Religious Studies VI – 2009 / 2010
Introduction to Philosophy
St. Andrew's School
Friday, Oct. 16: Continue discussion of relativism and Adler.
Monday, Oct. 19: PAPER DUE on Relativism.
Wed., Oct. 21: Read in De Botton, pps. 45 - 64; “Can money buy happiness?
Friday, Oct. 23: Read in De Botton, pps. 65 – 72. Make your own Epicurean Acquisition List (t.b.h.i.): “What are the obstacles in your life to attaining happiness?”
Monday, Oct. 26: Read in De Botton, pps. 75 – 95. “Should St. Andrew’s require community service?
Wed., Oct. 28: Are you feeling anxious? De Botton, pps. 96 – 112.
Friday, Oct. 30: Paper due in class; Comparing Seneca and Epicurus.
E N D O F F I R S T Q U A R T E R
Monday, Nov. 2:
Wed., Nov. 4: Intro to “the economic way of thinking” – Homo Economicus, “the Invisible Hand” and the Free Market. Musing on Capitalism and Market failure.
Friday, Nov. 6: Read de Botton pps. 131 - 150; Superstition and Philosophy.
Monday, Nov. 9: Writing assignment on the Montaigne quotes is due. Using the Handout about Montaigne, choose one of the passages and unpack it. What are its limitations? What are the standards that you are using to judge?
Wed., Nov. 11: Read de Botton pps. 151 - 170; Are you feeling Intellectually Inadequate? Bring a favorite quote from an “academic” source.
AM I FREE OR DETERMINED? D’Holbach v. Sartre
Friday, Nov. 13: Read Baron D‘Holbach “Am I Free or Determined?”, pp. 95 – 102 in Castell et al.
Monday, Nov. 16: Read J.P. Sartre “I Am Free”, pp. 102 - 106 in Castell et al.
Wed., Nov. 18: Read Walter Stace “I am Determined and Free”, pps. 106 - 112 in Castell et al.
Friday, Nov. 20: Paper due on Determinism answering the question – “Am I free or am I determined?”
Wed., Dec. 2: Read in de Botton, pgs. 171 – 186. Reading quiz.
Friday, Dec. 4: Read in de Botton, pgs. 187 – 202.
Monday, Dec. 7: Aesthetics