Instructor: Graham Leach-Krouse
Location: Kedzie 214
Textbook: A New History of Western Philosophy, Kenny
True, we've learned a lot since Plato.
But there are some things Plato (and others) said that haven't yet been said better.
You might have a good friend, who you disagree with about many things.
You might still learn from this friend---not by believing what she believes, but by watching how she thinks.
Even the most practical man of affairs is usually in the thrall of some long dead economist
---John Maynard Keynes,
This is doubly true if you substitute "philosopher" for "economist".
Two presentations. Each should be a short informative video, about ten minutes long.
You can work with a group, or by yourself, on a topic of your choosing, or on a topic I suggest for you.
There will four main due dates. You'll find out which due dates you need to pay attention to by next week.
There will be two exams: a midterm and a final.
You'll need to be able to answer questions about the views of different figures, explain important concepts, and reconstruct the main arguments we've discussed.
discussion in class
discussion outside of class
other signs of engagement
Grades will be calculated as follows
I think it's usually a bad idea.
Do what you will.
War, Democracy, Justice
Geometry, Logic, Cosmology
Where these things all come together.
Reading: introductions to Kenny and to Kenny part 1. Optional: Appiah on Western culture.