Introduction to Philosophy
Review Information for First Exam
Information on the Paper
The materials below are from a previous offering of this class, which used a different text. I will add updated information for the current semester as it progresses.
Review Information for Second Exam (fall 2007)
Review Information for Final Exam (fall 2007)
paper checklist - a short list of criteria you should try to make sure your paper meets
This section contains miscellaneous introductory notes on a number of topics in philosophy. Most of them are not specifically geared to this semester's text, but you may still find them useful.
What is Philosophy?
Notes on Perry & Bratman's Introduction
Russell on the Objective Point of View
Philosophy of Religion
Anselm's Ontological Argument
Aquinas's Cosmological and Teleological Arguments
Metaphysics and Epistemology
Plato: Two Worlds
Rationalism: Plato and Descartes
Berkeley: An Overview
Hume on Experimental Inference
Sober on epistemology
Free Will and Determinism
Philosophy of Mind
The "indubitable existence" argument for dualism
The Identity Theory: Overview
Metaethics (summary and discussion of Sober)
There are far too many useful web resources in philosophy for me to attempt to link a significant percentage of them. I recommend the following sites as sources of useful links: Guide to Philosophy on the Internet and Episteme Links. Here are few links on particular topics covered in this class:
- The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a very good online article on the ontological argument. A version set to the tune of "Waltzing Matilda" seems to have disappeared from the Stanford Encyclopedia site, but can still be found here. The Stanford Encyclopedia also has an article on Leibniz on the problem of evil, and on many other topics relevant to this class.
- Also in the Stanford Encyclopedia, we find a long article on Descartes' Epistemology.
- A good discussion of Searle's Chinese Room Argument by Larry Hauser is here.
- A very nice discussion of the "knowledge argument" against physicalism (i.e. the argument of Nagel's "What is it Like to Be a Bat?" and Frank Jackson's discussion of Mary the color scientist).
- For ethics, an absolutely essential site is Lawrence Hinman's Ethics Updates.