PHIL155g

Modern Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
 



Professor: Edwin McCann


Section Meetings

49349R - Th 9am MHP 102

49350R - Th 10am MHP 102


Class Information (Updated 14/9)

Class Syllabus

Section Syllabus


Useful Links

    Reading and Writing Philosophy:

        - jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/reading.html

        - jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/writing.html

        - web.mit.edu/philos/www/guides/pinkguide.pdf


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Week 1 - No section meeting


Week 2 - Montaigne (Playlist HERE)

        SoTW: Children of the Revolution - T. Rex

        - Scientific/Copernican Revolution

        - Reformation

        - Scepticism

                Academic

                Pyrrhonian

                Veil of Perception

                External-World scepticism

                Solipsism


Week 3 - Pascal (Playlist HERE)

        SoTW: Breaking Into Heaven - Stone Roses

            - The Liar Paradox and Montaigne

            - Scepticism about mathematical truths

            - Reformation (Chart)

            - Pascal’s Wager


Week 4 - Spinoza (Playlist HERE)

        SoTW - Effect and Cause - The White Stripes

            - Reconstructing Arguments

            - I.P.29


Week 5 - Spinoza (Playlist: see last week)

        SoTW: Don’t Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

            - Grading guide (Here)

            - Philosophy as Preparation for Death (V.P.38)

            - The Island of the Immortals


Week 6 - Voltaire and Hume (Playlist HERE)

        SoTW: As Above So Below - Klaxons

            - Arguments from Analogy

            - Argument from Design

            - Summary here


Week 7 - Hume

        Rima’s away, section covered by Tiffany Chang


Week 8 - Hume

       SoTW: The Miracle - Queen

            - Hume, ‘On Suicide’ (Handout)

            - Hume, ‘Of Miracles’ (Handout)

Week 9 - Hume and Kierkegaard

    SoTW: The Universal - Blur

        - Paper Topic Checklist (Handout)

        - Paraphrasing Quotes (Handout)

        - Faith in Fear and Trembling


Week 10 - Kierkegaard (Playlist HERE)

    SoTW: Map of the Problematique - Muse

        - Overview of paper topics for second paper


Week 11 - Nietzsche

    SoTW: Passacaglia - Bear McCreary (BSG)

        - Eternal Recurrence (Handout)

        - Asimov’s ‘The Last Question’ (Text or Narration)


Week 12 - Nietzsche

    SoTW: (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman - The Kinks

        - God is Dead

        - Morality, where to from here?

 

Week 13 - Thanksgiving (No Section)


Week 14 - Nietzsche, Sartre, Nagel and Camus

    SoTW: Life is What You Make It - Weezer

        - Overview of paper topics for third paper

          (Handout)

          for a correction on the handout check email


Week 15 - Last Section

    SoTW: Dead End Street - The Kinks



 
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