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Trad 104 Mind, Matter, God Section 39; T/Th 9:30am:  Trad 104 Mind, Matter, God Section 39; T/Th 9:30am J. Christopher Maloney maloney@u.arizona.edu Department of Philosophy Social Sciences 213 621 3120 Office Hours T/TH 11:00pm – 12:30pm Graduate Teaching Associates:  Graduate Teaching Associates Seiji Watanabe watanabe@mail.sbs.arizona.edu Social Sciences 138 Office Hours Wednesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm Thursdays, 2:00pm-3:00pm and by appointment   Ian Evans ice@email.arizona.edu Social Sciences 138 621 7098 Office Hours Mondays, 8:00am-9:20am Wednesdays, 8:00am-9:20am All questions about grades should be sent to Seiji Watanabe Add/Drop:  Add/Drop I’ll sign Add forms only through August 25 D2L Course Site http://d2l.arizona.edu/:  D2L Course Site http://d2l.arizona.edu/ See for syllabus & lecture notes Consult schedule of assignments weekly Note various links See D2L for your grades Required Materials:  Required Materials Book: Philosophical Reflections on Mind, Matter and God, 2002 or later; Second Edition or later A number 2 pencil for exams What You Can Expect:  What You Can Expect Critical examination of the great philosophical ideas in western history on the fundamental nature of the self the ultimate structure of reality the nature of human knowledge existence and nature of God You Can Expect Me To::  You Can Expect Me To: Present, evaluate, and explore the fundamentally important issues in our readings Where appropriate, show how these crucially important and ideas bear upon our time and experience Urge you critically to develop and assess your own relevant ideas What I ask of You:  What I ask of You Your best efforts critical reflection on readings rigorous but considerate argumentation participation in discussion attendance; no late arrivals or early departures decorum: “chatters” may be asked to depart Neuron Protection Program:  Neuron Protection Program Here’s a deal: I promise always to end class three minutes early if Good decorum No premature “shuffling” No late arrivals and early departures Course Requirements:  Course Requirements Readings from Phil Reflections on MMG Three Exams (300 points total) Unspecified number of pop quizzes not to exceed 10 (100 points total) Extra Credit 10 points for taking all quizzes 30 points for bonus test questions Attendance Policy No late arrival/early departures (point deductions) Grades:  Grades Three required 100 point exams Drawn from readings, lectures and study guides on web Each exam is multiple choice and/or True/False Each exam covers only material since previous exam Final exam is not cumulative True/false or multiple choice quizzes for a total of 100 points Extra credit 10 points for taking all quizzes 10 points on each exam for bonus questions on exams Course Grade:  Course Grade Attendance:  Attendance Absences No formal deduction, but potential adverse consequence on exams and quizzes No unexcused quiz make-ups; so, if you are absent and miss a quiz, you won’t get the extra credit for taking all quizzes How To Prepare For Exams:  How To Prepare For Exams Attend all lectures; complete reading assignments See lecture notes on-line Review Study Guides on Web Office Hours Collaborative Study Groups Encouraged! Weekly Optional Review Sessions In CESL 102 Wednesdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm, beginning September 5 Travel and Make-up Exams:  Travel and Make-up Exams Travel, unless authorized by the Dean of Students for official University activities, is not an automatic excuse for a missed assignment, including exams and quizzes Documented serious problems, including illness, will serve as excuses for missed exams and allow for make-up exams if I’m notified in a timely manner Class Discussion:  Class Discussion Class discussion is warmly welcomed and encouraged! Ask Questions! “Help ! I don’t understand this at all ! ” “Is Plato being consistent when he says X?” Challenge the author; Challenge me! Compare scientific and philosophical frontiers where uncertainty lives How to Read Philosophy:  How to Read Philosophy Think for yourself and question what you read! Give yourself lots of uninterrupted time Mark the text & take notes as you read to indicate Important Ideas Arguments Distinguish Premises (Reasons) from Conclusions Assess the arguments! Assess your assessment!

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