COURSE CALENDAR

Text are listed for the days that they will be discussed.  Note that texts that you are “refer to” are additional information and not required readings.

DAY DATE Topic Reading Assignment Due Class Plan
Thursday 08/27/15 Introduction to Course; Studying Philosophy; Introduction to Two Traditions and the Comparative Method “The Value of Philosophy” http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=32 Refer to: http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=13  
Tuesday 09/01/15 Some Problems in Metaphysics “What is Metaphysics” from Koons, Robert C., and Timothy Pickavance. Metaphysics: The Fundamentals. John Wiley & Sons, 2015. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=52

Refer to: http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=13

Intellectual Autobiography Due

 
Thursday 09/03/15 Some Problems in Metaphysics Refer to: http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=13  
Tuesday 09/08/15 Heraclitus Selections from Heraclitus Fragments http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=39

Listen to “Russell on Heraclitus” http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/presocratics/heraclitus/russell-on-heraclitus/  From Russell, Bertrand. History of Western Philosophy. Routledge, 2013. http://ir.nmu.org.ua/bitstream/handle/123456789/124325/e3e2a7023815c1da4aca12101d85c7d4.pdf

Watch What the Greeks Knew http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=35

 
Thursday 09/10/15 Parmenides Selections from the fragments of Parmenides http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=42

Listen to “Russell on Parmenides” http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=44 From Russell, Bertrand. History of Western Philosophy. Routledge, 2013. http://ir.nmu.org.ua/bitstream/handle/123456789/124325/e3e2a7023815c1da4aca12101d85c7d4.pdf.

 
Tuesday 09/15/15 Realism and The Problem of Universals “The Problem of Universals” from Loux, M. J. Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge, 2006. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=114  
Thursday 09/17/15 Theory of Forms “Phaedo” http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=50

Refer to Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://www.iep.utm.edu/plato/#SH6b

Refer to: “Russell on Plato’s Forms” http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=120 From Russell, Bertrand. History of Western Philosophy. Routledge, 2013. http://ir.nmu.org.ua/bitstream/handle/123456789/124325/e3e2a7023815c1da4aca12101d85c7d4.pdf.

 
Tuesday 09/22/15 The Soul and the Self “Phaedo”
http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=50
 
Thursday 09/24/15 Concrete Particulars and Qualities “Concrete Particulars” from Loux, M. J. Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge, 2006. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=124  
Tuesday 09/29/15 Seminar Session: Third Man Argument All students to read:
129-134 of “Parmenides” by Plato from Jowett, Benjamin. The Dialogues of Plato. Vol. 4. Scribner, Armstrong, 1873. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=71

Vlastos, Gregory. “The Third Man Argument in the Parmenides.” The Philosophical Review, 1954, 319–49. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=81

Students to be assigned additional article:

Moravcsik, J. M. E. “The ‘Third Man’ Argument and Plato’s Theory of Forms.” Phronesis 8, no. 1 (January 1, 1963): 50–62. doi:10.2307/4181714. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=81

Sellars, Wilfrid. “Vlastos and ‘The Third Man.’” The Philosophical Review 64, no. 3 (July 1, 1955): 405–37. doi:10.2307/2182209.
http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=81

Teloh, Henry, and David James Louzecky.  “Plato’s Third Man Argument.” Phronesis 17, no. 1 (1972): 80–94. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=81

 
Thursday 10/01/15 Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Philosophy “An Introduction to Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika” from Bartley, C. An Introduction to Indian Philosophy. Bloomsbury Academic, 2011. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=56  
Tuesday 10/06/15 Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Philosophy Selection 1 from the Nyāya Sūtras of Gautama. From Vidyâbhûsana, S. C., and N. Sinha. The Nyâya Sûtras of Gotama. Motilal Banarsidass, 1990. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=61

Selections from Vaiśeṣika Sūtras of Kanāda. From Sinha, Nandalal. The Vaiśeṣika Sūtras of Kanāda. Pāninī Office, Bhuvaneśwari Āśrama, Bahadurganj, 1911. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=65

 
Thursday 10/08/15 FLEX CLASS Plans for this class will be announced.  
Tuesday 10/13/15 Reading Day-No Class    
Thursday 10/15/15 Seminar Session: Realism and Universals All students will read:
Rasmussen, Will. “The Realism of Universals in Plato and Nyāya.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 37, no. 3 (2009): 231–52. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=76Students to be assigned additional article:
Chadha, Monima. “On Knowing Universals: The Nyāya Way.” Philosophy East and West 64, no. 2 (2014): 287–302.
http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=76

Chakrabarti, Kisor. “The Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Theory of Universals.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 3, no. 3–4 (1975): 363–82. TO BE E-MAILED OR POSTED.

