philosophic problems, presented through the study of several major
philosophical writings, such as those of Plato, Aristotle,
Descartes, Kant, Hume, Mill, and Whitehead.
Investigates traditional and contemporary philosophical issues
such as the problem of knowledge, nature of reality, question of
free will versus determinism, and existence of mind, soul and God.
All work in this course is
conducted online through computers and the
internet. There are NO class meetings with the
To enable a
some of the basic content in the field of Philosophy:
traditional and current
your awareness of and understanding of philosophical issues.
Demonstrate familiarity with the main areas
of philosophic discourse and be
able to state what major schools of thought there are that have
contributed to the ongoing discussion of these issues
skills of critical
respond to the comments of other students regarding philosophical
course is divided into 8 Modules, and each module contains 2 or more chapters from the textbook.
Modules may last from one to three weeks.
apply to each module:
the assigned textbook
2. Respond to
discussion questions submitted by the instructor.
At least once in each discussion forum in the module.
3. Create and
submit a discussion question about the material.
At least one in each module-a student led discussion.
some or all
of the questions submitted by other students.
to students who respond to your question and responses.
every module you will find a "Virtual Seminar." A virtual
seminar is like a class discussion. Here, for each module and topic,
you are expected to reply to questions from the instructor, you will
ask a "critical thinking" question about some topic in the
chapter, get responses from other students, and reply to those
responses. Here too, you will answer the questions posed by other
students, and they will reply to your answers. You are welcome to keep
up this "virtual discussion" as long as you wish. The idea
here is for each student to join in and to lead a discussion with the
other students about some important issue introduced in the chapter.
of this course as far as your instructor is concerned. It is here that
the process of philosophy will be in evidence. It is here that you get
an opportunity to
DO PHILOSOPHY. This is the component of this online course that fosters the
dialectical process of inquiry that is the heart of Philosophy.
completion of each module there is an essay question. These questions
are my way of testing your understanding of the texts and Virtual
Seminar/Discussions for that module. You will know what the questions
or topics are at the start of each module. You should post your essays
during the 2-day "window" that is established for
submissions, not before. Unlike your responses to the discussion
questions posed by me and the other students, you will submit your
essays just to me, not to the whole class. You need to consider these
essays as "take-home, open-book essay exams", which require
well-organized, thorough responses.
each module there is a "Talk with the Professor" area. Here
I will ask questions which each student should respond to. Also, you
may ask me questions, which I will respond to. Most often, I expect
these questions (mine and yours) will be related to the discussions or
the textbook - but nothing is "off-limits."
documents you will be reading On-Line have a "Ask a
Question" button at the bottom of the page. When you use this
button, it creates a discussion thread that the professor and other
students can participate in. It is the equivalent of "raising
your hand" in the classroom.
Class Participation & Discussion: 16%
Critical Analysis Essays (Papers) : 52%
The Quality of Your Discussion Threads: 32%
There is a required
for this course: it is FREE and available in the course itself and on
There are paper
for this course for those who may feel more comfortable having such a
book rather than reading everything online.
Philosophical Traditions: A Text with Readings. Belmont,
CA: Wadsworth, Publishing, 1998.
course covers most of the chapters of this text.
Selected Dialogues of Plato
course schedule or topics for the list). These dialogues will be
provided to you in English, through a series of Internet links to
sites that contain the dialogues. You may elect to borrow another
translation from the college library or any public library. You may
also elect to purchase a copy for yourself.
inexpensive paperback that contains the dialogues we shall be covering
H. D. Rouse,
Great Dialogues of Plato. Mentor
The other readings are the lessons and students contributions to the
class in the discussion areas and the professor's contributions to
In a fifteen-week semester (Spring and Fall) the
workload for this course would be 9 to 12 hours per week. This includes all the reading, writing, and dialogue with
your instructor and fellow students.
In the SUMMER SESSION with only 8 weeks from @ May
29th to July 23rd the workload in effect is
double that of the regular 15-week semester.
It requires 18 to 24hours per week to successfully complete
this online course.
This requires a serious commitment on the part of
the learner. You can
access the course at any time from any computer with an Internet
connection. However, you
must put in the effort, the labor, the work needed to meet the course
requirements and obtain a passing grade.
The course can prove to be a lot of fun for those
who take it seriously and keep up with the workload.
For those who are unable to put in the time and fall behind the
course could prove to be quite horrible.
You are encouraged to read the student comments
on the course before the course begins.
They indicate that the course is rewarding, some fun, but a
great deal of work.
consider carefully what time you have available for this course.
If you decide to continue on in the course, I look forward to
“seeing” you online.