Gensler's Philosophy Courses
This course presumes no previous study of logic. If you've had a previous logic course (e.g., PHIL 174), then some of the beginning material should be familiar; but we'll cover these areas more quickly.
We'll have six half-period quizzes plus a comprehensive final exam (which counts as three quizzes). Missed quizzes count as zero. If you can't take a quiz on time, contact me before the morning of the next class and we might be able to set up another time; but you can't take a quiz after I hand them back. Cheating on a quiz will earn you a grade in the F range.
I'll use this grading scale: A = 90s or above (90-92 = A-), B = 80s (87-89 = B+, 80-82 = B-), C = 70s (77-79 = C+, 70-72 = C-), D = 60s (67-69 = D+), F = 50s or below. To figure out your course grade, write each quiz score, write the final exam score three times, drop the lowest number, and average the others. So your lowest quiz drops if it's lower than the final; if the final is lower than any quiz, then it counts as only two quizzes.
You'll do much of your homework on computer using the LogiCola program. Download LogiCola from http://www.harryhiker.com/lc. Send me your scores by e-mail when you take the corresponding written test; I won't accept scores after I return the quiz. Try to do the exercises at an average level of 7 or higher (levels go from 1 to 9). Your exercise scores add a bonus or penalty to your exam score. Let's say your average level (dropping fractions) is N. You get a +1 bonus for each number N is above 7; so you get a +2 bonus if N=9. You get a -1 penalty for each number N is below 7; so you get a -3 penalty if N=4. If you fake scores, your course grade will be lowered by one grade.
If you're a graduate student and take the course for graduate credit, then you have to do some additional work (perhaps a paper, further chapters, a book report, or an analysis of some philosophical arguments using logical techniques). See me for a suitable assignment that connects with your interests.
You're required to attend class regularly. You can miss 5 classes without this itself hurting your grade (these 5 are for sickness, funerals, etc.). After that, each unexcused absence subtracts one point from your final course average. You can be excused for university functions. Perfect attendance will add a four point bonus to your final course average.
Students seeking academic accommodations for a disability must in the first week meet with Services for Students with Disabilities (Sullivan 117) and then meet with me about accommodations.
In this course, we'll wrestle with some of the deepest questions of life, learn to think better about morality, and sharpen our general thinking skills.
Our text is Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction, second edition, by Harry J. Gensler (Routledge 2011).
Our course has four parts:
You are required to:
I'll use this grading scale to convert numbers into letters: A = 90s or above (90-92 = A-), B = 80s (87-89 = B+, 80-82 = B-), C = 70s (77-79 = C+, 70-72 = C-), D = 60s (67-69 = D+), F = 50s or below.
Students seeking academic accommodations for a disability must in the first week meet with Services for Students with Disabilities (Sullivan 117) and then meet with me about accommodations.
We'll have four full-period quizzes plus a comprehensive final exam, which counts as two quizzes. Missed quizzes count as zero. If you can't take a quiz on time, contact me before the morning of the next class and we might be able to set up another time; you can't take a quiz after I hand them back. Cheating on a quiz will earn you a grade in the F range. A = 90s or above (90-92 = A-), B = 80s (87-89 = B+, 80-82 = B-), C = 70s (77-79 = C+, 70-72 = C-), D = 60s (67-69 = D+), F = 50s or below.
You'll do much of your homework on computer using the LogiCola program. Download LogiCola from http://www.harryhiker.com/lc. Send me your scores by e-mail when you take the corresponding written test; I won't accept scores after I return the quiz. Try to do the exercises at an average level of 7 or higher (levels go from 1 to 9). Your exercise scores add a bonus or penalty to your exam score. Let's say your average level (dropping fractions) is N. You get a +1 bonus for each number N is above 7; so you get a +2 bonus if N=9. You get a -1 penalty for each number N is below 7; so you get a -3 penalty if N=4. If you fake scores, your course grade will be lowered by one grade.
You're required to attend class regularly. You can miss 5 classes without this itself hurting your grade (these 5 are for sickness, funerals, etc.). After that, each unexcused absence subtracts one point from your final course average. You can be excused for university functions. Perfect attendance will add a four point bonus to your final course average.
Students seeking academic accommodations for a disability must in the first week meet with Services for Students with Disabilities (Sullivan 117) and then meet with me about accommodations.