life examined


the history of ideas



Lesson 01 October 23, M
Ch. 1: Introduction to Synoptic Philosophy
What Synoptic Philosophy is and does?
Lesson 02 October 25, W
Ch. 1: From Mythology to rational Thinking
What do we mean by Greek Miracle?
Lesson 03 October 30, M
Lesson 0 3 :

Ch. 2: Our Place in the World
How do we relate to the world and others?
Holiday-Jan 16, M. Lesson 04 November 1, W
Ch. 2: Physical and Mental
What is our inner world?
Lesson 05 November 6, M
Ch. 3: Knowing and Unknowing the Real World (part1)
How do we know?
Lesson 06 November 8, W
First Term Exam
Ch. 3: Knowing and Unknowing the Real World (part 2)
Can we really know?
Lesson 07 November 13, M
Ch. 3: Mental Reconstruction of the Reality
How do we think in time and space perspective?
Lesson 08 November 15, W
Ch. 4: Personal and Institutional Morality
What is our moral life?
Lesson 09 November 20, M
Ch. 4: Philosophical Investigation of Communication
How do we make senses?
Lesson 10 November 22, W
Ch. 5 History in Hands of Philosophers
What is our history for us?
Lesson 11 November 27, M
Mid-Term Exam
Class Discussion and Philosophical Journals Presentation
• Lesson 12 November 28, W
Ch. 6: Nature and Life
How do we understand nature and life?
Lesson 13 December 4, M. Make up work:
Ch. 7: Scientific Foundations of Philosophical Knowledge
What is science to us?
Lesson 14 December 6, W
Ch 8: Theological Issues of Immortality and Death
What else is there? What should we know for final exam?
Lesson 15 December 11, M
Final Exam
Lesson 16 December 13, M
Class Presentations


1645 pm--1915pm
Conference room , 1331


Instructor: Olga Workman
Telephone/Fax 760-720-9088

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in lieu of office hours, questions will be addressed
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Course Description
An examination of the following topics seeks to provide a historical framework for thinking about the major questions of mankind: what is the origin and nature of the universe and humanity?; Does God exist and if so, what does God require of us?; what can we know and how?

Faculty Educational Philosophy
The instructor will engage learners in disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.
Lectures, discussions, analysis of web sites, video films, and audio clips will complement reading and writing assignments.

Course Objectives
• classify ideas in a historical perspective
• analyze, contrast, and integrate ideas to cultivate a disciplined, conscious, and rational process of thought
• explain ideas and translate common sense into explicit philosophical premises
• strengthen convictions and be able to defend truth, justice, freedom and important personal values
• refute wrong ideas by  becoming a more critical thinker
• discuss ideas by attaching specific philosophical meaning to words • demonstrate a basic level of competence in the use of a variety of disciplinary research methods

Course Textbook(s)
Christian, L. (2006). Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering. (9th ed.). USA: Thomson Wadsworth.
ISBN: 0-534-51250-X

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Academic Honesty
Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

Attendance Policy
Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Late Submission of Course Materials
Assignments not submitted on the due date without a valid reason will be given a “zero” score.

• A valid reason should be substantiated with a written statement on letterhead signed by a person in authority or a written and signed statement from the student. Make up work will be accepted towards the final grade at 100% of the total grade. It should include 5 typed pages, covering class discussion and home reading material.
• If a reason for late submission of work is not valid and substantiated with a written statement, make up work will not be accepted for the missed class, which will negatively affect the final grade.

Course Assessment
• Analytical home and class reading assignments:
Particular home reading assignments are given in class and the general schedule can be found on the class web site.
Home reading requires thoughtful analysis of philosophical articles and abstracts. Reading and note taking are  beneficial for stimulating class discussions and deeper understanding of the course material).
• Participation in class discussions and team assignments
• Three exams
• Ten 50-100 words entries in a philosophical online journal, recording materials applicable to class discussions.
• Term paper (6 pages, may be published online @ (ph 311section) or @http:// www. and class presentation: (suggested topics, information sources, grading criteria and guidelines for writing term papers see the following guidelines:

Suggested Term Papers
• Extra-credit assignment: those who wish to add to their grade point average should present an additional  term paper (6 pages) on any subject related to class discussions and home reading material.

Classroom rules of Conduct
The Park University catalog provides detailed information on this subject.

Disability Guidelines
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:

Course Topics/Dates/Assignments
Information about dates, time of all class sessions, topics, study assignments, and examination schedules are given in the handouts and also accessible on the Instructor’s web site.

Grading Plan
First Exam 20 points (1 00%-90% A)
Mid-Term Exam 22points ( 1 00%-90% A)
Final Exam 25 points ( 100%-90% A)
Term Paper and Class Presentation 30 points (1 00%-90% A)
Philosophical Journal 20 points ( 100%-90% A)
Full –Time Participation 8 points per class (1 00%-90% A)

Note: final exam or term paper with a grade “D” will limit your final grade to " C".

Park University Grading Requirements:
1 00%-90% A (4.0 grade points) , 89%-90% B (3.0 grade points), 79%-70% C (2.0 grade
points), 69%-60% D (1.0 grade point), Below 60% F (0.0 no grade points)


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