Philosophy

Philosophy during the non-attendance period (March 16- May 22, 2020)

Update 5.20 - Please help me improve distance education for next year by taking this quick survey. Thank you!

Update 5.19 - Philosophy semester grades are now complete. All state and district guidelines were followed to determine fourth quarter and second semester final marks. Please note that the grade book grade may be lower than the grade received (the grade that will appear on your transcript) due to state and district "do no harm policy." Please contact me if you have any questions.

Update 5.11 - Today is the last day to submit the final draft of your PA. They are due to me by noon. Please send papers only to my dhaydock@tusd.net account. Thank you.

Update 5.10 - This is the last week of formal distance instruction. Next week I am going to ask that everybody take the time to complete a Google forms survey assessing the distance education component of this class. Your honest response is important as we (at Tracy High) begin thinking about what next year will look like.

Week of May 11

Date Agenda Homework
Monday Read Leopold and complete paragraph 1 of this week's response (in the Canvas assignment)
Tuesday Read documents A and B and complete paragraph 2 of this week's response (in the Canvas assignment)
Wednesday

Read document C and complete paragraph 3 of this week's response (in the Canvas assignment);

Paste your three paragraphs into the Canvas discussion board

Thursday
  • Canvas response posts
Complete your responses to your group members' posts by Friday, May 15 at 11:59 PM
Friday Complete your responses to your group members' posts by Friday, May 15 at 11:59 PM

Week of 5.4

Update 5.4 - I have now completed and returned all of the PA drafts that were submitted before school closed. For those of you who are not testing, your final draft is due no later than noon on Monday, May 11. Please email me if you have questions on my comments or regarding your revision. We are almost done!

Date Agenda Homework
Monday

Watch the introduction to environmental ethics video first, then;

Read Baxter's "The Case for optimal pollution"

Tuesday Complete your initial Canvas post by Wednesday, May 5 at 11:59 PM
Wednesday Complete your initial Canvas post by Wednesday, May 6 at 11:59 PM
Thursday
  • Canvas response posts
Complete your responses to your group members' posts by Friday, May 8 at 11:59 PM
Friday Complete your responses to your group members' posts by Friday, May 8 at 11:59 PM

Update 5.1 - Bear with me over the next few days folks.  On Thursday, my computer crashed and this has definitely slowed me up, as I now have to negotiate computer time with another teacher (my wife) and two full time students (my daughters).  I will still have all the PA comments back on Monday, but discussion board grading will not be complete until Sunday.  Next week's plans should be up by Sunday night.  Thank you for your patience.       

Update 4.27 - To access this week's assignment use the link in the webpage This will guarantee that you get into the discussion board and can reply.

Week of April 27

Date Agenda Homework
Monday

Read the excerpts from John Rawls and Robert Nozick

Complete your initial Canvas post by Wednesday, April 29 at 11:59 PM

Tuesday

Read the excerpts from John Rawls and Robert Nozick

Complete your initial Canvas post by Wednesday, April 29 at 11:59 PM

Wednesday

Read the excerpts from John Rawls and Robert Nozick

Complete your initial Canvas post by Wednesday, April 29 at 11:59 PM

Thursday
  • Please complete your second post (responding to others in your group) by Friday at 11:59
Friday
  •  No videos today.  Due to my computer crash, most of today was spent trying configure another computer so I could update the website.  As you can see I was successful!  I am going to focus on grading discussion boards over the weekend.  Next week's plans should be up by Sunday at 3:00 PM.  

Week of April 20

Update 4.21 - One of our presentation groups is asking for your opinions on a survey. Please take a moment to click on this link and help out your colleagues!

Update 2.20 - I just realized that my due date for the submission of the final version of the PA was on a Sunday. So let me make a slight change (and give all y'all one more day). PA comments will be returned to you no later than May 4 (insert Star Wars joke here) and the final version will be due back to me by 11:59 PM on May 11.

Date Agenda Homework
Monday Summarize what you consider to be the most important findings of the Pew article on American inequality. Please include specific examples from the document.
Tuesday Summarize what you consider to be the most important evidence and conclusions of the Wilkinson video. Please include specific examples from the video itself.
Wednesday
  • Upload all three paragraphs to Canvas by 11:59
In this paragraph you will discuss what you think should be done to address the rising level of inequality in America and the world. This paragraph is asking for you to take a position and then defend that position with evidence and examples.
Thursday
  • Read the posts made by others on Canvas and respond to their ideas contained in their third paragraph.
Complete responses to other's posts on Canvas by Friday at 11:59 PM
Friday
  • Read the posts made by others on Canvas and respond to their ideas contained in their third paragraph.
  • What's coming next week (video lecture)
Complete responses to other's posts on Canvas by Friday at 11:59 PM

Update 4.10 - For those who are testing, the final draft of your PA is due to me no later than Monday, April13 at noon. Thanks to those who have already submitted their final drafts! I will be posting the assignments for the week after break over the weekend. Have a great spring break and remember to practice social distancing.

Update 4.9 - Please ignore the assignments on the THS school site for philosophy. These assignments are for people without the ability to access content remotely. For those who have Internet access, I will only be accepting the assignments through Canvas.

Update 4.8 - I am going to extend the dates for those who are NOT testing to get their final PAs to me. I have been very busy the last two weeks getting the IAs processed for IB both for ToK and Philosophy. This has slowed my commenting of the PAs for those not testing. In light of this, non testing PAs will be returned to you by May 3 and final drafts will be due to me on May 10. Thank you for your understanding. If you are testing, your PA revision MUST be to me by noon on Monday, April 13.

 

Update 4.5 - I want to thank the folks that joined us for the Zoom meeting on Monday morning. During this meeting I clarified several important changes to the Philosophy syllabus in light of school closure. First, I am canceling the ethics and Taylor midterms. This follows IB canceling its sit down exams and is consistent with the homework time management policies mandated by the district. None of us needs the stress of formal exams in these trying times. Second, I have altered the grade weighting in light of these changes. The new breakdown will be as follows: Taylor annotations through chapter 6 - 15% (I will put videos up for the last two chapters of Taylor, but the study guides are no longer required), annotations (including those before closure and those that will completed in Canvas assignments) 30%, Philosophical analysis - 35% (the first 5% is automatic if you completed a draft of your essay), participation - 20% (this includes pre-closure and post closure points earned through Canvas discussions). Third - IB sit down testing has been canceled. Your IB grade in philosophy will be determined entirely on the basis of the internal assessment - the philosophical analysis.

Remember, this week's Canvas assignments are optional, but strongly recommended so we can get used to how the system works prior to April 20, when assignments will be required. As always, if you have a question, please email me.

