Ancient Philosophy and Contemporary Problems

Monday, January 30, 2006

Parmenides is taken to have argued for the following conclusions:

1. There is no coming into existence or ceasing to exist.
2. There is no change.
3. There is no movement.
4. There is no plurality. (Note: There is a plurality if, and only if, at least two things exist.)

The assignment for Wednesday, 2/1, is to extract a valid argument from Parmenides, presented in numbered premise-conclusion form, for at least one of the above conclusions. The Parmenides readings are available from the course website. Feel free to comment to this post with attempts, questions, concerns, etc.

Monday, January 23, 2006

The homework for Wednesday, 1/25, is E-I on the Premises and Conclusions handout and 3-21 odd on the Validity handout. Feel free to do the even ones as well--it is very likely that we will discuss at least some of these in class.

In addition, please feel free to post (or comment to this post) about any answers to the above that you are unsure about.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The readings are now available from the course website. Reading 1 is here. You will need to check your email to get the username and password for the readings.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The College Writing Program Argument Manual that explains how to Present valid arguments in numbered premise-conclusion form is here.

The information from Jim Pryor on how to read and write philosophy papers is available from the sidebar. This reading is the least crucial for next time.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

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