Winter 2016: Introduction to Metaphysics

 

PHIL 2000: Introduction to Metaphysics

Syllabus

M/W/F, 1100-1150am, A 2071

Peter Gratton, PhD

Office Hours: M/W/F 12:00-1:30pm and by appointment, AA3102

Class Cancellations: If class is cancelled for any reason, the cancellation will be posted under the cancellations section of the main page of the Memorial University website.

Also note, the schedule on the syllabus may be updated during the semester, thus you should keep track of assignments, essays, etc., on this site below.

 

Jan 6 Course introduction: Aristotle’s Metaphysics

Aristotle Metaphysics  (readings up to Theta)

Jan 8 Aristotle, Alpha I-III
Jan 11 Aristotle, Alpha V, VIII, X
Jan 13 Aristotle, Gamma I, II, III (Michael S.)
Jan 15 Aristotle, Gamma VII, VIII (Ahmed Q.)
Jan 18 Aristotle, Epsilon (all) (Ben F.)
Jan 20 Aristotle, Zeta I-IV (Matt S.)
Jan 22 Aristotle, Theta VIII-X (Cleary M.)
Jan 25 Metaphysics Lambda I-V (Lucas I-S)
Jan 27 Aristotle, Lambda VI-end (Ben H.)
Jan 29 Aquinas, Selected Writings, “On Being and Essence,” pp. 30-39. (David P.)
Feb 1 Aquinas, Selected Writings, “On Being and Essence,” pp. 40-end.
Feb 3 Aquinas, Selected Writings, “On Being and Essence,” pp. 40-end.
Feb 5 Aquinas, Selected Writings, “On Being and Essence,” pp. 40-end.
Feb 8 Aquinas, Selected Writings, “On Theology, Faith, and Reason,” pp. 109-129 (Adam M.)
Feb 10 Aquinas, Selected Writings, “On Theology, Faith, and Reason,” pp. 130-end. (Kristen H.)
Feb 12 Aquinas, Selected Writings, “Proof of God’s Existence,” pp. 243-250. (Cameron M.)
Feb 15 Aquinas, Selected Writings, “Proof of God’s Existence,” pp. 250-end. (Amy B.)

Quiz on Aquinas (5 pts.): cosmological proof versus ontological proof; three different kinds of substance; etc.

Feb 17 Aquinas, Selected Writings, “On Human Choice,” pp. 551-565.
Feb 19 Aquinas, Selected Writings,”On Human Choice,” pp. 551-565.
Feb 22 Winter Break
Feb 24 Winter Break
Feb 26 Winter Break
Feb 29 Paper Due (15 points; 6 pp.): Why is Aquinas Aristotelian and why not? In this essay, you will discuss the specific problems Aquinas perhaps runs into matching Aristotle’s insights with those of divine revelation (i.e., the teachings of the Bible). First, describe Aristotle and Aquinas’s view of substances, the eternity of the world, or the notion of faith and reason, making sure to use quotations from their texts to provide textual evidence that your claims about their writings have a basis in their writings. Second, make sure to note any contrasts or tensions you find between these two thinkers. How does Aquinas attempt to resolve them?

The paper must have (1) a clear thesis statement (see here for help on this); (2) citations for all works used in developing ideas in the paper; (3) use of textual evidence and/or page citations for all major ideas attributed to an author; (4) a bibliography. See this grading rubric for other questions I will be asking while reading your paper.

Leap day! Kant, CPR, 99-105, Preface A

Mar 2 Kant, CPR, 672-690 ,The Canon of Pure Reason
Mar 4 Kant, CPR, 127-135, Introduction A
Mar 7 Kant, CPR, 136-152, Introduction B
Mar 9 Kant, CPR, 172-192, Transcendental Aesthetic B
Mar 11 Kant, CPR, 193-218 Transcendental Logic
Mar 14 Kant, CPR, 267-294, On the Schematism
Mar 16 Catch-up day
Mar 18 Kant, CPR, 338-365, Phenomena and Noumena
Mar 21 Kant, CPR, 338-353, Phenomena and Noumena
Mar 23 Kant, CPR, 384-410, Transcendental Dialectic
Mar 25 Good Friday. No class
Mar 28 Kant, CPR, 459-495 The Antinomy of Pure Reason
Mar 30 Kant, CPR, 459-495 The Antinomy of Pure Reason, continued.
Apr 1 Kant, CPR, 551-569 On the Impossibility of an Ontological Proof
Apr 4 Catch-up day
Apr  6 Class Conclusion: What of metaphysics today?
Final Exam: STUDY GUIDE

Wednesday, Apr 20, 9:00am – 11:00am

 

 

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