Update 4.3 - Please see the lesson plans directly below for next week. If you have not already emailed me to join Canvas - please do so now and complete the registration process described in the email from Canvas. Remember we are going to have an informational town hall where you can ask questions on Monday, April 6 at 11 Click for details and entry code. The remaining PAs for those testing should be back to you by Sunday evening. Please take a look at the video I made for how to format the final draft of the PA. It is posted in the calendar (below) for Friday, April 3 and here. Please email me if there are any questions.

Week of April 6

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Remember our philosophy town hall Zoom meeting today at 11:00. Click for details and entry code. The password for this document is the one we have used all year in philosophy. Email me if you have forgotten it.
  • This week we will do a practice run of our new distance education format. It will not count for a grade, by I expect everyone to participate so we can work out any kinks before we start for real on April 20.
  • Please log on to Canvas. You must have sent me an email and completed the registration process in the Canvas email you received. Email me if their are problems. The assignment, "Egoism discussion board," is described under discussions
  • Complete this week's assignments (described to the right and in Canvas.)
  • Ethical egoism 1: Introduction and background to Ayn Rand (this is the same lecture from last Monday)

Read the Rand and Rachels documents

Read the assignment on Canvas (You will be prompted for a log in and then taken directly to the discussion.)

Your first post (2 paragraphs) will be due by Tuesday, April 7 at 11:59 PM.

Your second (and subsequent) posts must be completed by 11:59 PM on Thursday (or ASAP)

Tuesday Your first post (2 paragraphs) will be due by tonight by 11:59 PM.
Wednesday Your response posts will be due by Thursday at 11:59 PM
Thursday
  • Ethical egoism 4 - Contractarianism (video lecture)
  • Remember:
    • If you are testing: Your final draft of the PA must be to me by Monday, April13 by noon, NO EXCEPTIONS.
    • If you are NOT testing, I will have PA drafts back no later than May 3 and the final draft is due to me by noon on May 10.
Your response posts will be due by Thursday at 11:59 PM
Friday
  • Egoism summation (will either be a video or a zoom conference)
  • Taylor 9 video
  • Readings and assignments for the week after Spring Break (our first official week of distance education)
Read the Rawls and Nozick Documents for the week of April 20

Update (4.2) - This morning The Superintendent announced that Tracy Unified School District would not resume live instruction this school year. Now that we have clarity about what the future looks like, it will be easier to plan for the rest of the year. Officially, distance education does not start until April 20. This means that next week will be a good opportunity to practice using the new system which combines the website, Canvas and Zoom. If you have not sent me your email so that I can put you into the canvas class, please do so ASAP. Several people have emailed me asking questions about grading, IB testing, and other topics. On Monday, April 6, I am going to release a new grading breakdown that reflects our new reality. My goal is to minimize stress for students while still making distance assignments count. The new breakdown will make significant changes to the breakdown I handed out in January. To help smooth the transition to distance education, I want to hold a Zoom meeting for my philosophy classes on Monday, April 6 at 11:00 AM. My goal with this meeting is to answer any and all questions and concerns students have about the new format. If you are interested in participating in this meeting, which is optional, please click on this link and use our standard password (for accessing documents). If you forgot the password, email me. The purpose of the meeting is to answer questions and ease concerns about the transition. One final note, since I have spent my work time this week on the transition and completing district requirements, I am not going to post further content this week. I will resume next week with the daily videos. As always, if you have questions - email me - and come to the Zoom meeting.

Update (4.1) - Letter to families and guardians of Mr. Haydock's philosophy and ToK students

Update (4.1) - Based on the district's distance eduction plan distributed on 3.31 and clarified today (4.1), I need to verify the ability of each of you to access content online. Please email me, ASAP. Put your full name in the subject line. In your response, please answer the following questions: 1. Do have have the means to access content posted by Mr. Haydock online? 2. What type (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) of device are you primarily accessing content with? 3. How will you contact Mr. Haydock If you need help? (email, zoom conference or other Internet tools or will you need to speak to Mr. Haydock over the phone?) 4. Will you be able to access Mr. Haydock's instructional materials online or will you require hard copies? Again, I want to emphasize that you should only request hard copies if you cannot access materials remotely. I will be calling families that request hard copies to see if their is any other assistance that I can offer to ensure the continuation of their student's education.

Mr. Haydock's office hours will be daily 11-1PM and by arrangement.

Update (3.31) - Please watch the video describing the changes we will be making to Philosophy in light of the district's new distance education guidelines.

Update (3.30) - On March 17 IB announced that they were extending due dates for the PA until May 20. That is what the time line I gave to you earlier was based on. On March 27, IB retracted the extensions and went back to the original due date of April 20. While I think what IB has done is reprehensible and immoral (I would never dream of giving kids an extension and then pulling it back in ten days), they are sticking to this date. So, I will have the last of the PA drafts back to you by Thursday, April 2. I would like to get revisions back to me no later than Monday, April 13. Please let me know ahead of time if you will have any problems meeting this deadline. If you already have your comments, get the revisions to me as soon as you have finalized the paper. I will be making a video about some IB specific formatting guidelines and some general comments Thursday (4.1). Please submit your revisions only after viewing this video. For those who are not testing, the previous dates have not changed.

Week of March 30

Date Agenda Homework
Monday  
Tuesday
  • Changes to Philosophy in light of new TUSD distance education guidelines (video)
  • I need everyone's email address. Please email me at dhaydock@tusd.net. Put your name in the subject line. This will enable me to add you to Canvas, the learning management system we will be using for the rest of the year. Please remind others you know who have me to email ASAP.
  • Link to Canvas
  • Once you have sent me your email and I have added you:
    • Watch the getting started in Canvas video. I made this video for ToK, but the information applies to us now as well.You must send me your email to be registered. Remember, this is now not optional.
    • Complete the Canvas registration process
    • Please let me know via my district email (dhaydock@tusd.net) if you have any problems with Canvas.
Wednesday
  • Based on the district's distance eduction plan distributed on 3.31 and clarified today (4.1), I need to verify the ability of each of you to access content online. Please email me, ASAP. Put your full name in the subject line. In your response, please answer the following questions: 1. Do have have the means to access content posted by Mr. Haydock online? 2. What type (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) of device are you primarily accessing content with? 3. How will you contact Mr. Haydock If you need help? (email, zoom conference or other Internet tools or will you need to speak to Mr. Haydock over the phone?) 4. Will you be able to access Mr. Haydock's instructional materials online or will you require hard copies? Again, I want to emphasize that you should only request hard copies if you cannot access materials remotely.
  • Once you have sent me your email and I will add you to the philosophy Canvas classroom. Then you should:
    • Watch the getting started in Canvas video. I made this video for ToK, but the information applies to us now as well.You must send me your email to be registered. Remember, this is now not optional.
    • Complete the Canvas registration process
    • Please let me know via my district email (dhaydock@tusd.net) if you have any problems with Canvas.
  • Begin/continue reading Egoism reading 1 - Ayn Rand and Egoism reading 2 - James Rachels and Rachels in preparation for next week's assignment
  • No video today
Thursday
  • Please see the 4.2 update at the top of this page.
  • If you have not sent me an email to set up your Canvas account - please do so ASAP
  • No videos today
Friday

Update (3.23) - Some of you may have noticed that my PA comments come from a non-school email account. This is because my school account makes it difficult to upload image files. However, if you need to communicate with me, please use my school email, dhaydock@tusd.net, as this is the only account I check frequently.

