PHL201: InterQuest Class Assignments - Winter 2010
Language and the Mind
Week One
Mon. 01/04/10-
Sun   01/10/10
Do this
Select a Philosophical Framework after reading the online text (see Read below).
Research the Philosophical Framework (look for the Research Button) and Framework Philosopher that you select (see the instructions in the Frameworks pages when you make your selection).
Read
Philosophical Frameworks (online text)
Philosophy as a Quest Part I & II (online text)
Philosophical Ideas I: Study the following ideas by reading the corresponding sections of A World of Ideas:
Absolute, Determinism, Freedom, God - concepts of & arguments for, Holism, Nihilism, Pantheism, Relativism, Skepticism, Truth.
Listen

Philosophy Talk: Language and Thought  This file is in Mp3 format. Use your favorite audio player (e.g. Windows Media player, iTunes, Quicktime, etc.) to listen to the program. Please let me know if you have any difficulty.
Use the Study Guide in the Study Guides section of the course.
Read the "Listening Notes" for the program. If you are able (and you are, you are!), please visit 'papers' section of Lera Boroditsky's web site and maybe even read one or two! I suggest "Linguistic Relativity" (2003, Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science) and "Metaphoric Structuring: Understanding time through spatial metaphors", (2000, Cognition). 
Is this stuff cool or what?!

Boroditsky's research is described in a short radio piece from NPR Morning Edition. I think that you will enjoy this.
Shakespeare Had Roses All Wrong. Look for the link that reads: Listen Now [7 min 19 sec]. Select it to hear the program.

Here is an alternate stream in case the RealPlayer version does not work for you.
Language and Thought

Write Conceptual Precis I: Write and submit a conceptual precis on the idea of your choice from Philosophical Ideas I. Set up and use your own OSU Blog to post this assignment.
Due: Wednesday of week 2
Dialogue My Philosophy (use the "Dialogues" link in the Blackboard site).
  Start Activity 1: Philosophical Interviews
Due: Mon of week 4
Self and Nation: the concept of "patriotism"
Week Two
Mon 01/11/10 -
Sun  101/17/10
Read
The Social Contract--Jean Jacques Rousseau, (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
Of Civil Government--John Locke, (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
The Rebel--Albert Camus, (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
Patriotism, Igor Primoratz, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/patriotism)
Philosophical Ideas II: Study the following ideas by reading the corresponding sections of A World of Ideas:
Abstraction, Atomism, Being/Becoming (see Nietzsche), Elements, Essence, Materialism, Monism (see Pluralism), Mysticism, Substance, Zeno’s Paradoxes.
Listen

Philosophy Talk: Patriotism vs Cosmopolitanism
(Look for the "Listen to the episode" or "Listen Online" link. This streaming audio runs about on hour and requires Real Player. I recommend the genuinely Free Basic Player instead of the Trial version of the Premium Player. The Real.com does not make this choice very easy to see. The main point is that you are not required to purchase a player. if you need help with this, please let me know. Read the "Listening Notes" and make use of the linked resources there).

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Patriotism vs. Cosmopolitanism

Write Conceptual Precis II: Write and submit a conceptual precis on the idea of your choice from Philosophical Ideas II.
Due: Monday of week 3.
Dialogue The Concept of Patriotism (use the "Dialogues" link in the Blackboard site).
  Start Activity 1: Philosophical Interviews
Due: Mon of week 4
What am I: the concept of "self"
Week Three
Mon 01/18/10 -
Sun  01/24/10
Read
Me, My Soul, and I, Interview with Douglass Hofstadter (online text)
Self-reference, Wikipedia article (online text)
The Self, John Perry (online text)
Philosophical Ideas III: Study the following ten ideas by reading the corresponding sections of A World of Ideas: Aesthetics, Democracy, Dialectic, Epistemology, Ethics, Logic, Logos, Metaphysics, Sophists, Virtue, Soul and Spirit.
Listen

Philosophy Talk: Persons, Selves, Souls, and Loops
(Look for the "Listen to the episode" link. This streaming audio runs about on hour and requires Real Player. I recommend the genuinely Free Basic Player instead of the Trial version of the Premium Player. The Real.com does not make this choice very easy to see. The main point is that you are not required to purchase a player. if you need help with this, please let me know. Read the "Listening Notes").

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Persons, Selves, Souls, and Loops

Write Conceptual Precis III: Write and submit a conceptual precis on the idea of your choice from Philosophical Ideas III.
Due: Monday of week 4.
Dialogue The Concept of Self (use the "Dialogues" link in the Blackboard site).
  Do Activity 1: Philosophical Interviews
Due: Mon of week 4
Descartes: The Method of Doubt
Week Four
Mon 01/25/10 -
Sun  01/31/10
Read
Meditations on a First Philosophy--Rene Descartes (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
Philosophical Portrait: Descartes' Portrait
Meditations I & II: Text
Meditations Commentary (requires Flash and audio capabilities)
Philosophical Ideas IV:Study the following ideas by reading the corresponding sections of A World of Ideas:
Appearance vs. Reality, Hierarchy of Being, Idealism, Ideas, Neoplatonism, Perception, Plato’s Cave, Realism, State, Universals, Kant, Leibniz, Locke.
Listen

Philosophy Talk: Skepticism
(Look for the "Listen to the episode" link. This streaming audio runs about on hour and requires Real Player. I recommend the genuinely Free Basic Player instead of the Trial version of the Premium Player. The Real.com does not make this choice very easy to see. The main point is that you are not required to purchase a player. if you need help with this, please let me know. Read the "Listening Notes").

