House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

PHIL-1301-73 (Introduction to Philosophy)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorLindley, Neil Everett
Phone(409) 984-6574
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Room #:n/a
Course Information
Course ID #10066
Course Subject-Number-SectionPHIL-1301-73
Course TitleIntroduction to Philosophy
Course Description Introduction to the study of ideas and their logical structure, including argumentsand investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes introduction tothe history, theories and methods of philosophy.
Course Prerequisites None

Author : Dodson, Kevin E. & Avery, Jon, Eds

Publisher : Kendall/Hunt, Dubuque

Edition/Year : 2d Revised; 2000

ISBN : 0-7872-7334-1

Additional information : none

Type : Required resource

Title : ROLL AWAY THE STONE, 2nd ed.

Author : Fred Taylor

Publisher : Information International, Great Falls, VA

Edition/Year : 2008

ISBN : 978-1-882480-15-9

Additional information : Library of Congress Control Number 2008935516

Type : Required resource

Learning Objectives 1. Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical concepts of metaphysics, epistemology, anthropology (the nature of man), ethics (search for the highest good) and sociology (the nature of society and the state).

2. Master the specialized philosophical vocabulary employed in the explanations of the major fields of philosophy named in number one above.

3. Understand the key questions raised by each of the philosophical subjects listed in number one above (metaphysics, epistemology, anthropology, ethics and sociology).

4. Be able to identify and apply the four sources of knowledge (five senses, logical reasoning, intuition and authority).

And :

5. Be able to identify particular philosophers whose is thinking is characteristic of each of the four sources of knowledge (examples: Plato = deductive reasoning; Aristotle = empirical reasoning [use of five senses]; Karl Marx = prophetic activist [intuition, authority]; Buddha = Antinomian, intuition).

6. Describe and explain the basic tenets of the scientific method and philosophy of science.

7. Describe and explain the basic tenets of the humanities and distinguish how they differ from the sciences.

8. Demonstrate skills in the application of the four ways of thought and to show how each plays a role in critical thinking.

Major Assignments Short answer assignments based on Dr. Lindley's online lectures that cover the Four Sources of Knowledge, the Four Ways of Thought, and the Four Philosophical Subjects (Metaphysics, Epistemology, Anthropology and Sociology/State). Ten quizzes based on reading ten chapters in the James Christian text. Five essays based on read ROLL AWAY THE STONE by Fred Taylor. Mid-term Test and Final Exam
Discussion Topics *John Locke Says We Can Never See the World

*Was Berkeley Right or Wrong (If a Tree Falls in the Forest ...)

*Does Pragmatism Work? What Did Wm. James mean?

*Henri Berson: Fruition from Intuition

*Darwin:Right or Wrong

*Behold, the Prophet, Pythagoras

Attendance Policy Attendance is evaluated by a student's proficiency in turning in assignments and his/her participation in Discussion.
Determination of Final Grade This is a point system. Students earn points as they take quizzes/tests, complete assignments, and participate in Discussion. 2701-3000 points = A 2401-2700 = B; 2101-2400 = C; 1801-2100 = D; 0-1800 = F
Final Exam Date May 11, 2011 - 8:60 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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