PHIL 1101:
Introduction to Philosophy

Student Materials

Course Syllabus

Reading Responses

First Paper

Second Paper

1. Course Introduction

METAPHILOSOPHY

2. “Philosophy and Human Affairs” by Kwame Gyekye (PDF)

PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

3. Proslogion (selections) by Anselm of Canterbury (PDF), Summa Theologica (selections) by Thomas Aquinas (PDF), and Natural Theology (selections) by William Paley (PDF)

4. “The Ethics of Belief” by William K. Clifford (PDF) and “The Will to Believe” by William James (PDF)

5. “The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism” by William L. Rowe (PDF)

6. “A Critique of Christian Masochism” by Dorothee Soelle (PDF)

ETHICS

7. Euthyphro by Plato (PDF)

8. “The Challenge of Cultural Relativism” by James Rachels (PDF)

9. “Virtue Theory” by Rosalind Hursthouse (PDF)

10. “Do the Wicked Flourish? Virtue Ethics and Unjust Social Privilege” by Lisa Tessman (PDF)

11. Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals (selections) by Immanuel Kant (PDF)

12. Utilitarianism (selections) by John Stuart Mill (PDF) and “Ivan’s Challenge” by Fyodor Dostoevsky (PDF)

13. “The Objectivist Ethics” by Ayn Rand (PDF)

14. “Confucianism and Ubuntu: Reflections on a Dialogue Between Chinese and African Traditions” by Daniel A. Bell and Thaddeus Metz (PDF)

15. “A Defense of Abortion” by Judith Jarvis Thomson (PDF)

16. “A Defense of the Death Penalty” by Louis P. Pojman (PDF)

EPISTEMOLOGY

17. Meditations on First Philosophy (selections) by René Descartes (PDF)

18. “Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?” by Edmund L. Gettier (PDF)

19. “Epistemologies of Ignorance: Three Types” by Linda Martín Alcoff (PDF)

20. On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt (PDF)

PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

21. Mencius (selections) by Mencius (PDF) and “Human Nature Is Bad” by Xunzi (PDF)

22. “Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior” by James B. Stockdale (PDF)

23. I and Thou (selections) by Martin Buber (PDF)

24. Existentialism Is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre (PDF)

TO BE DETERMINED*

25. TBD

26. TBD

PHILOSOPHY OF DEATH

27. “Death and Denial” by Ernest Becker (PDF)

28. Phaedo by Plato (PDF)

* Students, with my guidance, will determine the readings for these days.

© Douglas Ficek