer the questions from the presentation slide on Bentham
  • Lecture/Discussion - Bentham's utilitariansim
Taylor 5 reading guide - due Tuesday, March 7
Thursday To understand Taylor chapter 4
  • Journal - with a partner, try to put Taylor's argument in chapter 4 into standard form. be prepared to explain what his central point is. What questions do you have reagrding this chapter?
  • Discussion - Taylor chapter 4

Read and annotate Mill 1-5 - Monday;

Taylor 5 reading guide - due Tuesday, March 7

Friday To understand Taylor chapter 4
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 4

Read and annotate Mill 1-5 - Monday;

Taylor 5 reading guide - due Tuesday, March 7

Week of February 22

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand Kant's distinction between perfect and imperfect duties
  • Journal - According to Kant, why is a lying promise wrong? Explain in your own words.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Categorical and hypothetical imperatives and Perfect and imperfect duties

Read and annotate Kant 33-42 - tomorrow;

Read annotate Kant 43-end - Wednesday;

Read and annotate Taylor 4 - Friday

Tuesday To understand the second version of Kant's categorical imperative
  • Journal - With a partner, review your assigned example from Kant. Be prepared to explain why Kant categorizes each situation as an example of a perfect or imperfect duy. Explain using the terms we have discussed in this unit.
  • Lecture/discussion - Perfect and imperfect duties
  • Reading time (time allowing)

Read annotate Kant 43-end - Wednesday;

Read and annotate Taylor 4 - Friday

Wednesday To review and apply Kant
  • Journal - What is the second version of Kant's Categorical imperative? Explain
  • Lecture/Discussion - Persons, ends and dignity

Read and annotate Taylor 4 - Friday

Thursday To review basic Kantian concepts
  • Journal - With a partner - List and define five concepts that you consider to be essential to understand Kant. Then, describe the steps by which Kant's theory would determine if an action was ethical and whether or not one should be praised for doing it. Your steps should be numbered and you should include a paragraph reference for each step described
  • Discuss/Review Kant
Read and annotate Taylor 4 - Friday
Friday To apply Kant's theory to real world situations and assess its validity
  • Journal - How effective is Kant's theory in helping us to guide our ethical lives? Be prepared to offer one strength and one problem with his theory. Answer using specific examples.
  • Discussion - What is the value of Kant's theory?

Read Omelas and answer the questions - Monday

Week of February 15

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School
Tuesday To understand Kant's concept of moral praiseworthiness
  • Journal - Based on your reading of Kant 1-4, with a partner, answer the following questions as they pertain to the reading:
    • What does Kant mean by "the good will?"
    • What is the difference between "the good will" and other things of value?
    • How does this section connect to chapter 1 of Taylor? Explain
  • Lecture/Discussion - The good will and non-consequentialism
  • Reading time - Kant, sections 5-7
Read and annotate Kant 5-7 - due Thursday
Wednesday  
  • Rally!

Read and annotate Kant 5-7 - due Thursday

 

Thursday To understand the four categories of moral praiseworthiness
  • Journal - In the readings from last night, Kant identifies four categories of actions with regard to how morally praiseworthy those actions are. With a partner, try to identify and define the four categories Kant describes. Be prepared to share a supporting quote for each category.
  • Lecture/Discussion - The four categories of action
  • Journal - Think back on the last week. Identify and be prepared to explain an example from your life (something you did or witnessed) for each of the four categories of action.
  • Discuss journal

Read and annotate Kant 8-15 - due tomorrow

Read and annotate Kant 16-23 - Due Monday;

Read and annotate Taylor 4 - Wednesday, February 24

Friday To understand the distinction between categorical and hypothetical imperatives
  • Journal: What questions do you have regarding the Kant document so far?
  • Discuss Journal
  • Lecture/Discussion - Categorical and hypothetical imperatives
  • Journal - Kant gives us one example of a categorical imperative. Based on his definitions, can you think of other examples of the categorical imperative?

