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Updated 12/6/2016

Phil 108 has one in-class midterm, a quiz, a final, and three short papers.

 

THIRD ESSAY TOPICS DUE DEC.13 [new date!].

Late papers accepted Dec.15, -3 points.

If you want your papers returned with comments, submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

 

UPDATED READING LIST 11/27/2016

 

FINAL EXAM DEC.15

FINAL STUDY GUIDE

NO MEETINGS AFTER THE FINAL

 

 

THE SOCIAL CONTRACT THINKERS, A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

PDF version of The Social Contract Thinkers

 

KARL MARX, MARXISM, AND HUMAN NATURE, A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

PDF version of Karl Marx, Marxism, and Human Nature

 

Just FYI:

The Social Philosophers: a Timeline

 

MIDTERM WRAP-UP SLIDE SHOW

 

 

 

Textbooks Fall 2016:

Nina Rosenstand, The Human Condition

(Book or Course Reader with selected chapters, blue cover)

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Phil 108 Course Reader 2016, pale green cover

 

AN ANIMATED INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY:

http://www.openculture.com/2015/09/47-animated-videos-explain-the-history-of-ideas-from-aristotle-to-sartre.html

 

 

 

 

For extra credit information, scroll down

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRA CREDIT OPTIONS in FALL 2016

 

Four (4) extra credit options (1 percentage point each) allowed per student per semester. Total max. extra credit points available: 4 percentage points added to your final grade. Written extra credit submissions must be typed and double-spaced. All written and online extra credit is due Dec.13 (new date).

If you submit a comment online (ON THE BLOG WEBSITE), be sure to put your class next to your name!

LOOK UP ROSENSTAND'S TWEETS INDICATING EXTRA CREDIT OPTIONS. WRITE 1/2-1 PAGE ABOUT THE TOPIC IN THE LINK. MUST BE TYPED, AND TURNED IN IN HARD COPY.

Extra credit option: Social Sciences Occasional Lecture expired: Friday Oct.14, 12:00-2:00, LRC435. Speaker: Mary Gwin, Professor of Philosophy, Mesa College. Topic: "On the Ethical treatment of Our Companion Animals" Sign the blue sign-in sheet, stay for the presentation (1 hour), and earn 1 point. Earn 1 addition point (out of 4) by writing 1/2-1 page afterwards about how humans ought to relate to onhuman animals.

Extra credit option: Constitution Day Event Friday Sept.16 10:00-12:00, Mesa Commons, MC211B. "Redistricting and the Constitution: A Case with Far-Reaching Implications." A simulated court proceeding by students and faculty. Write 1/2-1 typed, double-spaced page about something you found interesting, and earn 1 point.

Extra credit option: Social Sciences Occasional Lecture: Thursday Sept.22, 3:00-5:00, LRC435. Speaker: Danny M. Cohen, Professor of Instruction, Northwestern University. Topic: "Accidental Fiction: Finding and Writing Hidden Holocaust Histories." Sign the blue sign-in sheet, stay for the presentation (1 hour), and earn 1 point. Earn 1 addition point (out of 4) by writing 1/2-1 page afterwards about the "storytelling" aspect of the talk.

Extra credit option: Watch PBS's E.O. Wilson special, Of Ants and Men," and write 1/2 - 1 page about how Wilson thinks humans are "eusocial." Helpful info: the relevant material in the 2-hour special on E.O. Wilson is from 55 min into the show to 1 hour 45 min. You don't have to watch the entire show.

Extra credit option: Visit the Creationism Museum in Santee, and write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Visit San Diego's Museum of Man, Balboa Park: the "Footprints" exhibit on human prehistory. Write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: watch The History Channel's 2-hour special, "From Ape to Man," and write 1/2-1 page about something that relates to our class material/class discussions.

Extra credit option: watch 2001, a Space Odyssey and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the text (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: watch Lord of the Flies (or read the book) and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the text (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: watch American History X and write 1/2-1 page relating it to Goleman's "Us vs. Them" text in the Green Reader.

Extra credit option: watch Hotel Rwanda and write 1/2-1 page relating it to Goleman's "Us vs. Them" text in the Green Reader.

Extra credit option: watch Mississippi Massala and write 1/2-1 page 1/2-1 page relating it to Goleman's "Us vs. Them" text in the Green Reader.

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRA CREDIT OPTIONS in FALL 2015

 

Four (4) extra credit options (1 percentage point each) allowed per student per semester. Total max. extra credit points available: 4 percentage points added to your final grade. Written extra credit submissions must be typed and double-spaced. All written and online extra credit was due Dec.10. NO MORE EXTRA CREDIT ACCEPTED.

If you submit a comment online, be sure to put your class next to your name!

 

Extra credit option EXPIRED: Social Sciences Occasional Lecture Friday Nov.13, 12:00-2:00, LRC435. Speaker: Justin Estep, Professor of Psychology, Mesa College. Topic: "Psychology and Instruction" Sign the blue sign-in sheet, stay for the presentation (1 hour), and earn 1 point.

