Philosophy

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
  • Small group discussion - Lycan
Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19
Thursday
  • Lecture/Discussion - Lycan
Fall midterm 2 - Tuesday, November 19
Friday
  • The ethics of algorithms
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 reframing 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