Read and annotate Kant 16-23 - Due Monday

Read and annotate Kant 34-42 (perfect and imperfect duties) - Tuesday;

Read and annotate Taylor 4 - Wednesday, February 24

Week of February 8

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School
Tuesday To finish discussion of Taylor 3
  • Journal - What definition of authenticity does Taylor use in chapter 3? What is the difference between authenticity and self determining freedom? Why is this distinction important?
  • Finish discussion of Taylor chapter three
  • Lecture/Discussion - Divine Command ethics
Read and Annotate Kant - "Metaphysics of Morals" pts. 1-4 - Friday
Wednesday To discuss Kant's "What is Enlightenment?"
  • Journal - Based on "WiE," what would Kant's likely response be to divine command ethics. Explain with a supporting quote from the document.
  • Journal - In small groups, answer the questions regarding the Kant essay from the presentation
  • Structured discussion of Kant's "What is Enlightenment?"
  • Lecture/Discussion - Three key Kantian ideas contained within "WiE"
Read and Annotate Kant - "Metaphysics of Morals" pts. 1-4 - Friday
Thursday To understand the arguments for various candidates for president
  • Teachable moment discussion of the 2016 election!!
Read and Annotate Kant - "Metaphysics of Morals" pts. 1-4 - Friday
Friday To develop a "big picture" view of Kant's ethics
  • Journal - What do you think was the most important idea from WIE with regard to ethics? Eplain
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kant overview
  • Reading time - Kant sections 5-7
Read and annotate Kant sections 5-7 - Wednesday

Week of February 1

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the distinction between psychological and ethical egoism
  • Journal: Is it possible to act in ways that we believe are contrary to our personal interests? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Psychological egoism
Read and annotate Locke and Hobbes - Wednesday
Tuesday To understand ethical egoism
  • Journal: "Government regulations (like minimum wage) and graduated taxation (taxing the rich at a higher rate than the poor) have the impact of punishing the creative, sucesseful, talented and creative and are therefore both bad for society and ethically wrong". To what extent do you agree? Discussin small groups and answer in your journal.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Rand's ethical egoism
Read and annotate Locke and Hobbes - Wednesday
Wednesday To understand the relationship between contractarianism and egoism
  • Journal: What are the potential weaknesses with Rand's argument?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish egoism
Thursday To discuss Taylor chapter three
  • Happy square day!
  • Read Smith excerpt
  • In small groups, discuss and answer the questions on the bottom of the Smith excerpt using all three sources.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Contractarianism

No Taylor next week!

Read and annotate Kant's "What is Enlightenment?" - Due Tuesday, February 9

Friday To understand Taylor chapter three
  • Questions on Taylor 3?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 3
Read and annotate Kant's "What is Enlightenment?" - Due Tuesday, February 9

Week of January 25

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the arguments for and against cultural relativism
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish Taylor chapter 1 (loss of freedom)
  • Lecture/Discussion - Cultural relativism

Read and annotate Nussbaum for Tuesday, January 26;

Taylor chapter 1 quiz - Wednesday

Tuesday To discuss and debate cultural relativism
  • Line up activity. 1 = completely disagree, 10 = completely agree with the following statement:

    It is never justifiable to judge the practices of another culture, because standards of right and wrong are specific to cultures and cannot be universalized to apply to a people at all places and all times.

  • Sit in the circle near people of similar mind on this issue. Discuss what the ethical response is to cultures that practice FGM. Do you agree or disagree with the four arguments on the last page? What other issues highlight the difficulty of judging other cultures
  • Nussbaum article discussion
Taylor chapter 1 quiz - Wednesday
Wednesday
  • Taylor chapter 1 quiz + reading time
Thursday To discuss Taylor chapter 2
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 2

Rand and Taylor chapter 3 reading guide - due Monday, February 1;

Lockes,Hobbes due Wednesday

Friday
  • No School

Week of January 19

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School
Tuesday To understand the varieties of subjectivism
  • Collect Taylor 1 Reading guide/Handout Taylor 2 reading guide
  • Lecture/Discussion - Subjectivism
Read and annotate Schick Cultural relativism article - Tomorrow
Wednesday To understand cultural relativism
  • Lecture/Discussion - Subjectivism/Cultural relativism
  • Taylor 1 discussion prep assignment

Taylor 2 reading guide - Monday, January 25;

Read and annotate Nussbaum for Tuesday, January 26

Thursday To understand Taylor chapter 1
  • Journal - 1) Rate your understanding of Taylor 1 on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being perfect understanding, 2) What questions do you have about Taylor chapter 1?
  • Moderated Discussion - Taylor chapter 1

Taylor 2 reading guide - Monday, January 25;

Read and annotate Nussbaum for Tuesday, January 26;

