Department of Philosophy
PHL 314A -- Major Representatives of American Philosophy
Semester: Fall 1998
When: T, W, Th - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Doorley Hall D111
Office Hours: T, W, Th 11-12
The major representative of American Philosophy who will be covered in
this course will be William James.
By the end of the course, students should understand:
the main themes of American philosophy
the principal ideas of the philosophy of William James
the historical and conceptual context of James’s philosophy
The development of the central themes of American Philosophy as found in
one or more of the following: Peirce, Royce, James, Dewey, Whitehead, Quine,
Rorty. 3 credits.
The Writings of William James: A Comprehensive Edition. The
University of Chicago Press, 1978.
Policy on Academic Dishonesty:
Cheating on tests will result in failure of the test. Cheating
on the final examination will result in failure of the final examination
and the course.
Absence from a test: no make-up will be given. An exception to
this policy will be considered only if an extremely serious and verified
reason is offered, e.g., a serious illness or injury verified in writing
by a physician. Absence from 9 or more classes: if a student is doing
unsatisfactory work, he or she may receive an FA grade.
Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty:
"Every effort will be made to ensure justice in any allegation of intellectual
dishonesty. In all cases, educational assistance rather than adversarial
proceedings will be sought. Sanctions may include receiving a failing
grade in the course, and in the case of a second instance, dismissal from
Approximately two weeks will be devoted to each topic. Specific readings
and computer assignments will be given at the appropriate time.
Background to American philosophy: historical and conceptual
William James: life and times
James and the beginnings of academic philosophy
The main themes of James’s philosophy
James’s influence on American philosophy and American culture
American philosophy after James
After instruction in how to participate in the group, assignments involving
research and discussion of readings will be given.
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