Phl. 302
Dr. Uzgalis
Winter 1999





Jan. 5 -----1---- 1492 and all that.
Jan. 7Aristotle and the American Indians; Packet Part 1
Jan. 12 ----2----Renaissance and Reformation; Montaigne "Apology for Raymond Sebond" in packet
Jan. 14Descartes and Skepticism Med. I; Cottingham, 31--50
Jan. 19 ----3----Descartes on self,Matter and Ideas
--Choice of research area--
Med. II--III up to Pg. 15
Jan. 21 Descartes and Material objectsMed. V-VI
Jan. 26 ----4----Descartes and the Mind Med. VI pg. 44, and pg. 50; Cottingham Ch. 3
Jan. 28Spinoza and Substance
--Midterm study questions passed out--
--Paper Outline due--
"Appendix to Book I of the Ethics in packet; Cottingham Ch. 4
Feb. 2 -----5----Locke and Empiricism Essay II.1--10 (in The Empiricists)
Feb. 9 ----6----Locke on Ideas and Science E. II. 13--20, 22--23
Feb. 11Locke on Free Will E. II. 21; Woolhouse Ch. 6 opt
Feb. 16 ----7----Locke on civil governmentSec. Treatise chap 1--9
Feb. 18 Locke on revolution
--Draft of paper due--
S.T. Chap. 15--19
Feb. 23 ----8---- Slavery and natural rightsEquiano: Chap. 1-10
Feb. 25 Racism and the nature of man Equiano, Chap. 11-14: Packet, Popkin -end
Mar. 2 -----9----Berkeley and qualities Berk. pp. 217--234
Mar. 4 Berkeley and immaterialism Berk. pp. 234-252; Wollhouse Ch 7 opt
Mar. 9 ---10---Hume on ideas, causation and the problem of induction
Enquiry 1--4, and 7; Wollhouse Ch 8 opt.
Mar. 11Hume on Induction
--Research papers due--
--Study Questions for Final passed out
Enquiry 5

Mar. 16Tuesday 12:00 noon. FINAL



  1. Cottingham, The Rationalists, OUP
  2. Descartes, Meditations,
  3. The Empiricists (Locke, Berkeley, Hume), Anchor Books
  4. Locke, Second Treatise of Government
  5. Equiano, Equiano's Travels
  6. Philosophy and Racism (packet)
  7. Writing Philosophy Papers: A student Guide Kendell, Hunt



Web site and electronic conversations

There is a World Wide Web (WWW) site for this class and an e-mail class list. We are going to make as much use of these electronic resources as we can. This will involve periodic exercises making use of the resources of the web site with its QuestWriter tools (which you will use to take quizes and other graded electronic activities). You access the web site by using a web browser such as Netscape, or Internet Explorer.

  • The URL for the Great Voyages web site is:
  • There is a link on the index page of the Great Voyages site to the web based discussion forum(s) for the course.
  • There is also a link for you to login to QuestWriter from the index page of Great Voyages.

You must also have an e-mail address. When you register for QuestWriter, you will automatically be subscribed to the class mailing list. The address for sending messages to the class mailing list is:

The web site is now being used for the fourth year, and the QuestWriter tools are being used in this class for the third year. There are likely going to be some difficulties and frustrations in learning to use these tools and because of bugs and quirks in the tools themselves. If you have difficulties using QuestWriter or other electronic tools, I expect you to come to me promptly to resolve those difficulties. Please do not panic if something goes wrong. Report it to me immediately. You should expect that should there be some computer glich or failure which prevents you from doing an assignment on time, or in some way results in a problem (e.g. an innacurate score in the gradebook), you will not be penalized in a ny way. On the other hand, if your failure to do an assignment is a result of your own procrastination or failure to get proper and timely instruction from me, you can expect that you will be penalized where appropriate.

For a C grade

Questions and Exercises: There will be a series of reading guides for many (though likely not all) of the texts we are readings. Some of these will be true/false questions, some multiple choice and some will involve short answers. While all of the reading guides will be handed out in class, I plan to try to get you to answer as many of these question sets electronically as I can. Those which you do not answer electronically will be turned in in class. There will also be exercises, some done in class, some at home or on the computer, or a combination of these. Some of these will be ungraded, others graded. There will be a significant amount of extra credit points (perhaps as much as 20% of the total points for questions and exercises).

Midterm and Final: There will be a midterm and a final. These will be essay exams. For in class exams I pass out study questions a week before the exam. The questions on the exam come out of the study questions.

How your course grade (C--F) is calculated. The midterm will count %40 of your grade, the final %60. For a grade of C one must take the exams and average a grade of at least a C. One must also get at least half of the available points on class exercises and reading guide questions. No research paper is required. Note that if you choose this option, no matter if you get As on everything, but do not write a research paper, you still get a C for the course.

For a grade of B or A

For a grade of B or A one must meet the Exercise requirement noted above, that is, get at least half of the available points. (Your (A-B) grade on the Exercises will depend on how many points you get beyond half of the available points.) One must take the exams and average a B or A grade on the Exercises, the exams and the paper. In the calculation of your (A-B) course grade, the Exercises will count as 20% of your grade, the midterm will count 20%, the final 30%, and the paper 30% of the total.

Research Paper The paper is a 10 to 12 page research paper. (This means a title page and a minimum of 10 full pages of text.) I will supply you with a variety of possible topics. The web site has also been designed to provide you with a good deal of information which will help you in deciding on a paper topic and writing your paper. One of the required books for the class is: Writing Philosophy Papers: A Student Guide This writing guide is now available on line. This will also provide you with help in writing your paper, the essay exams for the course, and likely enough some of the exercises.

Since discussion in class as well as in the electronic media we are using is very important to this class, everyone should note that while class participation is not given a formal place in the grading scheme, I often reward people who participate actively in class (or e-mail) discussion by raising their grade when they are on a borderline.

This is a four unit course

This is a four unit class which meets three hours a week. The fourth hour you will be working on exercises on the Great Voyages web site, e-mail conversations or at home or doing research for your term paper. Incidentally, while I do not count attendance directly in your grade, failure to attend class over an extended period (more than two weeks absence without written medical documentation) will result in your course grade being lowered one full letter grade.


Philosophy Dept. Office Hours: 8:00 - 12:00 1:00 - 5:00 Monday through Friday
Philosophy Dept phone: 737-2955
Dr. Uzgalis' Office Hours: T. 11-12 W. 3--4 and by appointment

I am always happy to see students during office hours. You are welcome to come by and talk about the material or other topics of interest to you. I expect you to come in and talk to me if you are having difficulties with the material or if you are having problems which might interfere with your work. I also expect you to come in regularly to talk about your progress with the term paper project. I will try to schedule times throughout the term for this purpose.

Office Location: Hovland Hall 205
Office Phone Number: 737-5650
E-mail address:

You can leave messages for me on my phone or e-mail me at any time of day.

Web master: Bill Uzgalis
Philosophy Department
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331 Last Updated: 1/99