Instructor: Dr. Henry J. Folse, Jr. Office: Bobet 414
Office Hours: Tues 3:30 -4:45; Thurs 3:30-4:45 Office Phone: 865-3940;
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. This is a common curriculum course and counts towards the student's common curriculum requirement in philosophy in introductory common curriculum courses. This should be the student's first course in satisfying the common curriculum requirement in philosophy.
Text: Steven M. Cahn (ed.), Classics of Western Philosophy, 5th Ed (Indianapolis: Hackett Pub Co., 1999). [Note: If you happen to have access to a 4th Edition (1995), it is satisfactory for this course; page assignments for both 4th and 5th Editions are given on the accompanying syllabus.]
The following information should answer all your questions concerning attendance, assignments, grading, and exams. You may assume all of the policies stated on this sheet are in effect unless otherwise notified. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these requirements. You may assume that your assignment is as indicated on the accompanying syllabus unless otherwise notified. After the first week of the semester, the instructor will NOT answer questions concerning these matters.
Class Attendance: In order to do satisfactory work in this class it is imperative to attend class on a regular basis; however, attendance will not enter directly into computation of the final grade. Failure to attend class, or regular tardy attendance, will inevitably weaken the student's chances for performing well on exams, and thereby affect the final grade. Roll will be called only for the first few weeks of the semester to familiarize the instructor with the students. If you do have a good reason for missing class (e.g. serious illness), it is your responsibility to consult with the instructor to see to it that you know what was covered during the class you missed. It is expected that students will attend class punctually, however, if unforeseen circumstances make you late for class, you should still come late; half of a class is better than no class at all.
Study Assignments: Each class will cover a specific studyÿassignment in the textbook. Assignments are given on theÿaccompanying syllabus together with the topic for that day'sÿclass. Failure to study carefully each day's assignment BEFOREÿcoming to class will result in an inadequate comprehension of theÿmaterial covered in that class. Carried to prolonged periods,ÿfailure to keep up with the assignments will reduce you toÿirremediable perplexity. DO NOT FALL BEHIND IN YOUR ASSIGNMENTS!
Class Discussion: This course will consist mostly of lectures intermixed with question and answer exchanges between instructor and students or between the students themselves. From time to time the instructor will put questions to the students as a way of making points to be covered. No formal mechanisms for discussion will be adopted. However, you should feel free to ask questions any time perplexity strikes. The instructor cannot read the students' minds; other than your questions he has no way of knowing how well or poorly you understand the material being covered. DO NOT KEEP QUIET ABOUT WHAT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND - ASK QUESTIONS WHEN THE PARTICULAR POINT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS BEING DISCUSSED IN CLASS. Students who wait until exam time to inform the instructor of their lack of understanding, will have a poor chance of passing the exam.
Examinations: There will be THREE "in-class" exams lasting the full 75 mins. of the period, each following a section of the course. DATES FOR THE EXAMS ARE ON THE ACCOMPANYING SYLLABUS; MARK THEM ON YOUR CALENDAR AT ONCE! Each of the "in-class" exams will cover only the material covered in that section of the course immediately preceding the exam. Each exam will have the same format: 25 multiple choice questions followed by FIVE essay questions of which the student will choose any THREE. Multiple choice questions are designed to test the student's command of the vocabulary and factual material pertinent to the philosophers we have read. The essay questions will test the student's grasp of the arguments by the which the philosopher(s) in question has/have reached the basic conclusions of his philosophy. Essays must be at least one full hand-written page each. Each exam will count for 20% of your semester grade.
Final Exam: The final exam will be 2/3 like the three earlier "in-class" exams, except that it will cover the material of the last quarter of the semester considered since the previous exam. The remaining 1/3 of the final exam will be a COMPREHENSIVE SYNOPTIC ESSAY QUESTION in a general way drawing on all of the material you have learned throughout the semester. The final exam will count for 40% of your semester grade. THE FINAL IS ON:
TUESDAY DECEMBER 9; 2:00-4:00 P.M.
Grading: A: 100-90 B+: 89-87 B: 86-80 C+: 79-77 C: 76-70 D+: 69-67 D: 66-60 F: 59-0
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Missing Exams: Obviously a student should miss an exam only for an absolutely compelling reason. BEING UNPREPARED OR FORGETTING THE DATE OF AN EXAM IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE REASON FOR MISSING AN EXAM. If you do find yourself unable to be in class for an exam, call the philosophy department AT ONCE (865-3940) and leave a message as to the reason you cannot make the exam. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A MAKE UP EXAM YOU MUST HAVE NOTIFIED THE INSTRUCTOR, VIA THE PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT, BY THE TIME AND DATE THE EXAM IS ADMINISTERED. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL MEAN THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE A NON-NEGOTIABLE ZERO FOR THE EXAM IN QUESTION.