Majors Seminar Reading and Presentation Schedule

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AUG 30

SEP 6

SEP 13

  • Overbye, Dennis, "Don't Let Them Tell you You're Not at the Center of the Universe," [1]
  • Stafford, William, "A Way of Writing"
  • Dillard, Annie, "Living Like Weasels"
  • Lakoff and Johnson, "How Philosophical Theories Work," from Philosophy in the Flesh
  • Review article of Philosophy in the Flesh [2]
  • Introduction to Philosophy in the Flesh with additional review [3]
  • Baggini & Fosl, Table of Contents. Please Print this for class next week
  • Crawford, Matthew, The World Beyond Your Head, "Introduction"
  • Dennett, Daniel, Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, "Introduction"

SEP 20

  • News and Research Reports
  • Alfino
  • Scheduled Readings
  • Crawford, Chs. 2-3
  • Dennett, Ch2, Sections 1-6

SEP 27

  • News and research reports
  • Readings
  • Crawford, Chapters 3 and 4
  • Dennett, Chapter 2, Sections 7-12
  • Pinker, Intro, Chapters 1 & 2
  • Presentations
  • Ally - Hadot
  • Evan - Some initial finds on animal consciousness.

OCT 4

  • News and research reports
  • Readings
  • Dennett, Chapter 3, sections 13-18
  • Pinker, Chapter 3
  • Crawford, Chapter 5
  • Presentations


OCT 11

  • News and research reports
  • Westacott, The Wisdom of Frugality (a new book out by a friend)
  • EWU conference
  • Northwest conference this weekend
  • Some data on superpowers
  • Community member calls in with Happiness piece text from happiness email from retiree
  • Read Smith, Chapter 1 "An Unsettling Question"
  • Workshop on A Philosophic Case: Andrew Smith's argument in A Critique of the Moral Defense of Vegetarianism
  • let's look at both the writing style and argument structure in this overview chapter. I'll try fill in from the book.
  • Elizabeth on Pet Abolitionists.
  • Ali on Hermeneutics?
  • Something on why theories of meaning matter.
  • Read Crawford, "Brief History of Freedom" pp. 115-123

OCT 18

  • News and research reports
  • Rambo, Shelly. "Refiguring Wounds in the Afterlife (of Trauma)" (Presenter, Ali R)
  • Back to Dennett
  • context and summary - Alfino
  • Section 19: Evan
  • Section 20: Ali R
  • Section 21: Elizabeth
  • Section 22: Eric
  • Section 23: Ally C
  • Please try to present your section, but also connect it to the general point of view Dennett is suggesting.
  • Crawford, Chapters 6 & 7 (Ali R)

OCT 25

  • News and research reports
  • Crawford, Chapters 8, 9, 10
  • Looking for volunteer presenters.
  • Pinker, Chapter 4, "The Web, the Tree and the String" 1st 1/2 of the chapter
  • The goal here is to come to class with one or two points from this reading that you found helpful.
  • Dennett, pp. 107-150, Sections 24-27
  • Section 24, "The Seven Secrets of Computer Power Revealed". On this section, I'd like to see if we can each write 1-3 sentences summarizing his point.
  • Section 25, "Virtual Machines"
  • Section 26, "Algorithms" Elizabeth
  • Section 27, "Automating the Elevator"
  • Volunteers needed for Sections 25-27.

NOV 1

  • News and research reports
  • Crawford, Chs 11 and 12
  • Pinker, Chapter 4, "The Web, the Tree and the String" 1st 1/2 of the chapter
  • The goal here is to come to class with one or two points from this reading that you found helpful.
  • Shick and Vaughn, "The Laboratory of the Mind" (on thought experiments), or read Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on thought experiments.
  • come to class with a thought experiment to share.
  • Alfino, "Report of the Mission to Observe Colony B"


NOV 8

  • News and research reports


NOV 15

  • News and research reports


NOV 17

  • News and research reports


NOV 22

  • Thanksgiving Week: Optional Meeting Time

DEC 6

  • News and research reports