Taylor chapter 1 quiz - Wednesday, January 27

Friday To understand Taylor chapter 1
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter 1

Taylor 2 reading guide - Monday, January 25;

Read and annotate Nussbaum for Tuesday, January 26;

Taylor chapter 1 quiz - Wednesday, January 27

Week of January 12

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To explore several current issues that have ethical implications
  • Finish ethics presentations
Tuesday To understand the background to Charles Taylor and the context for The Ethics of Authenticity
  • Journal to small group - What does it mean to be authentic? How important is authenticity? Do you consider yourself authentic?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Charles Taylor and The Ethics of Authenticity

Read and annotate subjectivism article - due Friday;

Taylor chapter 1 study guide - Due Tuesday, January 19

Wednesday
  • Substitute
  • Read and annotate subjectivism article

Read and annotate subjectivism article - due Friday;

Taylor chapter 1 study guide - Due Tuesday, January 19

Thursday
  • Substitute
  • Read Taylor chapter 1 - complete study guide

Read and annotate subjectivism article - due Friday;

Taylor chapter 1 study guide - Due Tuesday, January 19

Friday To understand subjectivism and its strengths and weaknesses
  • Questions regarding Taylor?
  • Journal: When it comes to ethics, are you a subjectivist? What are your reasons for this position. be prepared to share.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Subjectivism

Taylor chapter 1 study guide - Due Tuesday, January 19

Week of January 4

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the structure of the Second Semester
  • Structure of the second semester handout and discussion
  • Return Final and reteach Soft determinism (compatiblism) and libertarianism
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to ethics I
Tuesday To explore several thought experiments involving ethics
  • Lecture/Discussion - What is ethics?
  • What would you do? Activity and discussion.
  • Discussion of tomorrow's assignment
Identify a story from the news or an issue that has ethical implications. Be prepared to briefly explain the story and how it relates to ethics. What principle of ethics might be used to resolve the situation described in the article? (One page, counts as an annotation, be prepared to share in small groups)
Wednesday To explore several current issues that have ethical implications
  • Small group presentations (groups of four)
  • Groups discuss and decide on one issue they wish to present to the class.
Thursday To explore several current issues that have ethical implications
  • Present articles and the ethical ideas they demonstrate
  • Decide on which article from your group you wish to present.
  • Plan a presentation which does the following:
    • Describes the issue involved and its significance.
    • Explains why the issue reflects ethical significance.
    • Explain and critique two different ethical approaches to the conflict posed by the issue
    • Your group should be prepared to discuss the extent to which individual members agree or disagree with the ethical perspective you have described regarding this issue.
Friday To understand who Charles Taylor is and what The Ethics of Authenticity is about
  • Journal to small group - What does it mean to be authentic? How important is authenticity? Do you consider yourself authentic/
  • FFF - Are you authentic?

Week of December 7

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the main concepts of Kierkegaard's thought
  • Journal - Questions on Kierkegaard?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kierkegaard
Read and annotate Dostoevsky - tomorrow
Tuesday To understand the main concepts of Kierkegaard's thought
  • Journal - How does the Dostoevsky excerpt illustrate themes common to existentialism?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Dostoevsky
Read and annotate Nietzsche - tommorrow
Wednesday To understand the main concepts of Nietzsche's thought
  • Journal - How does the Nietzsche's excerpt illustrate themes common to existentialism?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Nietszche
Read and annotate Sartre - Friday
Thursday
  • Catch up day
  • Final Exam topics
Read and annotate Sartre - Friday
Friday To understand the main concepts of Sartre's thought
  • Journal - How does the Sartre's excerpt illustrate themes common to existentialism?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Sartre

Week of November 30

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand Kane's concept of self forming actions
  • Journal - How does Kane Describe the difference between surface freedom and deeper freedom? Explain. What does he say is necessary for deeper freedom
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kane pt. 1
Tuesday To understand how Kane uses quantum theory to argue for free will
  • Journal - What questions do you have regarding Kane's argument for free will? Is his argument persuasive? Why or why not?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kane pt. 2 + strengths and weaknesses
Wednesday To debate Free will
  • Freedom SAC
Read and annotate Kierkegaard - Friday
Thursday To understand the historical context of existentialism
  • Lecture/Discussion - The historical context for existentialism
  • Reading Questions for Kierkegaard
    1. How are these passages different from what we have read in class before (try to pin down the essential difference)?
    2. What themes emerge from these passages? Be prepared to share your themes and quotations that support them.
    3. How do these passages reflect the themes of existentialism we discussed today?
    4. What is Kierkegaard’s relationship to religion?
    5. What questions emerge as you read these brief passages?
Read and annotate Kierkegaard - Friday
Friday To discuss Kierkegaard's Christian existentialism
  • Journal: What particualrly strikes you about Kierkegaard? What questions do you have regarding Kierkegaard?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Back ground and Biography to Kierkegaard
Read and annotate Nietzsche and Dostoevsky - Tuesday