THIRD ARTICLE TBA

 
Tuesday 10/20/15 Mereology and Composition “Composition and Mereology” from Koons, Robert C., and Timothy Pickavance. Metaphysics: The Fundamentals. John Wiley & Sons, 2015. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=100  
Thursday 10/22/15 Endurance and Perdurance “Endurantism and Perdurantism” from Loux, M. J. Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge, 2006. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=103  
Tuesday 10/27/15 Causation “Causation” from Loux, M. J. Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge, 2006. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=165  
Thursday 10/29/15 Buddhism: An Introduction “The Buddha’s Sermon at Benares.” http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=151

Refer to: “Origins of Buddhism” from: Bartley, C. An Introduction to Indian Philosophy. Bloomsbury Academic, 2011. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=109

 
Tuesday 11/03/15 Overview of Abhidhamma Metaphysics: No Selves, No Sums, No Substances, No Similarities Refer to: “Abhidharma” from Siderits, Mark. Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction. Hackett Publishing, 2007.
http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=148
 
Thursday 11/05/15 Writing a Philosophical Essay  
Tuesday 11/10/15 Abhidhamma: Dhamma Particulars and Buddhist Nominalism Karunadasa, Y. “The Dhamma Theory: Philosophical Cornerstone of the Abhidhamma.” Kandy, Sri Lanka: Buddhist Publication Society, 1996. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=157

Siderits, Mark. “Buddhist Nominalism and Desert Ornithology.” Universals, Concepts and Qualities: New Essays on the Meaning of Predicates, 2006, 91–103. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=205
Paper Proposals Due

 
Thursday 11/12/15 Buddhist Mereology and Composition Selections from the The Milindapañha, from Pesala. The Debate of King Milinda: An Abridgement of the Milinda Pañha. [Sydney, Australia]: Buddha Dharma Education Association, 2003.
http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=160“Phena Sutta” http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=184

Refer to: unabridged translation, from Horner, Isaline Blew. Milinda’s Questions. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. 2 vols. London: Luzac, 1969. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=160

 
Tuesday 11/17/15 Causation, Intention and Karma/Kamma Reichenbach, Bruce R. “The Law of Karma and the Principle of Causation.” Philosophy East and West, 1988, 399–410. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=170

“Cetana Sutta: Intention”
http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=187

“Kaccayanagotta Sutta”
http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=190

Refer to: Piyadassi Thera. “Dependent Origination (Paṭicca Samuppāda).” Kandy, Sri Lanka: Buddhist Publication Society, 2008. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=173

 
Thursday 11/19/15 Anattā: No Self “Anattā, No Self” from Gethin, Rupert. Foundations of Buddhism. Oxford, GBR: Oxford University Press, 1998. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=178

“Anattalakkhana Sutta” http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=178

Paper Outline Due

 
Tuesday 11/24/15 Anattā: No Self Bhikkhu Bodhi. “The Mahānidāna Sutta, The Great Discourse on Causation, The Fifteenth Sutta of the Dīgha Nikāya.” Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 2007. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=193

Harvey, P. “Theravada Philosophy of Mind and the Person: Anatta-Lakkhana Sutta, Maha-Nidana Sutta, and Milindapanha.” In Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings. Edited by W. Edelglass and J. L. Garfield. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=196

 
Thursday 11/26/15 Thanksgiving Break  
Tuesday 12/01/15 Seminar Session: The Self and Soul All students will read:
Selection 2 from the Nyāya Sūtras of Gautama. From Vidyâbhûsana, S. C., and N. Sinha. The Nyâya Sûtras of Gotama. Motilal Banarsidass, 1990.
http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=61Students will be assigned one of the following texts:
Chakravarti, Arindam. “The Nyāya Proofs for the Existence of the Soul.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 10, no. 3 (1982): 211–38. TO BE E-MAILED OR POSTED.

Albahari, Miri. “Nirvana and Ownerless Consciousness,” in Siderits, Mark, Evan Thompson, and Dan Zahavi, eds. Self, no Self?: Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions, 85-119. Oxford University Press, 2010.
Siderits, Mark.  “Buddhas as Zombies: A Buddhist Reduction of Subjectivity,” in in Siderits, Mark, Evan Thompson, and Dan Zahavi, eds. Self, no Self?: Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions,  308-333. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Chakrabarti, Arindam. “I Touch What I Saw.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52, no. 1 (March 1, 1992): 103–16. doi:10.2307/2107746. http://www.intrepidphilosopher.com/berea/?p=145

 
Thursday 12/03/15 Student Presentations Student Presentations, Rough Draft Due  
Tuesday 12/08/15 Student Presentations Student Presentations  
Thursday 12/10/15 TBA TBA  
Tuesday 12/15/15 FINALS WEEK NO CLASS Final Paper Draft Due
Thursday 12/17/15 FINALS WEEK NO CLASS  
   

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