1. Name two of the ways you can earn a base in our class. (See "course requirements" & other info in the sidebar & on the syllabus)
2. How many bases must you earn each class, to "circle the diamond" and claim your daily participation run on the scorecard?
3. How do you earn your first base in each class?
4. If you posted just one comment before class, what will you mark on the scorecard?
5. How can you earn bases on days when you're not present?
6. Suppose you came to class one day, turned on the computer/projector and opened the CoPhi site,and had posted a comment, a discussion question, an alternate quiz question, AND a link to a relevant YouTube video before class. Did you earn your daily participation run?
7. Did you have any "extra bases" in the scenario posed in the previous question?
8. How can you indicate extra bases on the scorecard?
9. What are Dr. Oliver's office hours? Where is his office? What is his email address?
READ: William James, Pragmatism lecture 1 (excerpt below); WATCH: What's Philosophy for? School of Life (SoL)
10. What does James consider the most interesting and important thing about each of us?
11. How does James define "the philosophy which is so important in each of us"?
12. What's the difference between "tough- and tender-minded" philosophies?
- What's your definition of "philosophy"?
- Do you have a favorite philosopher?
- Can you summarize your current, personal philosophy of life?
- Russell * says philosophy occupies the No Man's Land between science and theology (xiii). Are scientists and theologians not philosophical? Or are they philosophical in a way different from Russell's? Do you like his definition of philosophy? Are you philosophical, by his definition?
- Is your duty to God more imperative than your duty to the state, to your fellow citizens, or to humanity? xvi
- Does Copernican astronomy influence your personal philosophy? How? (Or, why not?) xviii
- Do you acknowledge the authority of any individuals or institutions to interpret the truth for you? WHy or why not? xx
- What's your definition of "reality"?
- Do you think you have a right to your own facts, as well as your own opinions?
- [I invite you to post your comments on these questions, on the assigned reading, and on the additional material below... and to post your own Discussion Questions as well. Keep track in your personal log of everything you post. You get to claim another base on the scorecard for each posted comment, DQ, relevant link, or alternative quiz question you can document.]
Robert Richardson's excellent book on James here... Mine here... More on James here
Lecture I. — The Present Dilemma in Philosophy