 

Week of November 16

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To assess the strengths and weaknesses of deep-self compatiblism
  • Journal - How does Frankfurt's theory connect language to freedom?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Strengths and weaknesses of deep self compatibilism

Read and annotate Kane, pt. 1 - Wednesday;

Fall PA due Tomorrow, PAs will be accepted late at no penalty until Friday, November 20.

Tuesday To define what is meant by libertarianism
  • Journal - What does Chisholm say is necessary for humans to have free will? Is his argument persuasive?
  • Discussion - To what extent can there be a science of man?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to Libertarianism
  • Kane reading time

Read and annotate Kane, pt. 1 - Wednesday;

Fall PA due today, PAs will be accepted late at no penalty until Friday, November 20.

Wednesday To discuss what is meant by freedom and to ask how much freedom we need to actually be free
  • Socratic discussion of Kane, pt. 1
  • Journal - answer the following questions in writing:
    • Kane suggests that being free means being your own person. What does this mean?
    • To what extent does our freedom dependend on some baseline level of privacy? Be prepared to explain your answer
Fall PA s not submitted on Tuesday, will be accepted late at no penalty until Friday, November 20.
Thursday
  • Substitute
  • Kane, part 2 reading
Fall PA s not submitted on Tuesday, will be accepted late at no penalty until Friday, November 20.
Friday
  • Substitute
  • Kane, part 3 reading
Read and annotate Kane pt. 2-3 - Monday, November 30

Week of November 9

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand hard determinism
  • Collect Stace annotation
  • Lecture/Discussion - Hard determinism
Tuesday To understand the weaknesses of hard determinism
  • Journal - Identify a quote from d'Holbach that illustrates a key concept or with which you particualrly agree or disagree. Be prepared to share with the class
  • Lecture/Discussion - Weaknesses of hard determinism
Read and annotate Frankfurt - Friday
Wednesday
  • No School
Thursday To understand classical compatibilism
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish hard determinism
  • Journal - Answer the following questions in writing with a partner based on your reading of Stace:
    • What Does Stace mean when he says on p. 420 that the “dispute (over freedom) is merely verbal”? In this vein, explain what Stace means by the five legged man example.
    • Explain what Stace means when he says that the question of whether the world is deterministic or indeterministic is “wholly irrelevant to the problem of free will.”
    • Based on Staceʼs definition of free will, what makes an action free?
    • According to Stace, is punishment compatible with determinism? Why or why not?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Compatibilism
Read and annotate Frankfurt - Friday
Friday To understand deep self compatibilism
  • Journal - How Does Frankfurt change compatibilism? What does he claim sets people apart from wantons? What is the significance of this distinction
  • Lecture/Discussion - Compatibilism/Deep self compatibilism

Week of November 2

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand why Freedom is a philosophical issue
  • Journal - Questions on the exam?
Readand annotate d'Holbach - Thursday
Tuesday
  • Midterm exam
 
Wednesday To understand the hard determinist position on freedom
  • Journal - Are you free? Explain.
  • Lecture/discussion - Intro to Freedom

Read and annotate d'Holbach - Thursday

Read and annotate Stace - Friday

Thursday To work on the PA
  • Journal - What is d'Holbach's argument regarding freedom? Do you agree?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Fate, predetermination and divine knowedge
  • Discussion - d' Holbach and hard determinism
Read and annotate Stace - Monday
Friday To understand the compatibilist position on freedom
  • Journal - What arguments can be made agains the hard determinist position? Explain
  • Lecture/Discussion - Hard determinism
Read and annotate Stace - Monday

Week of October 26

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School

Fall PA proposals - Due Friday;

Midterm exam - Tuesday, November 3

Tuesday To understand the strengths and weaknesses of Locke's theory
  • Journal - What problems exist for Locke's Memory theory of personal identity? Which of these problems are problems of logic and which are problems of implication?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Strengths and weaknesses of memory theory
  • Midterm stimuli

