PHIL 1101:
Introduction to Philosophy

1. Course Introduction


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


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)


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)


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)


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)


25. “Depression” by Andrew Solomon (PDF) and “Adventures in Depression” by Allie Brosh (PDF)

26. “Depression: Illness, Insight, and Identity” by Mike W. Martin (PDF) and “Depression Part Two” by Allie Brosh (PDF)


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

28. Phaedo by Plato (PDF)

* Students, with my guidance, determined the subject for this week.

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