HRS/PHL 403: Honors Philosophy Seminar: Aristotle
Tu Th 2:00 to 3:15 PM
Fall2003 Dr William O. Stephens HC 212
office hours: Tu Th 11 AM to 12 noon and by appointment MWFTu Th 12:30 to 2 PM I will be preparing for class, so please respect my unavailability during those times.
office: HC 116 phone (with voicemail): 280-2632 email: email@example.com
We will study the rich system of thought of the thinker known for centuries simply as "The Philosopher." We will survey his theory of words, concepts, and substance, his theory of nature and change, his philosophy of mind/soul, his "first philosophy" or theory of being (including the idea that love makes the world go 'round), and his theory of the good life (ethics). We will conclude with a brief study of his accounts of the origin of political community, rhetoric, and art ("poetics").
Course Requirements and Grade Percentages
|Exam #1 Sept. 23||
|Exam #2 Oct. 16||
|Exam #3 Nov. 25||
|Final Quiz* Dec. 18||
|Paper #1 due Oct. 28 15001800 words||
|Paper #2 due Dec. 5 17002100 words||
*Only over material covered after Exam #3
Required Text ALWAYS BRING IT TO CLASS
Aristotle: Selections; translated by T. Irwin & G. Fine. (Hackett Publishing Co., 1995) ISBN 0-915145-67-7.
Jonathan Lear, Aristotle: the desire to understand. (Cambridge University Press, 1988) ISBN 0-521-34762-9.
Recommended ManualW. O. Stephens, How to Write Philosophy Papers ($3 at Philosophy Dept.)
Standards of Evaluation for Letter Grades
F "Failure no credit" (below 60% average)
D "Work of inferior quality, but passing" (60% to below 70% average)
C "Satisfactory work"
B "Noteworthy level of performance" Demonstrates all of the qualities of satisfactory work plus:
A "Outstanding achievement and an unusual degree of intellectual initiative" Demonstrates all of the qualities of noteworthy performance plus:
Regular and punctual class attendance is a necessary but definitely not a sufficient condition for a good class participation grade. Since this is a real seminar, consistent participation is expected of every student. Weekly participation is good; participation every class is the goal.
Papers and Submission Policies
Papers should be submitted on time. By "paper" I mean thin sheets made from wood pulp, stapled together, with printing on them, NOT an electronic file on a diskette or attached to an email. Early submissions are appreciated. Requests for extensions must be made at least three (3) class days (i.e. weekdays) prior to the due date. Papers submitted after the due date (or granted extension date) will be penalized 5 points (= half a letter grade) per weekday late (not counting holidays recognized by the University). If the paper has not been received by the instructor within a week after its due date, then the student must withdraw from the course or else will receive an F for the course. Be sure to discuss your paper topic with me before you begin serious writing. Follow closely the guidelines in How to Write Philosophy Papers. You can also get additional assistance at the Writing Center (Hitchcock Communication Arts Building Room 306, phone 280-4707).
I STRONGLY urge you to consult with me on your paper topics before you begin writing. If you choose not to consult with me, the due dates for the papers hold nevertheless. Since Paper #1 is due just after Fall Recess, discussion of topics must precede Fall Recess.
Academic Honesty Statement
If you plagiarize any part of a paper, then you will receive an F for the course. Students are required to produce their own original work in their papers, including all ideas, arguments, and sentences. Students may NOT work with others, and may NOT borrow from others, in writing their papers. Citations on the paper should follow the guidelines in How to Write Philosophy Papers. If you cheat on an exam, then you will receive at minimum an F (zero) on that exam; in cases I judge to be flagrant, the punishment is an F for the course. See the Creighton College of Arts & Sciences Academic Honesty Procedures.
Keep in Contact with the Instructor throughout the Course
|If you have any problem that hinders you from attending class, participating in discussions, doing the assigned reading, writing papers, or studying for the exams, please come see me or call me or send me e-mail or leave me a note in my mailbox or under my office door. Whatever happens, it is your responsibility to keep in contact with me.|
Aristotle in EpistemeLinks.com.
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The schedule is subject to modification as our pace
requires, so check it regularly to be alert for changes, e.g. review guides.
For example, two or three guest discussion-leaders are likely; names and dates will be posted.
After Aug. 28, readings assigned for a particular day should be read PRIOR to that day's class meeting.
Readings are in Irwin & Fine unless indicated otherwise; parenthetical numbers refer to pages.
Aug. 28 Abbreviations & Introduction (xixxiii)
Sept. 2 Words, Beings, and Substance
Catg. 15, 1213 (112)
Sept. 4 Language, Reality, and Fatalism DI 14, 7, 9, 1213 (1328)
Sept. 9 Coming to be and
substances Phys. i, ii 12 (83102)
Sept. 11 The Four Causes Phys. ii 37 (102114)
Sept. 16 Final Causes, Motion, and Time Phys.
ii 89; iii 13; iv 1011, 14 (114133)
Sept. 18 Time (cont'd) and the unmoved mover Phys. iv 1011, 14; viii 1, 46 (126133, 137144) Review Guide for Exam #1
Sept. 23 EXAM
Sept. 25 Analysis and Definition of the Soul DA i 1, 24; ii 14 (169187)
Sept. 30 Perception, Passive & Productive
Intellect DA ii 56, 11, 12; iii 15, 1011 (188205) Dr
Jeffrey Hause leads discussion
Oct. 2 First Causes, Puzzles, and Principles Met. i, 13; ii 1; iii 1, iv 13 (221230, 240241, 244252)
Oct. 7 The Study of Substance Met.
v 78; vii 19 (270294) Dr Michael Brown leads discussion
Oct. 9 Form, Essence, Definition, and Universal Met. vii 1017 (294314)
Oct. 14 Substance as Divine Intellect Met.
xii 69, 10 (332344)
Review Guide for Exam #2
Oct. 16 EXAM #2
Oct. 28 Happiness EN i
18 (347360) Paper #1
Oct. 30 EN i 910, 13 (360365)
D. Barwick, "George's Failed Quest for Happiness: An Aristotelian Analysis" from Seinfeld and Philosophy (Open Court, 2000) 1526.
Nov. 4 Virtue, Praise, and Blame
EN i 13; ii 17 (363376)
Nov. 6 Voluntary Action EN iii 1 (376380)
Nov. 11 Justice & Virtues of Thought
EN v 12, 7; vi 13, 58, 1213 (391397, 398410)
Nov. 13 Continence & Incontinence EN vii 13 (411417)
R. Halwani, "Homer and Aristotle" from The Simpsons and Philosophy (Open Court, 2001) 723.
Nov. 18 Friendship EN viii 13, 9;
ix 4, 79, 12 (417432)
Nov. 20 Friendship continued; Theoretical Study and Happiness EN x 7 (440442) Review Guide for Exam #3
Nov. 25 EXAM #3
Dec. 2 Pleasure and Study EN x
48 (433445) and Thomas Nagel, "Aristotle on Eudaimonia"
Dec. 4 Ethics and Politics EN x 9 and Pol. i 16 (445460)
Paper #2 DUE Fri. December 5 by 4 PM
Dec. 9 Poet. 4, 611, 1315 (543557)
Dec. 11 Last class Review Guide for Final Quiz
Dec. 18 8:009:40 AM
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