Fall PA proposals - Due Friday;

Midterm exam - Tuesday, November 3

Wednesday To understand the extent to which the self is a social construction
  • Journal - Make a t chart. Label one side "aspects of the self determined by internal factors " and the other "aspects of the self determined by external factors". Brainstorm as many examples as you can onto each side. Which side is more important in shaping the self? Explain.
  • Social self reading. Read and answer the following questions:
    1. What are the social/historical factors that push us toward a definition of self that is individual or contained within us?
    2. How does the article argue for a social rather than an individual definition of self? What are the major points of this argument
    3. From your perspective, which is more important in defining the authentic self - the self or social and cultural factors?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Self and culture

Fall PA proposals - Due Friday;

Midterm exam - Tuesday, November 3

Thursday To understand Hume's denial of the persisting self
  • Journal - What is Hume's argument? What questions do you have regarding the Hume reading
  • Lecture/Discussion - Social Construction of the self
  • Discussion - Illusion theory of personal identity

Fall PA proposals - Due Friday;

Midterm exam - Tuesday, November 3

Friday To review for the midterm
  • Review for midterm/PA

Fall PA proposals - Due Friday;

Midterm exam - Tuesday, November 3

Week of October 19

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand Gadamer's conception of language
  • Journal - Identify two quotes from Gadamer that you find particularly interesting. Explain what Gadame r means.
  • Socratic Discussion - on Gadamer
  • Wrap up language mini-unit
Tuesday To think about what makes a person the same person over time
  • On a separate paper - What would you like to discuss in the next FFF? Describe and explain why it would be both philosophical and engaging
  • Elderly killer activity
  • Unit 4 reading packet
Read and annotate Rauhut from packet - Due Wednesday
Wednesday To introduce the problem of personal personal identity
  • Journal - What, if anything, makes you the same person today that you were when you were five? Explain
  • Lecture/Discussion - The problem of personal identity - introduction
Read and annotate Locke - Due Thursday
Thursday To understand the psychic continuity theory of personal identity
  • Journal - Consider the following: A great and powerful Djinn offers you the following bargain: When you wake up tomorrow, you will be the world's richest and most powerful person. The only catch is you will have no memory of your past life and no possible way of recovery those memories. Do you take the Djinn's offer? Why or why not?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Psychic continuity theory

Read and annotate Hume - Tuesday, October 27;

Midterm exam - Tuesday, November 3

Friday To discuss big issues
  • Midterm exam stimuli
  • FFF on topic chosen by our live studio audience

Read and annotate Hume - Tuesday, October 27

Midterm exam - Tuesday, November 3

Week of October 12

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To discuss our ethical obligation to animals
  • Journal - 1)What ethical obligation do we owe animals? 2) How should we conduct ourselves when our ethical obligations conflict with practicality?
  • Discussion

Read and annotate Wittgenstein - Tuesday;

Read and annotate Gadamer pt. 1 (59-64) - Wednesday;

Read and annotate Gadamer pt. 2 (64 - end) - Thursday

Tuesday To undestand the early Wittgenstein on Language
  • Substitute. Complete reading for this week

Read and annotate Gadamer pt. 1 (59-64) - Wednesday;

Read and annotate Gadamer pt. 2 (64 - end) - Thursday

Wednesday To undestand the early Wittgenstein on Language
  • There are typos (or in this case a voice-o) in the Tractatus reading. please make the following correction on your documents:

    4.002 Everyday language is a part of the human organism and is no less complicated than it. It is not humanly possible to gather immediately from it what the logic of language is.

    and

    4.003 Most of the propositions and questions to be found in philosophical works are not false but nonsensical. Consequently we cannot give any answer to questions that this kind, but can only establish that they are nonsensical.