Beginning Monday, March 16, I am going to begin posting brief lessons that cover what we would have done were we in school. I would encourage everyone (and especially those who are testing) to keep up with readings and lessons (which will be in the form of brief, 15 minute screen-capture lectures.) My goal will be to have each day's lesson up no later than 12:00 PM that day.

This is not, however, a requirement. Nothing done during this three week period will be collected or graded.

I will also be reading and commenting about five PAs per day beginning on Monday. I will email these to you if I have your email address. If you want your comments, send me an email to make sure I have your address. Final PAs will be collected a week after we return.

Week of March 23

Date Agenda Homework
Monday I would recommend reading and completing the Aristotle template this week. The video lectures will make more sense if you have completed this.
Tuesday I would also recommend completing the Taylor 8 template before watching the Taylor 8 video. This template has you look at some art that can be found here. Ignore the older version of the study guide and just scroll down to the art. Again,this is not required, but it will make the video more useful if you do this ahead of time.
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Next week: Ethical egoism and contractarianism

Egoism reading 1 - Ayn Rand

Week of March 16

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday Next week - Aristotle - Here is the reading
Friday

April 10: Mr. Haydock will have all PAs returned, with comments.

May 3: Deadline for submission of PA final draft (technically an optional assignment - if you choose not to revise, you will be given the grade earned from the draft)

Week of March 9

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Don't touch your face
  • Questions about the PA
  • Lecture/Discussion - Bentham's utilitarianism

PA draft - due Wednesday

Tuesday
  • Don't touch your face
  • Substitute - Read and complete the reading guide for Taylor 6 - due at the end of the period (if the sub says you worked well through the period I will accept this as done not done for credit)
PA draft - due Wednesday
Wednesday
  • Turn in drafts - concerns/questions on PA
  • Thanks for yesterday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish Bentham
  • Don't touch your face

Read and annotate Mill 1-5 - Monday, March 16;

Taylor 7 - Due Tuesday - March 17

Thursday
  • Don't touch your face
  • Questions and discussion - Taylor chapter 6

Read and annotate Mill 1-5 - Monday, March 16;

Taylor 7 - Due Tuesday - March 17

Friday
  • Don't touch your face
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor chapter six

Read and annotate Mill 1-5 - Monday, March 16;

Taylor 7 - Due Tuesday - March 17

Week of March 2

Election Day is Tomorrow - Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Forget to register to vote in the primary - Don't Worry! If you are 18 and a citizen, you can register to vote at any polling place on election day (follow the link for details)

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish/review Levinas
  • Those who Walk Away from Omelas assignment and reading time
  • PA consultations

Read and complete "Those Who Walk Away from Omelas" assignment;

Read and annotate Bentham - Due Wednesday

Tuesday
  • Omelas activity
    • The class will be divided into thirds - A. Those who stay, B. Those who walk away, C. Those who seek to free the child.
    • Find a partner from your group. Together, discuss and answer the following questions:
      • Why is your option the most ethical course of action? What are the other groups missing that you understand?
      • Should members of the other groups be penalized/sanctioned? What is your justification?
      • What questions would you ask members of the other groups?
  • Omelas whole group discussion
    • Is Omelas a good society? What is the basis for your answer?
    • Are we Omelas? Be as specific as you can
    • What is the ethical response if we find ourselves living in Omelas?
Read and annotate Bentham - Due Wednesday
Wednesday
  • Bentham SGD

Read and annotate Mill 1-5 - Monday;

Bring materials to work on your PA - Tomorrow

Thursday
  • PA consultations
Read and annotate Mill 1-5 - Monday;
Friday
  • No School

Week of February 24

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Final thoughts on Taylor 4
  • Journal: Make a t chart. List what you consider to be the most significant strengths and weaknesses of Kant's theory.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Review and assessment of Kant

Taylor 5 - due tomorrow;

PA topics must be approved by Friday

Tuesday PA topics must be approved by Friday
Wednesday
  • Emergency procedures
  • Lecture/Discussion - Levinas
PA topics must be approved by Friday
Thursday
  • Questions and discussion - Taylor chapter 5
PA topics must be approved by Friday
Friday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor 5

Week of February 17

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School
Taylor 4 study guide - due Tuesday, February 18
Tuesday
Wednesday
  • Discussion of yesterday's activity
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kant flow chart
  • Journal - Discuss with your group what you feel are the two greatest strengths and two greatest weaknesses of Kant's theory. Be prepared to explain your criticisms

Read and annotate Levinas article - due Monday;

Taylor 5 - Due Tuesday

Thursday
  • Taylor chapter 4 - SGD

Read and annotate Levinas article - due Monday;

Taylor 5 - Due Tuesday

Friday
  • Lecture/discussion - Taylor chapter 4

Read and annotate Levinas article - due Monday;

Taylor 5 - Due Tuesday

Week of February 10

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School
Tuesday
  • Journal: Explain the importance of these concepts to Kant's ethical theory: the good will, the categorical imperative, logical contradictions
  • Lecture/Discussion: Examples of perfect and imperfect duties
  • PA reminders
Taylor 3 study guide - due tomorrow
Wednesday
  • Journal: Explain the process by which Kant determines whether an action is right or wrong. In the course of this, explain the distinction between perfect and imperfect duties
  • Discussion of election 2020
Taylor 4 study guide - due Tuesday, February 18
Thursday
  • Journal - Explain Kant's four categories of action. Then explain the difference between an act that is ethically wrong and an act that is ethically right bu not morally laudable.
  • Lecture/Discussion - The second version of the categorical imperative

PA proposals - due tomorrow!

