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TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE

Phil10 Sections 4 and 5 / Spring 2005

 

Date

Contents

 

Reading Assignments

 

Jan. 26 (W)

Introductory Remarks

None

1. Philosophy and Philosophical Methods

Jan. 31 (M)

Nature and Function of Philosophy

CR: Part I, Ch. 1

Feb. 2 (W)

Methodological Approaches in Comparison (1):    Socratesís Methodological Perspective in Dialogue

CR: Part I, Ch. 2, A, Plato

Feb. 7 (M)

Methodological Approaches in Comparison  (1): Confuciusís Methodological Perspective in Dialogue / Group Discussion (1)

CR: Part I, Ch. 2, A, Confucius

Feb. 9 (W)

Methodological Approaches in Comparison (2): Two Modes of Instrumental MethodsóLogical Argumentations

CR: Part I, Ch. 2, B, logical argumentations

Feb. 14 (M)

Methodological Approaches in Comparison (2): Two Modes of Instrumental MethodsóEvocative Argumentations / Group Discussion (2)

CR: Part I, Ch. 2, B, evocative argumentations

Feb. 16 (W)

Methodological Approaches in Comparison (3): The Yin-Yang Model of Interaction

CR: Part I, Ch. 2, C, the Yi-Jing / the yin-yang model

Feb. 21 (M)

Methodological Approaches in Comparison (3): Hegelian Model of Interaction / Group Discussion (3)

CR: Part I, Ch. 2, C, Hegelian model

Feb. 23 (W)

Cross-cultural Comparative Approach to Philosophy; Review for 1st Midterm

 

CR: Part I, Ch. 3

 

Feb. 28 (M): First Midterm Exam

2. Epistemology

March 2 (W)

Skepticism

CR: Part II, Ch. 1, A

March 7 (M)

Representative Approaches in Western Philosophy (1): Rationalism / Group Discussion (4)

CR: Part II, Ch. 1, B

March 9 (W)

Representative Approaches in Western Philosophy (2): Empiricism

CR: Part II, Ch. 1, C

March 14 (M)

Representative Approaches in Western Philosophy (3): Kantís Transcendental Constructivism / Group Discussion (5)

CR: Part II, Ch. 1, D

March 16 (W)

Representative Approaches in Chinese Philosophy (1): Zhuang Ziís on Knowledge

CR: Part II, Ch. 2, A

March 21 (M)

Representative Approaches in Chinese Philosophy (2): Wang Yangming on Knowledge and Action / Group Discussion (6)  Review for 2nd Midterm

CR: Part II, Ch. 2, C

March 23 (W): Second Midterm Exam

3. Metaphysics

April 4 (M)

Being and Becoming (1): Parmenidesís Approach vs. Buddhist Approaches

CR: Part III, Ch. 1, A Parmenidesís and Ji Zhangís entries

April 6 (W)

Being and Becoming (2): Heraclitusís Approach and the Yi-Jing Approach / Group Discussion (7)

CR: Part III, Ch. 1, A Heraclitusís and the Yi-Jing entries

April 11 (M)

Universals and Particulars (1): Plato, Aristotle, and Ockham on Universals

CR: Part III, Ch. 1, B, Platoís, Aristotleís and Ockhamís entries

April 13 (W)

Universals and Particulars (2): Lao Ziís Daoist Approach       Group Discussion (8)

CR: Part III, Ch. 1, B, Lao Ziís entry

April 18 (M)

The Subjective and the Objective (1): Aristotle vs. Zhuang Zi on Identities of Objects

CR: Part III, Ch. 2, A

April 20 (W)

The Subjective and the Objective (2): Idealism vs. Realism     Group Discussion (9)

CR: Part III, Ch. 2, B, Lock, Berkeley, Kant, Searle

4. Ethics

April 25 (M)

Conduct Ethics (1): Utilitarianism

CR: Part IV, Ch. 1, A

April 27 (W)

Conduct Ethics (2): Kantian Ethics / Group Discussion (10)

CR: Part IV, Ch. 1, B

May 2 (M)

Virtue Ethics (1): Confucian Approach

CR: Part IV, Ch. 2, B

May 4 (W)

Virtue Ethics (2): Lao Ziís Daoist Approach / Group Discussion (11)

CR: Part IV, Ch. 2, C

May 9 (M)

A Comparative Examination: Virtue, Moral Experience, and Moral Rule

CR: Part IV, Ch. 2, D

May 11 (W)

Discussion Forum: How to apply some philosophical ideas and/or method that you have learnt from this class to look at some issue in your life

 

May 11 (W): Term Paper Due

May 16 (M)

Discussion Forum (continued)                                                   Review for the Final Exam

 

Final Examination:               

Section 4: May 19 (Thursday), 09:45 Ė 12:00 / Section 5: May 23 (Monday), 09:45 - 12:00

Note: The above schedule is for guidance only and may change in the event of extenuating circumstances.