MONDAYS

THURSDAYS

JANUARY 30

Syllabus

How to change your email address in CUNYfirst. (Whatever email address is there is where you'll get messages from me.)

FEBRUARY 2

David Foster Wallace: Consider The Lobster

FEBRUARY 6

Peter Singer: About Ethics

John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism

Peter Singer: The How and Why of Effective Altruism (youtube video)

FEBRUARY 9

Snow Day - No Class

FEBRUARY 15*

Immanuel Kant: Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (excerpt)

Onora O'Neill: Kantian Approaches to some Famine Problems

*Note that this is a Wednesday that follows a Monday schedule.

FEBRUARY 16

John Rawls: A Theory of Justice

FEBRUARY 20

No Class (President's Day)

FEBRUARY 23

Robert Nozick: Justice and Entitlement

FEBRUARY 27

Class Canceled (sick prof)

MARCH 2

Joseph A. Carens: Aliens and Citizens: The Case for Open Borders

MARCH 6

Kwame Anthony Appiah: Racisms

MARCH 9

Marilynn Frye: Sexism

MARCH 13

FIRST EXAM

MARCH 16

Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, First Meditation (pp.1-3)

Christopher Grau: Bad Dreams, Evil Demons, and the Experience Machine: Philosophy and The Matrix

MARCH 20

Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Second, Third, and Fourth Meditations (pp.3-22)

MARCH 23

Thomas Aquinas: The Five Ways

Roger White: The Argument from Cosmological Fine-Tuning

MARCH 27

David Lewis: Divine Evil

MARCH 30

Eric Schwitzgebel: 1% Skepticism

APRIL 3

David Hume: An Enquiry into Human Understanding, ยงยง.2–5 (pp.7–27)

APRIL 6

SECOND EXAM

APRIL 10

[NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK]

APRIL 13

[NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK]

APRIL 17

[NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK]

APRIL 20

André Kulka and Joel Walmsley: Cartesianism

APRIL 24

Alan Turing: Computing Machinery and Intelligence

APRIL 27

Hilary Putnam: The Nature of Mental States

MAY 1

Andy Clark and David Chalmers: The Extended Mind

MAY 4

Paul Churchland: Eliminative Materialism

MAY 8

Daniel Dennett: Where Am I?

Youtube Video on Split Brain Patients

CGP Grey: You Are Two (video)

Question for David Chalmers on his Reddit "Ask Me Anything"

MAY 11

Frank Jackson: What Mary Didn't Know

Thomas Nagel: What is it Like to Be a Bat?

MAY 15

THIRD TEST

Essay Questions for the Third Test

MAY 18

No Class (Professor Away)

Jim Pryor: Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Essay