Taylor 4 study guide - due Tuesday, February 18

Friday
  • Journal - What questions do you have regarding Taylor chapter 3?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor 3
Taylor 4 study guide - due Tuesday, February 18

Week of February 3

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish Taylor 1
  • Journal: How strong is Taylor/ de Tocqueville argument regarding soft despotism?
  • Four categories of action - examples

Taylor 2 - Due Wednesday, February 4;

Read and annotate Kant 19-25 - due Wednesday - EQ - In you own words, explain the distinction between a perfect and an imperfect duty. How does Kant say that these types of duties can be distinguished?

Tuesday
  • Journal- Why does Kant claim that reason commands the will? What does this mean?
  • Lecture/ Discussion - Kant and the first version of the categorical imperative
Read and annotate Kant 19-24 - due Wednesday - EQ - In you own words, explain the distinction between a perfect and an imperfect duty. How does Kant say that these types of duties can be distinguished?
Wednesday
  • Journal - What is the categorical imperative? What role does it play in Kant's ethical system? Where can its clearest statement be found in the document?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kant: perfect and imperfect duties

Taylor 3 - Due Wednesday, February 12;

Read and annotate Kant 25-32 - due Tuesday, February 11 - EQ - Put the second version of the categorical imperative into your own words and then explain it in your own words

Thursday
  • Discussion and questions - Taylor 2

Read and annotate Kant 25-32 - due Tuesday, February 11 - EQ - Put the second version of the categorical imperative into your own words and then explain it in your own words;

Taylor 3 - Due Wednesday, February 12;

 

Friday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor 2

Read and annotate Kant 25-32 - due Tuesday, February 11 - EQ - Put the second version of the categorical imperative into your own words and then explain it in your own words;

Taylor 3 - Due Wednesday, February 12;

 

Week of January 27

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Debrief Friday's discussion
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish subjectivism notes

Read and annotate Kant, 1-3 - Due Tuesday;

Taylor chapter 2 - due Tuesday, February 4

Tuesday
  • Journal - How does Kant 1-3 relate to the concept of intrinsic value? Explain. Then define what you think Kant means by the "good will."
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to and overview of Kant's ethical theory, Kant and the idea of the good will
  • Kant reading time (time allowing)
Read and annotate Kant 4-10 - Due Wednesday - EQ - Identify (and copy) the quote from this section that most clearly indicates Kant's non consequentialism. Explain what Kant means by the quote you chose.
Wednesday
  • Journal - Why does Kant maintain the good will is so important? What does it say about what it means to be human? How does this connect to the concept of human rights and human dignity?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Duty and motivation: How an action can be morally right but not praiseworthy

Describe two examples from your own life of each of Kant's four categories of action. Explain why each actions fits into the category you assigned it. This will count as an annotation and is due on Monday, February 3;

Taylor 2 - Due Tuesday, February 4

Thursday
  • Journal - What questions do you have regarding Taylor chapter 1
  • Discussion - Taylor 1

Describe two examples from your own life of each of Kant's four categories of action. Explain why each actions fits into the category you assigned it. This will count as an annotation and is due on Monday, February 3;

Taylor 2 - Due Tuesday, February 4

Friday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Taylor 1

Read and annotate Kant paragraphs 11-18 - due Monday. EQ: Re-write the categorical imperative in your own words and then explain what it means;

Describe two examples from your own life of each of Kant's four categories of action. Explain why each actions fits into the category you assigned it. This will count as an annotation and is due on Monday, February 3;

Taylor 2 - Due Tuesday, February 4

Week of January 20

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School
Tuesday
  • Journal - on the back of Rachels - describe the cultural differences argument in standard form.
  • Lecture/Discussion - cultural relativism
Read and annotate the selection from Edward Westermarck's Moral Relativism. Read pages 44-46. Note: This reading is online only. - Due tomorrow -EQ: What is Westermarck's argument for moral subjectivism? Do you agree or disagree with this argument?
Wednesday
  • Journal - What is Westermarck's argument for Moral subjectivism?
  • Lecture/Discussion - relativism/subjectivism
Thursday
  • SGD - Relativism and subjectivism

Read and annotate Kant, 1-3 - Due Tuesday;

Taylor chapter 2 - due Tuesday, February 4

Friday
  • No School

Week of January 13

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Ethics discussions
Read and annotate relativism article, pt. 1 - Thursday
Tuesday
  • Ethics discussions
Read and annotate relativism article, pt. 1 - Thursday
Wednesday
  • Finish ethics discussions
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to ethics
  • Relativism reading instructions
Read and annotate relativism article, pt. 1 - Thursday
Thursday
  • Journal - Define authenticity and list at least five synonyms for authenticity
  • Lecture/Discussion - Introduction to Charles Taylor and the Ethics of Authenticity
  • Ethics of authenticity page, resources and the reading guides
  • Journal - What questions do you have about the Rachels reading? Are you comfortable with the relativist position?
  • Questions/observations about the relativism reading
Read and annotate relativism article, pt.2 - Friday
Friday
  • Journal - What questions do you have about the Rachels reading? Are you comfortable with the relativist position?
  • Questions/observations about the relativism reading
 

Week of January 6

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • New groups
  • SGD: Thinking about ethics
Tuesday
Wednesday
  • Ethics situations discussions
Thursday
  • Ethics situations discussions
Friday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Overview of ethics

Fall semester exam checklist and key concepts

Final exam stimuli

Fall Final Review

 

Week of December 16

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Journal: What weaknesses do you think Locke's theory has?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Locke and psychic continuity theory

Read and annotate Hume - tomorrow - What other philosophical source have we read this year that is similar in some way to this excerpt from Hume? Explain the similarity.

Final exam - period 1-2 - Wednesday, December 18 - period 3 - Thursday, December 19

Tuesday
  • Journal: What questions do you have regarding Hume? What most struck you about his argument?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Hume's theory of personal identity and its strengths and weaknesses
Final exam - period 1-2 - Wednesday, December 18 - period 3 - Thursday, December 19
Wednesday
  • Final - periods 1-2
Final exam - period 1-2 - Wednesday, December 18 - period 3 - Thursday, December 19
Thursday
  • Final - period 3
Friday
  • No class - Have a great break!

