Reason and Truth
Final Examination Format Information:
Two hour exam; Short Answer Section (questions similar
to weekly assignments), Budget 1 hour.
Essay answer section (write short essay--length up
to you--on 1 of a set of topics), Budget 1 hour.
Pre-exam office hours. I will be in my office:
**** Friday, Dec. 13, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Thursday, Dec. 19, 11:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: William Seager.
Office Hrs: Tuesday and Thursday 10-11am, or by appointment.
Core Questions in Philosophy,
Plan of Course:
My goal is to get through Parts I-IV of
Sober's book. Since the first part is short, we can cover it in
two weeks or so. That gives us about 3 weeks for each of Part II,
III and IV (we won't cover Part V - if you are interested in an
introductory course in ethics look up PHLA11). You can keep track
of our progress by checking the "Where Are We" section of this
webpage as we go along. Our official readings will mostly be
Sober's own lectures, but I encourage you all to read the
original source material as well.
The final grade will be based upon two short papers (each worth
22% of the final grade), a set of weekly exercises (worth altogether
5% of the final grade), a mid-term quiz (worth 16% of the final grade)
and a final exam (worth 35% of the final grade).
The Mid-Term Quiz: this will be an in class test (length:
45 minutes) which will consist of short answer questions similar to
the kinds of questions found on the weekly assignments.
The Short Papers: these will be on topics to be provided on this
web page. They should be no more than 1200 words long and no less
than 1000 words long.
Philosophy demands hard and careful thought, and such thought deserves
clear and well organized writing for its expression. Some advice on writing philosophy
papers will of course be provided in class and in tutorial, and here are a couple of links:
Writing a Philosophy Paper; James Pryor's
Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper.
Note also that late essays are not acceptable unless you have
a valid reason for not being able to produce the essay in a timely fashion. We *may*
accept late essays one week late with a one grade (10%) penalty. Please discuss
any problems with your tutorial leader.
The Weekly Exercises: these will be sets of questions about the
current readings. The questions will mostly be obvious and based
entirely on the readings. Your answers will not be graded - you
will receive credit for handing in your work ON TIME so long as a good
faith effort has been made. Altogether, they are worth 5% of
the final grade so you needn't feel devastated if you miss one.
But it's an easy 5% and will help you keep up with the reading.
Exercises are to submitted in your weekly tutorial.
The Final Exam: The exam will be 2 hours long and will have two sections.
The first will be a short answer section with questions similar to
those found in the weekly exercises. The second section will require
you to write one short essay from a selection of topics.
- Tuesday, September 3, 2013: First meeting of PHLA10F, 11am @ AC223.
- Monday, September 16, 2013: Last day to add classes.
- Week of September 16, 2013: Tutorials start this week.
- October 10, 2013: Mid-Term Quiz
(in class test, 45 minutes).
- Monday, October 14, 2013: Thanksgiving (University closed).
- Oct. 15-18: Fall Reading Week (no classes).
- Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 by 11:59pm: TERM PAPER I due.
- Monday, November 18, 2013: Last day to drop F courses.
- Thursday, November 28, 2013: Final Class.
- Saturday, November 30@11:59pm, 2013: TERM PAPER II due.
- December 3-5, 2013: Study Break.
- Thursday, December 5, 2013: Last day to drop UTSC F courses and have them remain on the
transcript with a grade of LWD indicating withdrawal without academic penalty.
- December 6-20, 2013: Final Examination Period.
- Thursday, December 19, 2013, 2-4pm: A10 FINAL EXAM, in the Gymnasium.
[Note: Essay 2 will be returned by email via blackboard by the Exam time.]
Where are we?
- Week of Sep. 2: Reading Sober chs. 1 and 2 Lecture notes here.
- Week of Sep. 9: Reading Sober chs. 2 and 3. Lecture notes here.
- Week of Sep. 16: Reading Sober chs. 3 and 4. Lecture notes here.
- Week of Sep. 23: Reading Sober chs. 5-7. Lecture notes here and here.
- Week of Sep. 30: Reading Sober ch. 8. Lecture notes here.
- Week of Oct. 7: Reading Sober ch. 8 and ch. 9.
- Week of Oct. 14: Reading Week!
- Week of Oct. 21: Reading Sober chs. 10 and 11. Lecture notes here.
- Week of Oct. 28: Reading Sober chs. 12 and 13. Lecture notes here.
- Week of Nov. 4: Reading Sober chs. 13 and 14. Lecture notes here.
- Week of Nov. 11: Reading Sober chs. 14-17. Lecture notes here.
- Week of Nov. 18: Reading Sober chs. 19-22 (note: ch. 18 skipped). Lecture notes here, here
- Week of Nov. 25 (final week): Reading Sober chs. 23-26 (skipping ch. 27). Lecture notes here and
- Assignment 1, due in tutorial, week of Sept. 16. (Get assignment 1.)
- Assignment 2, due in tutorial, week of Sept. 23. (Get assignment 2.) [Sorry
this is a bit late.]
- Assignment 3, due in tutorial, week of Sept. 30. (Get assignment 3.)
- Assignment 4, due in tutorial, week of Oct. 7. (Get assignment 4.)
- No assignment in week of Oct. 21: midterms returned and discussed.
- Assignment 5, due in tutorial, week of Oct. 28. (Get assignment 5.)
[Note: "catch up" exercise on Pascal and evil.]
- Assignment 6, due in tutorial, week of Nov. 4. (Get assignment 6.)
- Assignment 7, due in tutorial, week of Nov. 11. (Get assignment 7.)
- Assignment 8, due in tutorial, week of Nov. 18. (Get assignment 8.)
- Assignment 9, due in tutorial, week of Nov. 25. (Get assignment 9.)