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Skepticism

Write Conceptual Precis IV: Write and submit a conceptual precis on the idea of your choice from Philosophical Ideas IV.
Due: Monday of week 5.
Dialogue Skepticism (use the "Dialogues" link in the Blackboard site).
  Start Activity 1: Philosophical Interviews
Due: Mon of week 4
Skepticism: Reconsidered
Week Five
Mon 02/01/10 -
Sun  02/07/10

Read

Does Skeptism Make Sense?, Jon Dorbolo
Outlines of Pyrrohnism, Sextus Empiricus (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
A Treatise of Human Nature, David Hume (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
Appearance and Reality (selection) by Bertrand Russell (online text).
Philosophical Ideas V: Study the following ideas by reading the corresponding sections of A World of Ideas:
Berkeley, Deism, Identity, Individualism, James, Meaning, Nominalism (and Ockham's Razor), Pragmatism, Scientific Method, Solipsism.
Listen

Philosophy Talk: The Nature of Imagination
(Look for the "Listen to the episode" link. This streaming audio runs about on hour and requires Real Player. I recommend the genuinely Free Basic Player instead of the Trial version of the Premium Player. The Real.com does not make this choice very easy to see. The main point is that you are not required to purchase a player. if you need help with this, please let me know. Read the "Listening Notes").

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The Nature of Imagination

Write Conceptual PrecisV: Write and submit a conceptual precis on the idea of your choice from Philosophical Ideas V. Post it to your Blog.
Due: Monday of week 6.
Dialogue Appearance, Reality, and Imagination (use the "Dialogues" link in the Blackboard site).
Marx: Analysis of History
Week Six
Mon 02/08/10 -
Sun  02/14/10
Read

Marx: Selected Works--Karl Marx (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
Philosophical Portraits: Marx Portrait

Some Forms of Skepticism, Jon Dorbolo
Even though we are moving on in topic, I want to follow-up on your study of skepticism. I've written this essay in order to present to you why I think this is a meaningful topic. Included in this essay is my own views about the skeptical problems of knowledge. I hope that you will send me your reactions to and ideas about this essay.

Philosophical Ideas VI: Study the following ideas by reading the corresponding sections of A World of Ideas:
Capitalism, Cause, Class, Communism, Competition, Critical Theory (and Major Figures), Cultural materialism, dialectical materialism, laissez-faire, market, Marx, Marxism, materialism, Deduction and Induction, Empiricism, Naturalism, Materialism, Marxism.
Philosophical Minds VI

Study the ideas of the following Philosophers:

Jean-Jaques Rousseau, G.F.W. Hegel, Karl Marx, Mary Wollstonecraft.

Your primary source: One Hundred Philosophers, Peter J. King.
Also use the books A World of Ideas and Philosophical Classics as well as the online Philosopher Portraits where applicable.

Listen

Philosophy Talk: Marx 
(Look for the "Listen to the episode" link. This streaming audio runs about on hour and requires Real Player. I recommend the genuinely Free Basic Player instead of the Trial version of the Premium Player. The Real.com does not make this choice very easy to see. The main point is that you are not required to purchase a player. if you need help with this, please let me know. Read the "Listening Notes").

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Karl Marx

Write Conceptual PrecisVI: Write and submit a conceptual precis on the idea of your choice from Philosophical Ideas VI.
Due: Monday of week 7.
Dialogue  Marxism (use the "Dialogues" link in the Blackboard site).
Persian and Arabic Philosophy
Week Seven
Mon 02/15/10 -
Sun  02/21/10
Read
Knowledge and Religious Experience, Allameh Muhammad Iqbal.
Ibqal is a modern poet-philosopher in Pakistan. You can learn more about him at his official website and a wikipedia article. This reading is the first chapter of Ibqal's book The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam. It is medium length reading (about ten pages) which is why it is the only reading this week. Read it all and take notes, to at least make an outline of main ideas and arguments. Ibqal's analysis provides touchstones in the history of thought. Don't let these references through you off. You can get the main ideas and arguments without knowing everthing all at once. Note that Ibqal is not making arguments in favor of Islam, he is addressing a classic problem in philosophy: the relations between reason and faith. This issue is important both theoretically and practically in the present, especially as religious movement gain increasing political power, both in Muslim nations and in the US. Whether or not you are religious and whatever religion that may be, Ibqal manages to thoughtfully raise issues that are relevant to us all.
The Book of Salvation, Avincenna (ibn-Sina), (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
The Incoherence of the Incoherence, Averroes (ibn-Roshd), (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
Philosophical Ideas VII:Study the following ideas by reading the corresponding sections of A World of Ideas:
Phenominalism, Islam, Ibn Kaldun, Ibn Rushd, Ibn Sina, Muhammad, Zoroastrianism.
 
