Philosophy

Week of August 26

Date Agenda Homework
Monday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Strengths and weaknesses of MBI
  • Unit 1 exam outline

Read and annotate Chalmers - Tuesday;

Unit 1 exam - Midterm 1 - Wednesday, September 4

Tuesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Functionalism

Read and annotate Nagel - due Thursday;

Unit 1 exam - Midterm 1 - Wednesday, September 4

Wednesday
  • Lecture/Discussion - easy and hard problems of consciousness

Read and annotate Nagel - due Thursday;

Unit 1 exam - Midterm 1 - Wednesday, September 4

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

Read and annotate Dennett - due tomorrow;

Unit 1 exam - Midterm 1 - Wednesday, September 4

Friday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Dennett and the illusion of the hard problem of consciousness
Unit 1 exam - Midterm 1 - Wednesday, September 4

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