The First Week of the Course

During this week we are going to talk about the course, and especially some new features such as the this web site and the Philosophy Department writing manual. We will begin talking about the era we are studying and discuss the philosophical implications of the Spanish conquest of the Americas.

Reading and Assignments for the week

You will be reading the sections from and about Father Bartoleme de las Casas in the packet of readings available at the OSU bookstore. These are the very first sections in the packet.

There will also be an assignment regarding de las Casas on the web site. This assignment is designed to help you familiarize yourself with the web site and to gain useful information from it.

Main Themes

For a some idea of the main themes we are covering this week, go to the beginning sections of Stories and Themes.