Name:  John Holladay
Title:  Professor of Humanities 
Office C 212 / Phone 384-4155

Welcome to Doc Holladay's Winter 2014

152 Western Philosophy Home Page:

Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:50 AM!

152 Introduction to Western Philosophy
3 Credit Hours

This course provides an introduction to the types of philosophy
and the study of the great thinkers' contributions to studies which
investigate the principles and facts of reality, of human nature, and
basic problems of conduct relevant to man. Emphasis is on early
Greek philosophy: Plato and Aristotle. This course will include
writing assignments.

I would like to begin this page by pointing you toward a variety of excellent sources that relate to philosophy and to the philosophers we will be reading this semester.

These first few sources will take you to Web sites that relate to philosophy and to the contributions of several classical philosophers:

1)        Guide to Philosophy on the Internet

2)     The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

3)      Women and Philosophy  

4)      Philosophy around the Web

5)      Links to a wide variety of philosophy topics

6)     Philosophy Now

Reading Assignments To Test #1 / Winter 2014

152 Western Philosophy


Thursday / January 16 -- "Introduction" and "The Apology" (study questions) in The Enduring Questions, pages 1-27.    For commentary on "The Apology. AND  Read "The Crito" (study questions)  in The Republic and Other Works   pp. 473-485 (for a link to a discussion of the Crito).

Tuesday / January 21 --AND The Republic pp. 41-71 Book II  (study questions)    For a link to a good discussion of  "The Republic.

Thursday / January 23 -- The Republic pp. 108-137 Book IV (study questions)  AND The Republic pp. 163-173 last part of Book V (questions 7, 8, 9) (study questions) (for an excellent discussion of the notion of "forms" introduced in this section of "The Republic")  (Plato's theory of eternal forms)

Tuesday / January 28 --  Snow Day / College Closed

 Thursday / January 30 -- The Republic pp. 205-233 Book VII (study questions) (Video of Allegory of the Cave)

 Tuesday / February 4 -- The Republic pp. 264-287 Book IX (study questions)

 Thursday / February 6 - -   The Republic pp. 288-316 Book X  (study questions)

Tuesday / February 11 -- Test #1


Reading Assignments

To Test #2 / Winter 2014

152 Western Philosophy

All reading assignments are from The Enduring Questions

  Thursday / February 13  --Aristotle, "Ethics" 327-344 (study questions) An excellent link to Aristotle and his work.

 Tuesday / February 18  --Mill, "Utilitarianism" 378-387 (study questions 1-4)  For links to Mill and Utilitarianism try this one in The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Thursday / February 20  -- Mill, "Utilitarianism" 387-391 (study questions 5-8) 

 Tuesday / February 25 --Kant, "Categorical Imperative" 359-362  (study questions 1-6) For biography and analysis of  Kant's work. or Kant's Metaphysics and Bb Forum #1 is due. 

 Thursday / February 27 -- Kant, "Categorical Imperative" 363-372  (study questions 7-14)

 Tuesday / March 4  -- Test #2


Reading Assignments

To Test #3 /  Winter 2014

152 Western Philosophy

All reading assignments are from The Enduring Questions

Thursday / March 6 -- Huston Smith video in class and Bb responses are due.



March 10 - 16  /   NO MCCC Classes! / Winter Break!


Tuesday / March 18 -- Descartes, 280-288  (study questions)  

  Thursday / March 20 -- Descartes, 288-294  (study questions)  

  Tuesday / March 25 -- Berkeley, Idealism, 257-266 (study questions 1-4)  For a discussion of Berkely and his works see The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.   and Ethics Essay is due.

  Thursday / March 27  -- Berkeley, Idealism, 266-279 (study questions 5-8)

 Tuesday / April 1  -- James, Pragmatism, 142-149  (study questions)  A good link to James' sites on the Web.

  Thursday / April 3 -- TEST #3 


Reading Assignments

To Test #4 /  Winter 2014

152 Western Philosophy

 Tuesday / April 8  -- James, "The Will to Believe" (handout) (study questions)

  Thursday / April 10  -- Kierkegaard, (handout),   (study questions).   One of the most complete sites available on Kierkegaard with commentary.     

 Tuesday, April 15  -- Chapter 1, Irrational Man (study questions) and  Chapter 2, Irrational Man  (study questions).   One good introduction to existentialism another source on the realm of existentialism.   Gordon Bigelow's "Primer of Existentialism"

  Thursday / April 17  -- Chapter 7  Irrational Man (study questions) and  Chapter 8, Irrational Man (study questions)  

 Tuesday / April 22 -- Mill, 490-498, Enduring Questions, Study Questions 1-8,  (study questions)  and Bb Forum #2 is due.

Thursday, April 24  -- Mill, 499-509, Enduring Questions, Study Questions 9-17,  (study questions) For another good site on Mill and his works.

 Tuesday, April 29 -- Skinner and Rogers, "Behaviorism and Humanism" (handout) (study questions).  More information about Skinner and his theories of operant conditioning and in intro. to Carl Rogers AND  Bb Forum 2 responses are due

Thursday, May 1 -- TEST #4



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