  • Journal: Based on our discussions this year so far, why is language philosophically significant? Ansaswer with as many examples as you can that draw from specific class concepts and sources.
  • Continue to read and annotate Gadamer
  • Lecture Discussion - Wittgenstein and the Tractatus: Language as a logical system

Read and annotate Gadamer pt. 2 (64 - end) - Thursday

Thursday To understand the later Wittgenstein on language
  • Journal - In yesterday's groups:
    • Read 4.002 and 5.5563 what are the implications for philosophy?
    • Read 7 - It is actually the last line in the entire book. What does it mean?
    • How is the conception of language in PI different from that of T? Explain using examples from the text.
    • Which conception do you think is the most accurate?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Wittgentstein and language
Friday

To understand Gadamers' conception of language

To discuss HUUUUGE ideas

  • Lecture/Discussion -Finish Wittgenstein and language
  • Very short FFF on HUUUUGE ideas

Week of October 5

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To examine a model PA
  • Finish Lecture/Discussion - Turing on objections to AI
  • Go over Model PA from IB

Read and annotate Carruthers pt 1 (packet pp. 15-17)- Due Tuesday, October 6;

Read and annotate Carruthers pt. 2 - Packet pp. 17-20 - Due Wednesday, October 7

Tuesday To examine a model PA
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish Turing
  • Sample PA

Read and annotate Carruthers pt. 2 - Packet pp. 17-20 - Due Wednesday, October 7

Read and Annotate Singer - Friday

Wednesday To discuss Carruthers
  • Journal (in pairs or small groups - answer and find a supporting quote for each question)- 1) What is Carruthers' central argument? 2) What is non-conscious experience? 2.5) provide an example of non conscious eperience. 3) how does the HOT theory relate to Carruthers' argument, 4) How is language related to Carruthers' argument? 5) What are the ethical implications of Carruthers' argument? 6) To what extent is Carruthers argument correct?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Carruthers on animals minds
Read and Annotate Singer - Friday
Thursday To understand Carruthers' position on animal minds
  • Lecture/Discussion - Carruthers on animals minds
  • Singer reading time

Read and Annotate Singer - Friday

Read and annotate Wittgenstein - Tuesday, October 13

Friday To discuss the ethical obligation we owe animals
  • Journal: 1)What is the key difference between Singer and Carruthers regarding our ethical obligation to animals. Explain with a supporting quotation for each. 2) Identify two examples of treatement Singer describes as unethical. Do you agree with his assessment?
  • Lecure/Discussion - Singer on ethics and animals
Read and annotate Wittgenstein - Tuesday, October 13

Week of September 28

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To clarify and review Descartes' position on animal and machine minds
  • Journal: What is Descartes' basic argument?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Descartes on animal and machine minds
Read Turing pt 1 (sections 1-5 5 of the article. Focus on sections 1-3 and 5) - Due Tuesday
Tuesday To understand the the significance of Alan Turing
  • Lecture/Discussion - Digital computers, Artificial Intelligence and Alan Turing

 

Bring an internet capable device tomorrow

Wednesday

To conduct a Turing Test

  • Turing test activity with this year's Loebner prize winner,

 

Read Turing pt. 2 (section 6 of the document, skipping (3) (7) and (9)) and 3 (section 7 of the document) - Due Friday

Thursday To understand what is meant by learning machines
  • Journal: Why is language difficult for computers? List three reasons and provide examples.
  • Turing test results
  • Discusion - What does this activity teach us about language?

Read Turing pt. 2 (section 6 of the document, skipping (3) (7) and (9)) and 3 (section 7 of the document) - Due Friday

Read Carruthers (packet pp. 15-20) - Due Tuesday, October 6

Friday To understand various objections to AI
  • Journal - 1. Is Turing right about the possibility of AI? Of the objections he discusses, which do you think is the strongest? 2. Can Machines learn? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Objections to AI and learning machines
Read Carruthers pt 1 (packet pp. 15-17)- Due Tuesday, October 6

Week of September 21

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To review for the unit 1 exam
  • Unit 1 exam review
  • Work on exam outlines
Exam tomorrow!!
Tuesday
  • Unit 1 exam
Wednesday To understand the requirements of the fall philosophical analysis
  • Journal: How did you do on yesterday's exam? What will you do differently next time to improve? What could Mr. Haydock do differently to help you improve?
  • Discuss journal
  • Fall PA assignment and example
  • Unit 3 document packet
Read and annotate Descartes
Thursday To understand Descartes' distinction between people, animals and machines
  • Journal: 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.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Descartes on animals and machines
Read Turing pt 1 (sections 1-5 5 of the article. Focus on sections 1-3 and 5) - Due Tuesday
Friday To have an engaging discussion about important issues
  • FFF - Is our childrens learnin? How effective is modern public school education. Please note - all discussion today should avoid specific reference to identifiabe classes or teachers.
  • Questions:
    1. Thinking about our last FFF, how do public schools deal with or reinforce the idea of privelege?
    2. To what extent is homework effective? What is good homework? What is counterproductive homework?
    3. Should we allow For profit colleges to advertise at THS?
    4. If you could change one thing about our schools what would it be?
Read Turing pt 1 (sections 1-5 5 of the article. Focus on sections 1-3 and 5) - Due Tuesday