Week of December 9

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Journal - How is Frankfurt's soft determinism different from that of Stace? (on the back of your annotation)
  • Lecture/Discussion - Deep self compatibleism

Read and annotate Chisholm - EQ: Based on the Chisholm reading, what did I mean when I said that a strength Stace's theory is that it doesn't involve magic? Identify a specific quote from Chisholm that helps to explain your answer;

Final exam - period 1-2 - Wednesday, December 18 - period 3 - Thursday, December 19

 

Tuesday
  • Journal - What questions do you have regarding Chisholm's argument? What is the most significant weakness of his argument?
  • Lecture/Discussion - two varieties of Libertarianism: Chisholm and Kane

Read and annotate Kane, pt. 2;

Final exam - period 1-2 - Wednesday, December 18 - period 3 - Thursday, December 19

Wednesday
  • What questions do you have regarding Kane section 2? What argument does Kane make against Chisholm? Is he right?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kane pt. 2

Read and annotate Kane, pt.3 (paragraphs 37-39, 42-48, 52, 53) - due Thursday;

Final review - today - 3:10-4:00 PM A211

Final exam - period 1-2 - Wednesday, December 18 - period 3 - Thursday, December 19

Thursday
  • Lecture discussion - Kane pt. 3 and strengths and weaknesses of libertarianism

Read and annotate Locke - Monday - EQ: What strengths and weakness can you identify for Lock's theory?

Final exam - period 1-2 - Wednesday, December 18 - period 3 - Thursday, December 19

Friday
  • Unit 5 readings
  • Elderly Killer activity

Read and annotate Locke - Monday- EQ: What strengths and weakness can you identify for Lock's theory?

Final exam - period 1-2 - Wednesday, December 18 - period 3 - Thursday, December 19

Week of December 2

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Journal (on your annotation) - What questions do you have regarding d'Holbach?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Hard Determinism
Read and annotate Stace - Due Wednesday - EQ: How is Stace's theory of freedom different from d'Holbach's
Tuesday
  • Journal (on your annotation)
    1. Do you have any questions regarding the reading?
    2. What passage most stands out to you from d'Holbach and why?
    3. Do you agree with d'Holbach's argument? If you do, what do you think are its greatest strengths (support your ideas with quotations from the text). If you don't, what is the basis for your disagreement? What passages from the text illustrate why you think d'Holbach's argument is flawed.
  • Lecture/discussion - Analyzing and assessing d'Holbach's hard determinism .
  • Reading time - Stace
Read and annotate Stace - Due Wednesday - EQ: How is Stace's theory of freedom different from d'Holbach's
Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - strengths and weaknesses of hard determinism
  • Journal (on your annotation) - Put d'Holbach's argument regarding freedom into simplified standard form. Then do the same for Stace? Where are these theories similar and where are they different?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Compatibilism
  • Questions on Stace
Read and annotate Frankfurt - Friday
Thursday
  • Arrange desks into color groups
  • Lecture/SGD - Stace and freedom
Read and annotate Frankfurt - tomorrow
Friday
  • Lecture/SGD - Frankfurt and deep self compatibilism
  • Final stimuli
Read and annotate Kane, Pt. 2 - Tuesday, December 10

Week of November 18

Date Agenda Homework
Monday

Fall midterm - tomorrow - remember, I will randomly select 2 stimuli and you will choose and write on 1 of these;

Read and annotate Kane, Pt. 1 - Thursday

Tuesday
  • Fall Midterm
Read and annotate Kane, Pt. 1 - Thursday
Wednesday
  • Journal: How does the concept of God impact the question of whether or not humans have free will? Explain your answer.
  • Theistic fatalism - Freedom, God and fate
  • Unit 4 reading packet
  • Resources on theistic fatalism from the SEP
Read and annotate d'Holbach - Friday
Thursday
  • Get into color groups
  • SGD - Kane and the importance and meaning of freedom
  • Lecture/Discussion - Choice and determinism - an introduction to the philosophical problem of freedom
Read and annotate d'Holbach - Friday
Friday
  • d' Holbach and hard determinism questions and informal discussion

Week of November 11

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School. Remember the sacrifices made by those who have served. Honor their sacrifices by being an active participant in the democracy they fought to save.

Read and complete Turing reading three - Due Tuesday, November 12;

Read and annotate Lycan - Due Wednesday, November 13;

Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19

Tuesday
  • Journal: List the counter arguments that Turing discusses. Of these, which do you think is the most significant? Explain and be prepared to share with the class.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Turing and counter arguments to machine minds

Read and annotate Lycan - Due Wednesday, November 13;

Midterm review - Tomorrow after school, 3:10-4:00

Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19

Wednesday Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19
Thursday
  • Small group discussion - Lycan
Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19
Friday
  • The ethics of algorithms
  • FFF
Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19

Week of November 4

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Journal - On your Singer annotation - What is the most significant similarity and the most significant difference between Singer and Carruthers?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Singer

Read and annotate Turing (now marked in readings), section 1, section 4 and the last paragraph of section 5 - Due Tuesday, November 5 - EQ: What is Turing's substitute for the question "can machines think?" Does this questions address the same issues? 3. With which of the mind-body theories that we examined in unit one do you think Turing would most likely agree? Explain your answer;

Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19

Tuesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Alan Turing and the re framing of the machine minds question

Read and annotate Turing part 2 - Thursday;

Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19

Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Alan Turing and AI
  • Reading time - Turing pt. 2

Read and annotate Turing part 2 - Thursday;

Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19

Thursday

Read and complete Turing reading three - Due Tuesday, November 12;

Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19

Friday
  • Substitute - Read and annotate Lycan part 1 - Due Wednesday, November 13

Read and complete Turing reading three - Due Tuesday, November 12;

Read and annotate Lycan - Due Wednesday, November 13;

Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19

Week of October 28

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Periods 2-3 - Finish Sartre (modes of Being)
  • In small groups:
    • What are the two factors Descartes claims distinguish people from animals and machines?
    • Why does Descartes think this distinction is important?
    • Do you agree with Descartes' argument?
    • What questions do you have on Descartes?
Read and annotate Carruthers (now marked in readings, paragraphs 1-5, 8-10, 17-18, 20-22 - Due Wednesday - EQ: 1. What does Carruthers mean by non-conscious experience? Provide an example, other than those from the text, of non conscious experience? 2. How does Carruthers define consciousness?
Tuesday Read and annotate Carruthers, paragraphs 1-5, 8-10, 17-18, 20-22 - Due Wednesday - EQ: 1. What does Carruthers mean by non-conscious experience? Provide an example, other than those from the text, of non conscious experience? 2. How does Carruthers define consciousness?
Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish Descartes
  • Lecture/small group discussion - Carruthers 1
Read and annotate Carruthers, paragraphs 23-27, 28-31 - Due Thursday - EQ: 1. What implications does Carruthers have for the circle of respect? 2. Do you agree with Carruthers in this regard or not?
Thursday
  • Lecture/small group discussion - Carruthers 2
Read and annotate Singer (now marked in readings), paragraphs 1-20,33-35,42-45 -1. How does Singer differ from Carruthers regarding where the boundaries should be drawn for the circle of respect? 2. Are your actions more consistent with the ideas of Singer or the ideas of Carruthers? - Due Monday
Friday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Carruthers - finish