Listen

Philosophy Talk: Islamic Philosophy
(Look for the "Listen to the episode" link. This streaming audio runs about on hour and requires Real Player. I recommend the genuinely Free Basic Player instead of the Trial version of the Premium Player. The Real.com does not make this choice very easy to see. The main point is that you are not required to purchase a player. if you need help with this, please let me know. Read the "Listening Notes").

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Islamic Philosophy

Write Conceptual Precis VII: Write and submit a conceptual precis on the idea of your choice from Philosophical Ideas VII.
Due: Monday of week 8.
Dialogue Persian and Arabic Philosophy (use the "Dialogues" link in the Blackboard site).
Asian & Indian Philosophy
Week Eight
Mon 02/22/10 -
Sun  02/28/10
Read   Tao Te Ching, Lao Tze (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
Analects, Confucius (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
Crest Jewel of Wisdom, S’ankara (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
Zen Buddhism, Daisetz Suzuki (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
"When Jesus met Buddha," Philip Jenkins (online text)
Philosophical Ideas VIII: Study the following ideas by reading the corresponding sections of A World of Ideas:
Yin and Yang, Taoism, Buddha, Buddhism, Confucianism, Dharma, Enlightenment, Gandhi, Golden Rule, Hinduism (and Hindu Schools and Modern Hindu Movements), Karma, Yoga.
Listen

Philosophy Talk: Zen
(Look for the "Listen to the episode" link. This streaming audio runs about on hour and requires Real Player. I recommend the genuinely Free Basic Player instead of the Trial version of the Premium Player. The Real.com does not make this choice very easy to see. The main point is that you are not required to purchase a player. if you need help with this, please let me know. Read the "Listening Notes").

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Zen?

Write Conceptual Precis VIII: Write and submit a conceptual precis on the idea of your choice from Philosophical Ideas VII.
Due: Monday of week 9.
Dialogue Asian & Indian Philosophy (use the "Dialogues" link in the Blackboard site).
What is Race?

Week Nine
Mon 03/01/10 -
Sun  03/07/10

Read
The Conservation of Races, W.E.B Dubois
This is an online text of Dubois' 1897 essay. If you have any difficulty accessing it, please let me know.
The Concept of Race in the Human Species in the light of Genetics, Ashley Montagu
This is an online text which is a chapter of the book "The Idea of Race" edited by by Robert Bernasconi and Tommy Lee Lott, Chapter 12, pages 100-107 as found in Google Books. You may link from the table of contents, but google books are not printable. If you have any difficulty accessing this text, please let me know.
Philosophical Ideas IX: Study the following ideas by reading the corresponding sections of A World of Ideas:
DuBois, Double Consciousness, Douglass, Equality, Essence, Fanon, Postcolonial Theory, Race and Racism, Social Constructionism, Washington (Booker T)
.
Listen

Philosophy Talk: What is Race?
(Look for the "Listen to the episode" link. This streaming audio runs about on hour and requires Real Player. I recommend the genuinely Free Basic Player instead of the Trial version of the Premium Player. The Real.com does not make this choice very easy to see. The main point is that you are not required to purchase a player. if you need help with this, please let me know. Read the "Listening Notes").

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What is Race?

Philosophy Talk: W.E.B. DuBois
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W.E.B. DuBois

Write Conceptual Precis II: Write and submit a conceptual precis on the idea of your choice from Philosophical Ideas IX.
Due: Monday of week 10.
Dialogue The Concept of Race(use the "Dialogues" link in the Blackboard site).
Political Philosophy: Freedom of Speech

Week Ten
Mon 03/08/10 -
Sun  03/14/10

 

Read
Essay on Liberty--John Stuart Mill (Masterpieces of World Philosophy, Magill)
Philosophical Ideas X: Study the following ideas by reading the corresponding sections of A World of Ideas:
Analytic Philosophy, Anthropic Principle, Artificial Intelligence, Chomsky, Consciousness, Deconstruction, Existentialism, Feminism, Foucault, Gestalt.
Listen

Philosophy Talk: Freedom of Speech
(Look for the "Listen to the episode" link. This streaming audio runs about on hour and requires Real Player. I recommend the genuinely Free Basic Player instead of the Trial version of the Premium Player. The Real.com does not make this choice very easy to see. The main point is that you are not required to purchase a player. if you need help with this, please let me know. Read the "Listening Notes").

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Freedom of Speech

Write Conceptual Precis X: Write and submit a conceptual precis on the idea of your choice from Philosophical Ideas X.
Due: Monday of week 11.
Write

Biographical Precis: My Self  ------   (Read Biographical Precis explanation pages)
Due: Friday 12/13/2009

Dialogue Freedom of Speech (use the "Dialogues" link in the Blackboard site).
 
Week Eleven
Mon 03/15/10 -
Fri    03/19/10
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