Week of September 14

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the unit one exam Unit 1 exam - Tuesday, September 22
Tuesday To discuss the easy problems of consciousness
  • Journal - Explain what Chalmers means when he writes of the "easy" problem of consciousness. Provide examples of these easy problems, and, do you have any questions regarding the exam?
  • Wrap up functionalism
  • Lecture/Discussion - Consciousness I - The easy problems of Consciousness

Read and annotate Dennett excerpts (packet, p. 21) - Due Thursday;

Unit 1 exam - Tuesday, September 22

Wednesday To discuss Dennett's response to the hard problem of consciousness
  • Lecture/Discussion - Nagel - Key Concepts
  • Journal: Identify two questions you have regarding Nagel and then two passages (quotations) that your found particularly interesting.
  • Structured discussion - Chalmers, Nagel and the hard problem of consciousness
  • Journal - Does Nagel demonstrate that materialist theories are false? Explain.

Read and annotate Dennett excerpts (packet, p. 21) - Due Thursday

Prepare a 1 page outline addressing the exam prompt using ACAR format - Due Friday;

Unit 1 exam - Tuesday, September 22

Thursday To review for the unit one exam
  • Dennett video
  • Journal: What questions do you have regarding Dennett? Do you agree with Dennett's position?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Dennett's response to the "Hard Problem of Consciousness"

Unit 1 exam - Tuesday, September 22;

Prepare a 1 page outline addressing the exam prompt using ACAR format - Due Friday

Friday To review for the exam
  • Review for exam
Unit 1 exam - Tuesday, September 22

Week of September 7

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School
Tuesday
  • Substitute
  • Read and annotate 9.4-13.4 - Due Thursday;

Read and annotate 9.4-13.4 - Due Thursday;

Unit 1 exam - Friday, September 18

Wednesday To discuss Jackson
  • Journal - Does Jackson prove physicalism is wrong? How would a physicalist respond to Jackson's argument?
  • Lecture/Discussion - MBI (Finish)
  • Structured Discussion - Jackson

Read and annotate 9.4-13.4 - Due Thursday;

Unit 1 exam - Friday, September 18

Thursday To understand functionalism
  • Journal - Turn to a partner. Play a game of chess
  • Debrief journal
  • Lecture/Discussion - Functionalism

Read and annotate the Searle document (packet 20) - Due tomorrow;

Unit 1 exam - Friday, September 18

Friday To understand the strengths and weaknesses of functionalism
  • Journal - What does it mean to understand? Do you accept Searle's definition of understanding? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Strengths and weaknesses of functionalism

Read and annotate Chalmers (read this first)and Nagel(read this second)(Packet pp. 17-19) - Due Tuesday, September 15;

Unit 1 exam - Friday, September 18

Week of August 31

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the principle weaknesses of substance dualism
  • Journal - 1) What is the most significant weakness of substance dualism? Explain, 2) how did the discussion go on Friday? What would you like to see done differently?(have your annotations out to check)
  • Lecture/Discussion - Weaknesses of substance dualism
Tuesday To understand logical behaviorism
  • Lecture/Discussion - Weaknesses of substance dualism
  • Journal: Does the problem of interaction force the abandonment of dualism? Explain
  • Lecture/Discussion - Materialism I - Behaviorism
Read and Annotate Jackson (packet p. 16-17) - Due Thursday
Wednesday To understand Mind Body identity theory
  • No class
Read and Annotate Jackson (packet p. 16-17) - Due Friday
Thursday To understand the qualia objection to MBI
  • Journal - How does logical behaviorism address the problem of interaction? Explain
  • Lecture/Discussion - Materialism I - Logical behaviorism

Read and Annotate Jackson (packet p. 16-17) - Due Friday

 

Friday To understand functionalism
  • Lecture/Discussion - Materialism II - Mind Body identity theory
Read and annotate 9.4-13.4 - Due Wednesday