Read and annotate Singer, paragraphs 1-20,33-35,42-45 -1. How does Singer differ from Carruthers regarding where the boundaries should be drawn for the circle of respect? 2. Are your actions more consistent with the ideas of Singer or the ideas of Carruthers? - Due Monday

 

Week of October 21

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School - Parent conferences
Tuesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Nietzsche's existentialism
Read and annotate Sartre - Wednesday, October 23 - EQ - 1. How does Sartre's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Sartre's reading reflect the themes of existentialism? 3. Does Sartre's writing seem more similar to or more different from the Nietzsche and Kierkegaard excerpts we read? - This part of the annotation should be an additional half page.
Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish Nietzsche
  • Journal - On your annotation - What questions do you have regarding the Sartre reading? What passage from the reading most struck you? On a scale of 1-10, how well did you understand this reading?
  • Questions on Sartre
Thursday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Sartre
  • Unit 3 readings
Read and Annotate Descartes - EQ: What does Descartes see as the two essential differences between people and animals/machines? Do you agree with this distinction? Provide supporting examples - Due Monday, October 28
Friday
  • FFF - Abortion
Read and Annotate Descartes - EQ: What does Descartes see as the two essential differences between people and animals/machines? Do you agree with this distinction? Provide supporting examples - Due Monday, October 28

Week of October 14

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Journal: 1) Based on what we discussed Friday what is meant by the "crisis of the modern?" 2)Note down two questions you have regarding the Kierkegaard reading - then propose answers to each. Rate your understanding of the reading on a scale of 1 (least) to 10 (most)
  • Questions regarding Kierkegaard?
  • In small groups - What examples of the themes of existentialism can be seen in Kierkegaard? Identify as many as you can and be prepared to support your assertion with quotes from the document.
  • Brainstorm examples of the themes of existentialism from Kierkegaard

Read and annotate Nietzsche - Thursday, October 17- EQ - 1. How does Nietzsche's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Nietzsche's reading reflect the themes of existentialism? 3. Does Nietzsche's writing seem more similar to or more different from the Kierkegaard excerpts we read? - This part of the annotation should be an additional half page.

 

Tuesday
  • 1. How does Kierkegaard's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Kierkegaard reading reflect the themes of existentialism?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Essential concepts in Kierkegaard's thought
Read and annotate Nietzsche - Thursday, October 17- EQ - 1. How does Nietzsche's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Nietzsche's reading reflect the themes of existentialism? 3. Does Nietzsche's writing seem more similar to or more different from the Kierkegaard excerpts we read? - This part of the annotation should be an additional half page
Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Essential concepts in Kierkegaard's thought
Read and annotate Nietzsche - Thursday, October 17- EQ - 1. How does Nietzsche's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Nietzsche's reading reflect the themes of existentialism? 3. Does Nietzsche's writing seem more similar to or more different from the Kierkegaard excerpts we read? - This part of the annotation should be an additional half page
Thursday
  • Period 1-2 - Lecture/Discussion - finish Kierkegaard
  • Get into color groups
  • Small group discussion/Exploration of Nietzsche
Read and annotate Sartre - Wednesday, October 23 - EQ - 1. How does Sartre's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Sartre's reading reflect the themes of existentialism? 3. Does Sartre's writing seem more similar to or more different from the Nietzsche and Kierkegaard excerpts we read? - This part of the annotation should be an additional half page.
Friday
  • Questions on Sartre
  • Lecture/Discussion - Keys to Sartre's thought
  • Unit 3 reading packet
Read and annotate Sartre - Wednesday, October 23 - EQ - 1. How does Sartre's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Sartre's reading reflect the themes of existentialism? 3. Does Sartre's writing seem more similar to or more different from the Nietzsche and Kierkegaard excerpts we read? - This part of the annotation should be an additional half page.

Week of October 7

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Get into color groups. Review your group's chapter
  • Tao Te Ching group sharing
Read and annotate Kierkegaard - Monday, October 14 - EQ - Think about the presentation on Thursday (10.11) - 1. How does Kierkegaard's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Kierkegaard reading reflect the themes of existentialism? - This part of the annotation should be an additional half page.
Tuesday
  • Finish Tao Te Ching group sharing
  • Tao concepts sorting activity
  • Lecture/Discussion - Human nature and Taoism
Read and annotate Kierkegaard - Monday, October 14 - EQ - Think about the presentation on Thursday (10.11) - 1. How does Kierkegaard's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Kierkegaard reading reflect the themes of existentialism? - This part of the annotation should be an additional half page.
Wednesday
  • Tao contrast activity and share out
  • Lecture/Discussion - The Tao and human nature
Read and annotate Kierkegaard - Monday, October 14 - EQ - Think about the presentation on Thursday (10.11) - 1. How does Kierkegaard's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Kierkegaard reading reflect the themes of existentialism? - This part of the annotation should be an additional half page.
Thursday
  • Lecture/ Discussion - Lecture/Discussion - The Crisis of the Modern and the existentialist conception of human nature
Read and annotate Kierkegaard - Monday, October 14 - EQ - Think about the presentation on Thursday (10.11) - 1. How does Kierkegaard's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Kierkegaard reading reflect the themes of existentialism? - This part of the annotation should be an additional half page.
Friday
  • Lecture/ Discussion - Lecture/Discussion - The Crisis of the Modern and the existentialist conception of human nature
Read and annotate Kierkegaard - Monday, October 14 - EQ - Think about the presentation on Thursday (10.11) - 1. How does Kierkegaard's writing connect to/reflect what we called the "crisis of the modern," 2. How does the Kierkegaard reading reflect the themes of existentialism? - This part of the annotation should be an additional half page.

