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UC Davis Department of Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophy Department

1240 Social Sciences and Humanities
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (530) 752-0607

Fax: (530) 752-8964

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These are the reading assignments for this class. Readings are from the links listed.







Month Day Topic URL
April 4 Introduction
6 Plato: Euthyphro Euthyphro
11 Plato: Apology, Crito, Republic (excerpts) Apology, Crito, Republic
13 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics (excerpts) Ethics
18 Hobbes: Leviathan (excerpts) Leviathan
20 Kant: Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals (excerpts) Preface and Section One Metaphysic of Morals
25 Kant: Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals (excerpts) Section Two Metaphysic of Morals
27 Mill: Utilitarianism Utilitarianism
May 2 Sartre: “The Humanism of Existentialism” Existentialism
4 Plato: Phaedo Phaedo
9 Aristotle: Metaphysics (excerpts) Metaphysics
11 Aristotle: Physics, Aquinas: Summa Theologicae (excerpts) Readings
16 Anselm: Proslogion (excerpts) Readings
18 Descartes: Meditations 1-3 Meditations
23 Descartes: Meditations 4-6 Meditations
25 Hume: Enquiry, Sections I-VII Enquiry
30 Hume: Enquiry, Sections VIII-XII Enquiry
June 1 Kant: Critique of Pure Reason (excerpts) to end of Introduction Critique
6 Kant: Critique of Pure Reason (excerpts) from beginning of Transcendental Logic to end Critique
8 Russell: Problems of Philosophy, Chapters 1-3, 5, 8 Problems
9 FINAL EXAMINATION 10:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M.