“Philosophy For Work and Life”
An issues-based introduction to philosophy for the sake of theology and professional involvements, including some work on logical reasoning.
1) Participants will be provided with a wide-ranging issues-based introduction to philosophy in its varied dimensions.
2) Participants will be given the opportunity to delve for themselves into one or two philosophical issues of particular interest to themselves and/or of particular relevance for their task as theologians/teachers/nurses/pastoral workers whatever.
3) Participants will be given enough practical 'Logic' to recognize the more common forms of valid reasoning and to be able hopefully to recognize the most common fallacies that beset common life, scientific, philosophical and also theological reasoning as well as reasoning in various professional contexts.
(a) June Intensive: five topics over five days, with logic thrown in at regular intervals. The objective is to open up the topics or issues, treating only a few aspects in any depth – each of the (family of) issues could be treated in one or more units by themselves and open up almost infinite vistas for further thought and research. Towards the end of each day there will be a little bit of input on logic plus a time for group discussion to get our thinking on each topic going.
(b) Personal and/or Group Work over the next ten weeks or so, a topic at a time, delving into the Book of Readings and anything else considered useful.
(c) Personal research on a topic or topics of particular interest to the participant. This can also be enlivened by discussion with others as useful. This can be going on from the beginning, but comes into its own after the mid-semester break.
Written work may be
submitted as email attachment or as hard copy as people want. Please send a copy to me plus another for
sake of record and your own security to firstname.lastname@example.org or else
2005 Second Semester: List of Topics
One per day over the five days, with Logic thrown in (about half an hour each day) at regular intervals.
Introduction: what is philosophy anyway?
What is philosophy?
*Philosophy as thinking/feeling/talking through matters of concern more deeply together beyond the taken for granted; Philosophy, the History of Philosophy, and contemporary technical academic philosophy; Philosophy and Leadership; Philosophy and Theology
Basic concepts of logical argument #1 (notes for all the Logic here)
Topic 2: Knowing, Truth and Meaning
Hermeneutics PowerPoint Presentation (OUTLINE ONLY; for full presentation, please email.)
Logical argument #2
Topic 3: Personal Identity, Gender, Community and the Natural World: who and what are we and where do we fit it?
Rawls outline (for ppt presentation, please email and I will send a copy)
Logical Argument #3, plus some Homework to do
Topic 4: Souls and Bodies, Minds and Brains, Death and Life after Death
Logical argument #4: including feedback on the Homework
Topic 5: God and Religion
For further resources, go to Philosophy of Religion unit.
Logic Test, after the pattern of the Homework.
H51060 etc: INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY: GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
BOOKS to consult on topics for discussion and essay writing include especially the following:
(Note: Draft Only: needs to be updated, to reflect what the library has acquired recently. Better version in late May.)
Morris, Tom. Philosophy for Dummies. IDG Books Worldwide Inc., Foster City, CA., 1999.
Warburton, Nigel. Philosophy: The Basics. Routledge, London, Second Edition, 1996.
Teichman, Jenny, and Katherine C. Evans. Philosophy: A Beginner’s Guide. Blackwell, 1991. Almost all issues covered, and basic historical info at back. Looks really good, but Analytic in focus.
Solomon, Robert. Introducing Philosophy: A text with integrated readings. 7th Edition. Harcourt College Publishers, Fort Worth, Philadelphis, 2001. Issues based, very rich.
Perry, John, and Michael Bratman, editors. Introduction to Philosophy. 3rd Edition. O.U.P., 1999. Issues based, reading classical and contemporary analytic. A large book (824 pages), a glossary of philosophical terms at the back, and lots of lovely puzzles and paradoxes also at the back.
Pinchin, Calvin. Issues in Philosophy. Macmillan, London, 1990.
McGinn, Colin. Problems in Philosophy: The Limits of Inquiry. Blackwell, Oxford, 1993. Issues based, a particular point of view, seems typically analytic, by no means impartial. An advanced introductory book.
Warnock, Mary. The Uses of Philosophy. Blackwell, 1992. More specialized studies by a famous British philosophy, of use on some topics (see table of contents).