Week of September 30

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Journal - What questions do you have regarding the Buddhism excerpts
  • Lecture/Discussion - Buddhism and human nature
Tuesday
  • Substitute - Impeachment resources page
  • The EQ for this annotation is: In two sentences, based on your reading, summarize the reasons for the impeachment inquiry.
  • Annotations should be turned in at the end of the period.
Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - An Overview of Ancient China
Read and annotate Kierkegaard - Thursday, October 10
Thursday
  • Get into your color groups
  • Announcements - End of quarter, New additions to the impeachment resources page
  • Review of Confucian ideals
  • In small groups:
    • Read your assigned chapter(s) of the Tao Te Ching.
    • Discuss the chapter with your group and decide what you think the meaning of the chapter is.
    • Using this link, look up your assigned chapter(s) and read through the three additional translations. How do the translations differ in terms of meaning? Which translation seems clearest? In light of the four translations together, how has your assessment of the meaning of the chapter changed?
    • Your group should discuss and prepare three observations and a question:
      • One of these observations should explain the central metaphor (s) used in this chapter (if possible).
      • A second observation should explain how this chapter rejects or reacts to the Confucian ideal discussed in lecture yesterday
      • A third observation should relate to what groups considered to be the main argument of the chapter
      • Additionally, groups developed and wrote a question pertaining to human nature and their chapter. The question could be either something the group would like to know or doesn’t understand or something that probed more deeply into the Taoist concept of human nature.
  • Please post your three observations and question to the Google form here
  • Group share out - 3 observations and a question
Read and annotate Kierkegaard - Thursday, October 10
Friday

 

 

Read and annotate Kierkegaard - Thursday, October 10

Week of September 23

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Substitute
  • Read and annotate Wilson
Read and annotate Wilson - Due Wednesday, September 24 - EQ: How does Wilson's view of human nature differ from that of Western monotheism?
Tuesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - The western monotheistic view of human nature
  • In small groups - answering the human nature questions based on the excerpts from monotheistic scripture:
  • Lecture/Discussion - The western monotheistic view of human nature
Read and annotate Wilson - Due Thursday, September 26- EQ: How does Wilson's view of human nature differ from that of Western monotheism?
Wednesday
  • Happy Stanislas Petrov day! To honor the man who saved the world, be informed, be concerned and be involved.
  • Petrov presentation from class
  • In small groups - answer the questions from the art activity based on the excerpts from monotheistic scripture:
    • What is the essence of humanity?
    • What is the defining characteristic of the human condition?
    • What is the essential conflict or paradox of human existence?
    • Does human nature make humans unique?
  • Discussion of the Western monotheistic view of human nature.

Read and annotate Wilson - Due Thursday, September 26 - EQ: How does Wilson's view of human nature differ from that of Western monotheism?

 

Thursday
  • Small group discussion - Wilson's naturalistic view of human nature
  • Lecture discussion - The naturalistic view of human nature
Read and annotate Buddhism readings - due Monday, September 30 -EQ - Based on the Buddhist readings you read, do you think this view of human nature sees humans as inherently good or evil or neither? Explain your answer.
Friday
  • Conclude small group discussion on EO Wilson
  • Lecture/Discussion - The naturalistic view of human nature
Read and annotate Buddhism readings - due Monday, September 30 - EQ- Based on the Buddhist readings you read, do you think this view of human nature sees humans as inherently good or evil or neither? Explain your answer.

Week of September 16

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Small group discussion - Plato, the cave and human nature
Read and annotate Kant's "What is Enlightenment?" - due Wednesday, September 18 - EQ: We spoke of human nature involving a central irony or paradox. What irony/paradox does Kant describe in his document? How does this relate to the function of government?
Tuesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" and human nature
  • Kant reading time
Read and annotate Kant's "What is Enlightenment?" - due Wednesday, September 18 - EQ: We spoke of human nature involving a central irony or paradox. What irony/paradox does Kant describe in his document? How does this relate to the function of government?
Wednesday
  • Period 2 - Finish lecture/discussion of Plato
  • Journal:
      1. What is nonage?
      2. Should the goal of school be to keep students in a state of nonage?
      3. What struck you about this document?
      4. What questions do you have regarding this document?
  • Whole class guided discussion - Kant, freedom and the lure of nonage
 
Thursday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Kant, reason and human nature
Read and annotate Kant's "What is Enlightenment?" - due Wednesday, September 18 - EQ: We spoke of human nature involving a central irony or paradox. What irony/paradox does Kant describe in his document? How does this relate to the function of government?
Friday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Wrap up Kant
  • Read handout from monotheistic scripture. What view of human nature emerges from these religious texts? Explain your answer with quotes from the document.
  • Lecture/Discussion - The Western monotheistic view of human nature
Read and annotate Wilson - Due Tuesday, September 24 - EQ: How does Wilson's view of human nature differ from that of Western monotheism?

Week of September 9

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Get into color groups.
  • In your groups, based on the article assigned Friday, discus and explain the difference between art and technology. According to Noe, what does art have to say about human nature? Do you agree with his assessment?
  • Art and human nature project, pt. 1
    • In your groups discuss and answer the eight questions on human nature.
Read and annotate Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" - Due Friday
Tuesday Read and annotate Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" - Due Friday EQ: How would Plato answer question 3 from the art assignment, based on the "Allegory of the Cave"
Wednesday
  • Once around the group, each member should share their impressions and ideas about the work of art and how it represents their conception of human nature
  • Discuss the poster questions
  • Create the poster using the questions and your work of art
  • Decide how you will present your ideas tomorrow - presentations must articulate a clear theory of human nature and should be between 2-3 minutes in length.
Read and annotate Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" - Due Friday - EQ: How would Plato answer question 3 from the art assignment, based on the "Allegory of the Cave"
Thursday
  • Art and human nature project, pt. 3
    • Groups touch bases and finalize presentation plans
    • Presentations
    • Whole class discussion
Read and annotate Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" - Due Friday - EQ: How would Plato answer question 3 from the art assignment, based on the "Allegory of the Cave"
Friday
  • Finish art and human nature presentations
Read and annotate Kant's "What is Enlightenment?" - due Wednesday, September 18 - EQ: We spoke of human nature involving a central irony or paradox. What irony/paradox does Kant describe in his document? How does this relate to the function of government?

Week of September 2

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School
Tuesday
  • Journal - What questions do you have regarding Dennett, or, what is Dennett's essential argument?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Dennett and the illusion of the hard problem of consciousness

Unit 1 exam review today - 3:10-4:00 in room A211;

Unit 1 exam - Thursday

Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish Dennett and the illusion of the hard problem of consciousness
  • Review for exam
  • Unit 2 readings

Unit 1 exam - Thursday;

Read and annotate Plato - due Monday, September 8

Thursday Read and annotate Plato - due Monday, September 8
Friday
  • FFF#2 - Read the article comparing the experience of teaching in the US and Finland.
    • Based on the article, what is the difference between teaching in Finland and teaching in the US?
    • How do you think the differences shape student experience in the US and Finland?
    • If you had a magic wand and could change any one thing about American education, what would it be? Try to consider all of the stakeholders in the US educational system in your response.
Read and annotate Noe - due Monday, September 8

Week of August 26

Date Agenda Homework
Monday

Read and annotate Chalmers (Packet p. 19)- Wednesday;

EQ: Why is the hard problem so difficult?

