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Department of Religions and Cultures and Philosophy

INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
 PHILOSOPHY 1115E
FALL-WINTER, 2008-2009

For the human being, an unexamined life is not worth living.

  • Socrates (399 B.C.)

Rabbi Zusya said: In the world to come I shall not be asked, "Why were you not Moses?" I shall be asked, "Why were you not Zusya?"

  • Rabbinical teaching

As they met on a bridge, three Zen monks asked a monk from another monastery: “How deep is the river of Zen?” “Find out for yourself,” replied the monk, who then threw them into the river.

  • Zen Story

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INSTRUCTOR: Prof. W. A. Borody
TIME: Wednesdays, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
ROOM: CAN B201
OFFICE: H309
PHONE: Extension: 4562
EMAIL: wayneb@nipissingu.ca  

 

Introduction

In this course we will discuss some of the main themes in the history of both Western and Eastern philosophy, concluding with a discussion of Transhumanism. First and foremost, the lectures are designed to engage the student in a dialogue with the ideas raised in the books and ancillary reading materials. All written work must follow the MLA standard outlined in A Pocket Style Manual.  

Requirements

TERM ONE:

Mid- Term Test (15%) Oct. 8, 2008
Essay [8-10 typed pages] (20%) Nov. 5, 2008
End-of-Term-Test (15%) Nov. 26, 2008

TERM TWO:

Essay [8-10 typed pages] (20%) March 4, 2009
Final Exam (30%) TBA 

Required Books

Euthyphro, Crito and Apology (Plato, Vol. 1, trans. by H. N. Fowler. Loeb Classical Library, 1999. ISBN: 0674990401)

The Social Contract (Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Penguin Books, 2004, ISBN: 9780141018881)

The Analects (Confucius. Penguin Classics, 1998, ISBN 0140443486)

The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics, 2003, ISBN 0140449183)

Last Flesh: Life in the Transhuman Era (Christopher Dewdney. Harper Collins Canada, 1998. ISBN: 0006384722)

[ Recommended: A Pocket Style Manual (Diana Hacker. Bedford Books, 2003. ISBN: 0312406843)