Course Schedule (PHIL 101 | Spring 2016)
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DateTopicRequired ReadingsNotes
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1/13/12016Course IntroductionCourse Syllabus; Course Schedule
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1/15/2016Course OrientationCal Newport, How to Win at College (Excerpts, Part 1)
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1/18/2016NO CLASS: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
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1/20/2016NO CLASS: SNOW DAY
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1/22/2016What Is Philosophy?Louis Pojman, "What Is Philosophy?"
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1/25/2016The Value of PhilosophySimon Blackburn, Mariana Allessandri, and John Kaag, "Can philosophy survive in an academy driven by impact and employability?"; Scott Aikin and Robert Talisse, "Welders and Philosophers"
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1/27/2016Philosophical ArgumentE. J. Coffman, "Finding, Clarifying, and Evaluating Arguments," Sections 1-3
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1/29/2016E. J. Coffman, "Finding, Clarifying, and Evaluating Arguments," Section 4
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2/1/2016John Arthur, "Informal Fallacies"Exam 1 Study Guide Distributed
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2/3/2016Happiness EconomicsRobert Skidelsky & Edward Skidelsky, "The Mirage of Happiness" (Excerpt, pp. 102-113)
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2/5/2016Robert Skidelsky & Edward Skidelsky, "The Mirage of Happiness" (Excerpt, pp. 113-123)
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2/8/2016Psychological Perspectives on HappinessShane Lopez, Jennifer Pedrotti, and C. R. Snyder, "The Principles of Pleasure" (pp. 143-156)
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2/10/2016Shane Lopez, Jennifer Pedrotti, and C. R. Snyder, "Mindfulness, Flow, and Spirituality" (pp. 264-266, 272, 276-283)
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2/12/2016NO CLASS: SNOW DAY
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2/15/2016Psychological Perspectives on HappinessJune Gruber, "Four Ways Happiness Can Hurt You"
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2/17/2016Exam 1
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2/19/2016Is The Good Life All About Pleasure?Robert Nozick, "The Experience Machine"; Joel Kupperman, "Myth One: Pursuing Comfort and Pleasure Will Lead to the Best Possible Life" (pp. 1-7); Aristotle, "On the Good Life" (Optional)
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2/22/2016Joel Kupperman, "Myth One: Pursuing Comfort and Pleasure Will Lead to the Best Possible Life" (pp. 7-21)
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2/24/2016The Meaning of LifeRoy Baumeister, "The Meanings of Life"
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2/26/2016Stephen Law, "The Meaning of Life"Exam 2 Study Guide Distributed
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2/29/2016Suffering and BoredomAndreas Elpidorou, "The Quiet Alarm"; David Brooks, "What Suffering Does"
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3/2/2016The Dark Side of ConsumptionJoanne Ciulla, "Leisure and Consumption" (Excerpts)
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3/4/2016Joshua Gambrel & Phil Cafaro, "The Virtue of Simplicity" (pp. 86-95)
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3/7/2016Joshua Gambrel & Phil Cafaro, "The Virtue of Simplicity" (pp. 95-97, 102-106)
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3/9/2016Exam 2
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3/11/2016Writing Philosophy PapersLewis Vaughn, "Defending a Thesis in an Argumentative Essay"
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3/14/2016NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK
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3/16/2016
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3/18/2016
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3/21/2016Work & LeisureAndre Agassi, Open (Excerpts)
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3/23/2016Mark Rowlands, "Tennis with Plato"
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3/25/2016NO CLASS: SPRING RECESS
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3/28/2016FriendshipAristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 8
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3/30/2016Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 9
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4/1/2016Sex, Love, and ProcreationJoan McGregor, Is It Rape? (Excerpts)
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4/4/2016Aaron Ben-Zeev, "Endless Love"
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4/6/2016Nattavudh Powdthavee, "Think Having Children Will Make You Happy?"Exam 3 Study Guide Distributed
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4/8/2016Morality, Hope, and DeathPlato, "Why Be Moral?"Short Paper Due by 5:00 pm
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4/11/2016John Nolt, "Hope, Self-Transcendence, and Environmental Ethics" (pp. 162-173)
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4/13/2016
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4/15/2016Mary Talbot, "The Good Death"Short Paper (Extensions) Due by 5:00 pm
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4/18/2016Exam 3
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4/20/2016Approaching the Final ProjectCal Newport, How to Win at College (Excerpts, Part 2)
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4/22/2016Course Conclusion
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4/25/2016Term Paper Outlines Due by 5:00 pm
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4/27/2016Conferences Regarding Term Papers
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4/29/2016
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5/4/2016Final Exam Period: 2:45-4:45 pmExam Retakes in ClassFinal Day of Scheduled Office Hours
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5/8/2016Term Papers, Short Paper Rewrites, and Any Remaining Coursework Due by 5:00 pm
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