Philosophy
Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Journal - Plato's Allegory of the Cave
    • In small groups - 1) Plato's Allegory can be viewed as a journey. In your groups, discuss and agree to the steps of this journey. What is the defining characteristics of each step? 2) Based on this journey, what do you think Plato's argument is about the defining element of human nature? Is there a conflict within this conception of human nature? What is that conflict? (in other words, are there two competing human natures?) 3) Questions regarding the Cave?
  • Discussion - Plato's AotC
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
  • Small group discussion of Kant's "What is Enlightenment?"
Read P. 5 from the packet (+ the supplemental reading handed out in class. EQ: What view of human nature emerges from these religious texts? Explain your answer with quotes from the document - Due Friday
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 - 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