Phillips. D.Z, Introducing Philosophy. Blackwell, 1996. Issues based, another thoughtful point of view type introduction.
Nagel, Thomas. What does it all mean? OUP, 1987.
Nagel, Thomas. Mortal Questions. CUP, Canto edition, 1991. Much the same as the other, but more advanced and expressive of his own ideas.
Frankfurt, H.G. The Importance of What We Care About. CUP, 1988.
Litch, Mary M. Philosophy Through Film. Routledge, N.Y., 2002. Looks great fun, really excellent. What would she have made of Star Trek: Nemesis?
Radford, Colin. Driving to California: An Unconventional Introduction to Philosophy. Edinburgh Univ. Press, 1996. Once again, looks great fun, while covering important issues.
Macquarrie, John. In search of humanity. Crossroad, N.Y., 1985. John Macquarrie is a theologian, but well acquainted with both Anglo-Saxon and Continental Philosophy.
Preston, Noel. Understanding Ethics. Second Edition. The Federation Press, Annandale, NSW, 2000.
Freakley, Mark and Gilbert Burgh. Engaging with Ethics: Ethical Inquiry for Teachers. The Social Science Press, Katoomba, 2000.
Gaita, Raymond. A Common Humanity:Thinking about Love and Truth and Justice. Text Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, 1999.
Palmer, Donald. Looking at Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter. Mayfield Publishing Co., Mountain View, California, Second Edition 1994.
Osborne, Richard and Ralph Edney. Philosophy for Beginners. Writers and Readers Publishing Co., N.Y., 1992.
Stevenson, Jay. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Philosophy. Alpha Books, Macmillan, 1998.
Palmer and Osborne/Edney somewhat similar in presentation, both very good.
Flew, Anthony. An Introduction to Western Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments from Plato to Sartre. Thames and Hudson, 1971. Tries to combine approaches.
Russell, Bertrand. History of Western Philosophy. Allen and Unwin, London, 1961.
Kenny, Anthony, editor. The Oxford Illustrated History of Western Philosophy. O.U.P. 1994.
Waithe, Mary Ellen, editor. A History of Women Philosophers. Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4. Kluwer, Dordrecht, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1995.
Tougas, Cecile T. and Ebenreck, Sara. Presenting Women Philosophers. Temple Univ. Press, Philadelphia, 2000.
Gaarder, Jostein. Sophie's World. An Adventure in Philosophy. Phoenix House, London, 1995.
OTHER REFERENCES OF GENERAL USEFULNESS might include:
The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy, edited by Nicholas Bunnin and E. P. Tsui-James. Blackwell, Oxford, 1996. This gives a serious overview of contemporary Anglo-American mostly university philosophy on most but not all of our topics. It is a bit too much for the level of pitch of the input but may be useful for essays. A good overall introduction for more serious users with time on their hands
Parkinson, G.H.R., editor. An Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. Routledge, London, 1988.
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited Edward Craig. Routledge, London and N.Y., 1998. Searchable CD available in Banyo library.
An Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited Paul Edwards. Macmillan, N.Y., 1967.
And such like…
To broaden your horizons:
Smart, Ninian. World Philosophies. Routledge, London, 1999.
Cooper, David E. World Philosophies: An Historical Introduction. Blackwell, Oxford, 1996.
Keller, John M. Oriental Philosophies. Second Edition. Macmillan, London, 1985.
Leaman, Oliver. Eastern Philosophy: Key Readings. Routledge, London, 2000.
Recommendation: get one of the issues based treatments plus one of the history based treatments. Figure out which one by looking at the library copies.
Some books on Logic:
Copi, Irving M. Introduction to Logic. Various editions (up to at least 11th Edition). Has an excellent chapter on fallacies, well organized.
Murphy, Nancey C. Reasoning and Rhetoric in Religion. Trinity Press International, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1994.
Hamblin, C. Fallacies. Univ. of N.S.W. Press, 1985.
Plus the old favourite: Thouless, Robert H. Straight and Crooked Thinking. Pan Books, London, first published 1930.
There is quite a lot of Logic online, and a good amount of philosophy generally, including editions in various versions of standard works from the history of philosophy from the Greeks to the present day.