PHILOSOPHY 465: INTRODUCTION TO ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY
Instructor: Dr. Henry J. Folse, Jr. Office: Bobet 414
Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 12:30-1:45; 3:30-4:45 or by appointment Office Phone: 865-3940
Course Website:The homepage for the website for this course is http://www.loyno.edu/~folse/Phil465.html
You should go to this page and bookmark it in your browser; you should consult the course website prior to each class to make sure that you are up to date with the current assignments.
Objectives of Course: This is a thorough survey of the historical rise and subsequent evolution of one of the major strands of contemporary philosophy: analytic philosophy. Beginning in the first decades of this century as a reaction against the excesses of 19th century metaphysical idealism, analytic philosophers sought to apply the methods of modern logic and language theory to the analysis of philosophical problems. Throughout most of this century this tradition has come absolutely to dominate academic philosophy in English speaking countries, reaching its height of influence at approximately midcentury. Although many philosophers today, including many analysts themselves, consider that analytic philosophy has merged with other approaches to doing philosophy, there is no doubt that its methods of doing philosophy still carry powerful influence -especially in the English speaking world- in virtually all fields of philosophy. Most specifically it is in the analysis and proposed solution to individual "philosophical problems" -rather than in the construction of encompassing philosophical systems- that analytic philosophy l undoubtedly continues to leave its mark and still exercises powerful sway. We will follow the rise and fall of the various movements in analytic philosophy to chart their successes and failures.
Prerequisites: There are no absolute prerequisites in this course, but it is strongly advised that students have had at least two previous courses in philosophy before taking this course. This is NOT a common curriculum course and will NOT count as credit towards the student's common curriculum requirement in philosophy. This course is not required for philosophy majors, but it will count towards the required 12 hours in the history of philosophy for the major.
Texts: The following anthology texts are required:
Baile, James. Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, Second Edition (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2003).
Klemke, E.D., Ed., Contemporary Analytic and Linguistic Philosophies, Second Edition (Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2000).
Assigned webpage readings will be on the website of the course homepage. Links to these assignments are also on the webpage version of the syllabus which is accessed from the course homepage: http://www.loyno.edu/~folse/Phil465.html.
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 assignments are as indicated on the accompanying syllabus unless otherwise notified. After the first week of the semester, the instructor will NOT answer questions concerning matters covered on this hand-out.
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 a class is better than no class at all.
Study Assignments: Each class will cover a specific study assignment in the textbooks and possibly webpages on the course website. Assignments are given by textbook author's or editor's name or by number for library reserve readings. They are given on the accompanying syllabus together with the topic for that day's class. Failure to study carefully each day's assignment BEFORE coming to class will result in an inadequate comprehension of the material covered in that class. Carried to prolonged periods, failure to keep up with the assignments will reduce you to irremediable perplexity. DO NOT FALL BEHIND IN YOUR ASSIGNMENTS! Like most academic philosophy, the readings in analytic philosophy are technical and can be quite difficult; you should anticipateapproximately two hours of reading time per assignment. If you fail to understand the material after careful study, come to class prepared with specific instructions. If you miss class or fail to understand the material after the Instructor has gone over it in class, then you should consult the Instructor as soon as possible during office hours, or if that is not possible, by special appointment.
Class Discussion: This course will consist mostly of lectures intermixed with question and answer exchanges between instructor and students. However, you should feel free to ask question 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 PROBLEM 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 FOUR take-home exams, three in- semester and one final, to be turned in on the dates specified on the accompanying syllabus. These exams will cover Parts I, II, III, and IV of the course as indicated on the accompanying syllabus. Each exam will consist of five essay questions of which the student will select AT LEAST TWO or AT MOST FOUR. Each of the three in-semester exams will cover only that portion of the course which it immediately follows; the final will include comprehensive questions. The student has a free choice to turn in two, three, or four essays on each exam. The only requirement is that you must do at least TWO from each exam and that the TOTAL number of essays completed by the end of the semester must be TEN. (If you are diligent you may have completed EIGHT essays by the last class and have only TWO to complete on the FINAL EXAM.) If you choose to submit more than ten essays, the best ten will be counted and the remainder discarded. It is expected that essays will be printed by word-processor, and conform to the canons of good English style, as well as exhibiting sound grammar, punctuation, and spelling. It is a good idea to compose these essays using a word-processor; you may email the Instructor preliminary drafts for advice on revisions. Consult with the Writing Across the Curriculum Lab or Academic Computing Services for availability of machines and programs well before the assignment is due. Each essay will count for 7% of the student's grade.
Term Paper: Students are required to submit a term paper no later than the last class, December 9, 2004. Papers should be approximately 2500 words, i.e. 10 - 12 pages, typed double-spaced, and are expected to display significant library research. Term papers may be rewritten in the light of the instructor's comments as many times as the student chooses up until 2:00 p.m. on the day of the last class. Rewriting can only improve your grade. It is expected that the term paper be produced using word-processing facilities. A handout listing various suggested topics and readings will be distributed in class, but students should realize that the choice of topic is part of the learning experience that the term paper assignment is intended to induce. Students should begin considering paper topic as early as possible and should confer with the Instructor for permission and advice in pursuing the chosen topic. The term paper will count for 30% of your grade.