PHIL 101: Great Western Philosophers

Syllabus for Fall 2016

T/R 2:00-3:15 in Smith 140





The syllabus can be found on the Sakai page for the course. If we need to change the syllabus – for example, if we have a hurricane – I will try to update the syllabus on the Sakai page in a timely manner. Be sure to check your e-mail regularly for messages about the class.  This is especially important if we have weather issues.



          Professor K. Rogers               831-8480


Office:  24 Kent Way, Room 204.  Office Hours Fall 2016:  MW 3-4:30 and by appointment



TEXT: Philosophy: History and Readings , Samuel Enoch Stumpf and James Fieser, eds. You can use either the 8th or the 9th Edition.


Page numbers preceded by 8: refer to the Eighth Edition.


Page numbers preceded by 9: refer to the newest, Ninth Edition. (The Ninth Edition includes summaries and study questions which you are not required to read, but which you might find helpful.)



Do the readings before class.  Note that the book is divided into a primary section about the philosophers under discussion, and a secondary section of material by the philosophers.  The page numbers start over at the beginning of the second section.


I will post the Powerpoint slides on the Sakai page under “Resources” shortly after each lecture. There are also notes on my webpage: (These notes cover more than we will get to in class. You will never be responsible for material not mentioned in class.)


REQUIREMENTS: Four multiple choice tests, one after each section, plus a grade for the daily class quizzes. The scores for these five elements will be weighted equally in figuring the final grade.  At the end of the semester I will add up the five scores and divide by five.  Numerical and letter equivalents are as follows: 93-100=A, 90-92=A-, 87-89=B+, 83-86=B, 80-82=B-, 77-79=C+, 73-76=C, 70-72=C-, 67-69=D+, 63-66=D, 55-62=D-, below 55 = F.


Multiple Choice Tests: Each of the four multiple choices tests will have 30 questions. I cannot alter the score you receive on the test, even if it is the result of clerical errors on your part. To see what an exam cover sheet with instructions looks like, and to see a few sample test questions, go to the end of the webpage notes for 101, Section I, Ancient on my web page.


Quiz score: Over the course of the semester I will ask a number of clicker quizzes (probably about 40). At the end of the semester I will record the scores as if it were for a test of 30 questions. So if you get 37 right, that’s a 100, and if you get 30 right, that’s a 100, and if you get 29 right that’s a 97,  etc. The clicker quizzes might be on the assigned reading, on what we talked about in the previous class, or on what we talked about earlier in the same class. With the chance to get 40 right, consider this an easy way to get an A on 1/5 of the course requirements. YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE A CLICKER AND TO REGISTER IT ON THE SAKAI PAGE FOR THIS COURSE. I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU CREDIT FOR A QUIZ EXCEPT THROUGH YOUR GETTING IT RIGHT IN CLASS. (So if, for example, your clicker isn’t working or you forget your clicker one day, I won’t be able to give you credit, even if you knew the answer.)






30        Introduction




1          The Pre-Socratics: 8: pp.3-19, 11-15 (from  Fragments); 9: pp.3-19, 5-9.


6          The Pre-Socratics continued: 8: pp.19-25, 15-16 (from Fragments); 9: pp.19-23, 9-10.


8          The Sophists and Socrates: 8: pp.26-40, pp.16-17 (from Fragments), pp. 32-37 (from Apology, just the beginning.); 9: pp.28-42, 10-11, 26-31.         


13        Plato: 8:pp. 41-67, pp. 60-66 (from the Republic); 9: pp.45-72, 54-60.


15        Plato continued


20        Aristotle: 8: pp.68-89 (You can skip the part on art.), pp.70-75 (from Physics, Metaphysics, and On the Soul); 9: pp.74-95, 64-69.


            22        Aristotle continued:8: pp. 75-89 (from Nichomachean Ethics and Politics); 9: pp.69-83.


            27        TEST #1 (Tests include questions on all the material we have covered up to the test.)       







29        Introduction to God (no readings).




4          St. Augustine: 8: pp.114 – 129; 9:  pp.124-140.        


6          Augustine continued,:8: pp. 117-119 (from Of the Morals of the Catholic Church.); 9:pp. 111- 113.


            11      Brief note on Islamic and Jewish thought:8: pp.143-148; 9: pp.155-161:

St. Thomas Aquinas: 8: pp.   149-168, Proving God  pp.124-127 (from Summa Theologica. Note that AObjections@ are the views with which Aquinas disagrees!); 9: pp.163-182, 118-123.


13        Aquinas’ proofs for God continued. (no readings).


            18       Aquinas, Ethics and Law: 8: pp.129-133 (from Summa Theologica); 9: pp.123-127


            20        TEST #2        





             25         Descartes: 8: pp.204-215, pp.150-163 (from Meditations and The Passions of the Soul);

                          9: pp.222-233, 153-166.


            27        Locke's epistemology: 8: pp.229-236, 167-173 (from Essay concerning Human Understanding); 9: pp.249-256, 195-201 and Berkeley: 8: pp.239-244, 174 -183(from Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous); 9: pp.259-264, 202-211.





1          Hobbes and Locke on government: 8: pp.199-203, 236-239; 9: pp. 215-219, 256-259.






10        Hume: 8: pp.244-253, pp.183-196 (from Treatise of Human Nature); 9: pp.264-273, 211-224.


15        Hume continued: 8:  pp. 210-216 (from  Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion; 9:pp. 238-245  


17        Test #3









            29         Kant: 8: pp.271-284 (With a nod to Fichte); 9: pp.295-306.





1          Kant:8: pp.284-290 (skip the part on art), pp.252-258 (from Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals); 9: pp. 308-314, 280-286.


            6          Mill: 8: pp.327-333, 281-291 (from On Liberty and Utilitarianism); 9: pp.355-361, 309-319.



            8          Marx: 8: pp.346-360, pp.291-298(from "The Communist Manifesto") (With a little introduction to Hegel); 9:pp.377-390, 319-326.



Test #4 during exam period. This test covers only section IV.  It is not cumulative.