Week of August 24

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the "problem" behind the mind body problem Read and annotate 3.1-6.1 - Due Wednesday
Tuesday To understand Descartes' rationalist epistemology
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to the mind-body problem/Ontological theories
  • Journal - Based on the Descartes excerpt readings, what is the basis for any certain knowledge of the world? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Descartes' rationalism
  • Reading time: 3.1-6.1
Read and annotate 3.1-6.1 - Due Wednesday
Wednesday To understand Descartes' substance dualism
  • Journal - Based on your reading of 3.1-6.1 (have your annotations out to check) - are you a substance dualist? What is the most compelling argument for this perspective (if your answer is yes) and against this perspective (if your answer is no)
  • Lecture Discussion - Descartes' rationalism
  • Reading time: 6.2-7.3
Read and annotate 6.2-7.3 - due tomorrow
Thursday To understand Descartes' substance dualism
  • Journal - Do you have any questions regarding our discussion yesterday? If not, define rationalism and empiricism in your own words
  • Lecture/Discussion - Substance dualism
  • Discussion - Are you a substance dualist?
  • Reading time
Read and annotate 7.3-9.4 - Tuesday
Friday To discuss the concept of white privilege
  • Journal - Take the privilege quiz
  • Friday Filosophical Festivities - Privilege

Week of August 17

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday To understand the key concepts from the Russell document
  • Journal:
  • Lecture/Discussion - Key philosophical concepts in Russell's "The Value of Philosophy"
  • Instructions for theory investigations
  • Begin theory investigations
Back to School Night is tomorrow at 6:30 PM!
Tuesday To investigate the variety of class theories on the relationship between the mind and the body
  • Theory investigations
Back to School Night is tonight at 6:30 PM!
Wednesday To synthesize one theory which incorporates elements of each member's individual theory
  • Finish theory investigation
  • Form common groups
  • Group theory instructions
  • Prepare group theory presentations
Thursday To present and discuss group theories
  • Finish group theories
  • Poster + individual theories on the wall
  • Group theory presentations
    • 3 minutes
    • All should participate if possible
    • Everybody - note down two questions for each presentation.
Friday To introduce the mind-body problem
  • Unit packet - mind body problem
  • Debrief major issues raised in this week's activity
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to the mind-body problem
Read and annotate Ruahut, pt. 1 - due Monday

Week of August 10

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday  
  • No school!
Tuesday To understand the ACAR structure
Wednesday To understand how to annotate documents in philosophy
  • Finish diving into philosophy presentations
  • The ACAR format
  • Annotating philosophical texts
  • Lecture/Discussion - Bertrand Russell
  • Russell reading time
Read and annotate Russell - Friday
Thursday To understand how moderated discussions are conducted/To know the rule and procedures of the class
  • Russell reading time
  • Syllabus
  • IB Testing
  • The philosophy of philosophy

Read and annotate Russell - Friday;

Mind-body project - Monday, August 17

Friday To discuss the value of philosophy
  • The Mind-Body project
  • Journal - What passage of the document did you find to be the most significant? Be prepared to quote the passage and explain its significance.
  • Discussions in philosophy
  • Moderated Discussion - Russell and the value of philosophy

Mind-Body project - due Monday, August 17

Week of November 9

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Deep self compatibilism
Tuesday
  • Chisholm discussion
Wednesday
  • No school
Thursday
  • Lecture/Discussion - libertarianism
  • Kane 1 discussion
Friday
  • PA workday

Week of November 16

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Kane 2 discussion
Tuesday
  • Kane 3 discussion
Wednesday
  • Concluding discussion - Free will
Thursday
  • substitute - video lecture - context for existentialism
Friday
  • substitute - read Kierkegaard

Week of November 30

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Lecture/discussion - Kierkegaard
Tuesday
  • Kierkegaard discussion
Read and annotate Dostoyevsky - Wednesday
Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Dostoyevsky
Thursday
  • Nietzsche 1
Friday
  • Nietzsche 2

Week of November December 6

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Nietzsche 3
Read and annotate Sartre - Tuesday
Tuesday
  • Sartre discussion
Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion -Sartre 1
Thursday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Sartre 2
Friday
  • FFF/Make up day

Week of November December 13

Date Goal Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Make up day
Read and annotate Sartre - Tuesday
Tuesday
  • Final Review
Wednesday
  • Finals - Period 2
Thursday
  • Finals - Period 3
Friday
  • FFF/Make up day