Unit 1 exam - Midterm 1 - Thursday, September 5

Tuesday
  • Journal - From the presentation. Explain what the picture is and your reasons for this claim
  • Lecture/Discussion - Functionalism
  • Read Searle from p. 20 of the reading packet. What is the point of the Chinese room thought experiment?

Read and annotate Chalmers (Packet p. 19)- Wednesday;

EQ: Why is the hard problem so difficult?

Read Nagel (Packet pp. 17-19) - Answer the questions at the end of the reading - due Thursday;;

Unit 1 exam - Midterm 1 - Thursday, September 5

Wednesday
  • Journal - How does Chalmers distinguish between the easy and hard problems of consciousness? What makes the hard problems hard? Explain.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Finish functionalism and the easy and hard problems of consciousness

Read Nagel (Packet pp. 17-19) - Answer the questions at the end of the reading - due Thursday;

Unit 1 exam - Midterm 1 - Thursday, September 5

Thursday
  • Small group discussion on Nagel, "What is it Like to be a Bat"

Read and annotate Dennett (Packet p. 21) - due Tuesday, September 3; EQ: How does Dennett solve the "hard problem" of consciousness?

Unit 1 exam - Midterm 1 - Thursday, September 5

Friday Unit 1 exam - Midterm 1 - Thursday, September 5

Week of August 19

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Journal - What is Descartes' answer to the mind body problem? Describe the basis of this answer.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Jackson's argument for dualism
First, read and annotate Rauhut (packet 7-9, original page numbers 219-227) and
then Churchland (packet p. 22, paragraphs 1-5) - Due Wednesday - EQ: How is behaviorism different from dualism?
Tuesday
  • Arrange your desks into group formation (making accommodations for new students)
  • Appoint one group member as recorder. make a T chart on a piece of paper. With your group, brainstorm as many claims supporting and opposing dualism as you can (each can be done in a single bullet point). Put your list onto the front board. If your claim is already there, add a check mark next to the claim.
  • Lecture/Discussion - Strengths and weaknesses of substance dualism

First, read and annotate Rauhut (packet 7-9, original page numbers 219-227) and
then Churchland (packet p. 22, paragraphs 1-5) - Due Wednesday,

EQ: How is behaviorism different from dualism?

Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Wrap up problems with Dualism
  • Journal - We are now going to consider materialist theories. 1. What major problem suffered by dualism do all materialist theories avoid? Explain. 2. Specifically, how does behaviorism avoid this problem? (I will check off your annotations at this time)
  • Lecture/Discussion - Logical behaviorism
Read and annotate Rauhut (packet 9-10, original page numbers 227-231) - Due Thursday, EQ: What is the essential difference between behaviorism and Mind-Brain identity?
Thursday
  • Journal - What is the argument that behaviorism is making about the mind? Is this argument the same or different from the argument made by MBI?
  • Lecture/discussion - Behaviorism and MBI

Read and annotate Rauhut (packet 10-13, original page numbers 231-240) - Due Monday, August 26

EQ: What is the difference between a stuff concept and a functional concept? Can you provide an example of each?

Friday

Read and annotate Rauhut (packet 10-13, original page numbers 231-240) - Due Monday, August 26

EQ: What is the difference between a stuff concept and a functional concept? Can you provide an example of each?

Week of August12

Date Agenda Homework
Monday

Read and annotate Russell's "The Value of Philosophy" - Due Tuesday, August 13

EQ: In 2019, we tend to be focused on the pursuit of practical knowledge, as demonstrated by the emphasis placed on STEM. If Russell were alive today, how might he adapt his argument regarding the value of philosophy to the world we live in today.

Mind-body project - due Wednesday, August 14

Tuesday
  • Get into small groups (please arrange the desks neatly)
  • Small group discussion - Russell and the value of philosophy

Mind-body project - due Wednesday, August 14;

Wednesday

  • Mind Body project activity
    • Sit in groups
    • Score your six questions in the following way: For each SA +2, for each A +1 for each D -1 for each SD -2. Total your score write it next to the six questions and circle it. Then use your phone to enter your total here
    • On your desk, arrange your written theory and your illustration so that both are visible at once (side by side). Make sure that your name is clearly visible.
    • Visit each theory. Note down the name and score. Identify the four theories closest to your score and complete the additional information on your MB theory record sheet. Then find four theories where the score is most distant from yours and complete the additional information on your MB theory record sheet.
    • Find four people whose theories are most similar to yours. In these groups, identify what your key similarities are. Then construct a 180 character statement that concretely describes your group's theory on the relationship between the mind and the body (including key definitions). Your theory must address what composes the various elements. Write your completed statement neatly on your MB theory record sheet. Be prepared to argue for your group's ideas tomorrow.
Read and annotate Descartes - Friday
Thursday
  • Brief small group preparation for informal presentations
  • Small group presentation of theories
  • Socratic discussion - mind/body project
    • What counter claims can be made to the theories presented?
    • What do the theories presented say about our conception of ourselves?
    • What are the implication of the theories presented?
  • Unit 1 reading packet /turn in mind body project

Read and annotate Descartes (packet pp. 14-15) - Friday - EQ - Is Descartes a materialist or a dualist?;

 

Friday
  • Journal - Based on the discussion yesterday, what arose as the major difficulty of the mind body problem? Be as specific as you can making reference to issues raised yesterday.
  • Philosophy - The art of critical open mindedness
  • Lecture discussion - Descartes' systematic doubt and dualist ontology
Read and annotate Jackson (packet pp. 16-17) - Monday, August 19 - EQ - What is Jackson's argument for why physicalism (materialism) must be wrong?

Week of August 6

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • No School
Tuesday  
Wednesday
  • Class nuts and bolts:
    • Seating
    • Syllabus basics
    • Who is Mr. Haydock and what should I know about him?
    • Scope and sequence for the year
    • Testing in IB philosophy
 
Thursday
  • Group seating charts (groups of 4. One group of three is allowed. No exceptions.)
  • Questions regarding the syllabus or anything we discussed yesterday?
  • Lecture/Discussion - Philosophical arguments
  • Building arguments from your Tuesday philosophical question
  • Philosophical arguments activity
Friday

Read and annotate Russell's "The Value of Philosophy" - Due Tuesday, August 13

EQ: In 2019, we tend to be focused on the pursuit of practical knowledge, as demonstrated by the emphasis placed on STEM. If Russell were alive today, how might he adapt his argument regarding the value of philosophy to the world we live in today.

Mind-body project - due Wednesday, August 14