Extra credit option EXPIRED: Social Sciences Occasional Lecture Friday Oct.9, 12:00-2:00, LRC435. Speaker: Cesar Lopez, Professor of Chicano and Chicana Studies, Mesa College. Topic: "Los Angeles Plaza History: Mexican and Chinese Communities on Calle de los negros, 1855-1951." Sign the blue sign-in sheet, stay for the presentation (1 hour), and earn 1 point.

 Extra credit option: Look for the blog posts relevant for Phil 108 on the Rosenstand's Alternative Voice website.  Feel free to comment on them. The comment has to be relevant, follow the blogging rules, and be of approx. 1/2 a typed page (two short paragraphs or one long paragraph) in length.

New extra credit options: See Rosenstand's tweets for Phil 108 extra credit!

Extra credit option: Watch PBS's E.O. Wilson special, Of Ants and Men," and write 1/2 - 1 page about how Wilson thinks humans are "eusocial." Helpful info: the relevant material in the 2-hour special on E.O. Wilson is from 55 min into the show to 1 hour 45 min.

Extra credit option: Click on the link in this Twitter post, and write 1/2 - 1 page about why the article is relevant for a Philosophy of Human Nature class.

Phil 108 students: on the day we're talking Human Evolution! XtraCrdit! New human-like species discovered in S Africa

Extra credit option: Click on the link in this Twitter post, and write 1/2 - 1 page about why the article is relevant for a Philosophy of Human Nature class.

Phil 108 students: extra credit! "Why the language we use to talk about refugees matters so much" [Particularly relevant for the Coleman text]

Extra credit option expired : Attend one of the Constitution Day events at Mesa, and write 1/2 - 1 page about the event.

Extra credit option: Visit the Creationism Museum in Santee, and write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Visit San Diego's Museum of Man, Balboa Park: the "Footprints" exhibit on human prehistory. Write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: watch The History Channel's 2-hour special, "From Ape to Man," and write 1/2-1 page about something that relates to our class material/class discussions.

Extra credit option: watch 2001, a Space Odyssey and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the text (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: watch Lord of the Flies (or read the book) and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the text (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: watch American History X and write 1/2-1 page relating it to Goleman's "Us vs. Them" text in the Green Reader.

Extra credit option: watch Hotel Rwanda and write 1/2-1 page relating it to Goleman's "Us vs. Them" text in the Green Reader.

Extra credit option: watch Mississippi Massala and write 1/2-1 page 1/2-1 page relating it to Goleman's "Us vs. Them" text in the Green Reader.

Extra credit option: watch Dances With Wolves and write 1/2-1 page 1/2-1 page relating it to Rousseau's philosophy of nature in Ch.9, TMTS/Blue reader.

 

 

EXTRA CREDIT OPTIONS in FALL 2014

Four (4) extra credit options (1 percentage point each) allowed per student per semester. Total max. extra credit points available: 4 percentage points added to your final grade. Written extra credit submissions must be typed and double-spaced. All written and online extra credit will be due on Dec.9. Written submissions are due in class, online submissions are due on the evening of Dec.9.

If you submit a comment online, be sure to put your class next to your name!

Extra credit option: Look for the new blog posts on the Rosenstand's Alternative Voice website.  Feel free to comment on them. If you would like to comment on older posts, you are also welcome to do that. The comment has to be relevant, follow the blogging rules, and be of approx. 1/2 a typed page (two short paragraphs or one long paragraph) in length.

Extra credit option expired: Social Sciences Occasional Lecture Friday Nov.14, 12:00-2:00, LRC435. Speaker: Jean Keller, Lecturer in History, Mesa College. Topic: ""Away from Home: Off-reservation Boarding Schools and the Shaping of American Indian Identity." Sign the blue sign-in sheet, stay for the presentation (1 hour), and earn 1 point.

Extra credit option: Write 1/2-1 page comment on E.O. Wilson interview in the National Geographic Magazine Nov.2, 2014: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141102-edward-wilson-meaning-existence-darwin-extraterrestrials-ngbooktalk/

Extra credit option: Visit the Creationism Museum in Santee, and write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: Visit San Diego's Museum of Man, Balboa Park: the "footprints" exhibit on human prehistory. Write 1/2-1 page about your impression.

Extra credit option: watch The History Channel's 2-hour special, "From Ape to Man," and write 1/2-1 page about something that relates to our class material/class discussions.

Extra credit option: watch 2001, a Space Odyssey and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the text (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: watch Lord of the Flies (or read the book) and write 1/2-1 page about something not mentioned in the text (Ch.3).

Extra credit option: watch American History X and write 1/2-1 page relating it to Goleman's "Us vs. Them" text in the Green Reader.

Extra credit option: Write 1/2-1 page, commenting on the article in Rosenstand's Tweet on "Found: Closest link to Eve," Oct.9

Extra credit option: Write 1/2-1 page, commenting on the article in Rosenstand's Tweet on "Indonesian cave paintings" Oct.9