Philosophy 100, Fall 2012

Philosophy 100A


Introduction to Philosophy

MW 2:30
Thompson 104
Fred Feldman
Fall, 2012



Administrative Information

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Notes and News



Syllabus 100

  1. Missed Quiz Policy
  2. Electronic Communications Policy
  3. Tutoring Policy
  4. Discussion sections
  • Quiz #1

  • Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 7:00pm.

  • Schedule Information for Quiz #1 Fall, 2012
  • Scores on Quiz #1 Fall, 2010
  • Final, Official Study Guide for Quiz 1, Fall, 2012

    Quiz #2

  • Wednesday, October 31 , 2012, 7:00pm.

  • Revised Sandy Edition of Study Guide for Quiz 2, Fall, 2012
  • Schedule Information for Quiz 2, Fall, 2012
  • Scores from Quiz 2, Spring, 2007

    Quiz #3

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7:00pm.

  • Final, Official Study Guide for Quiz 3, Fall, 2012
  • Schedule Information for Quiz 3, Fall, 2012

    Take Over Day F2012

  • Information on Takeover Day and Grade Calculation for F2012


  • Handouts

    Course Introduction
  • Handout CI-1 (General Introduction to Philosophy)
  • Handout CI-2 (Arguments, Validity & Soundness)
  • Handout CI-3 (Logic #1)
  • Handout CI-4 (Logic #2)
  • Handout CI-5 (Logic #3)

    Freedom and Determinism
  • Handout FD-1 (The Problem of Freedom and Determinism)
  • Handout FD-2 (Hard Determinism)
  • Handout FD-3 (Indeterminism)
  • Handout FD-4 (Soft Determinism)
  • Handout FD-5 (Libertarianism)

    Philosophical Anthropology
  • Handout PA-1 (Fundamentals of Philosophical Anthropology)
  • Handout PA-2a (Objections to Materialism)
  • Handout PA-3 (Cartesian Dualism)
  • Handout PA-4 (Arguments Pro and Con Cartesian Dualism)

    Philosophical Theology
  • Handout PT-1 (Fundamentals of Philosophical Theology)
  • Handout PT-2 (Cosmological Arguments)
  • Handout PT-3 (The Argument from Sufficient Reason)
  • Handout PT-4 (Ontological Arguments)
  • Handout PT-5 (Design Arguments)
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