I.                PHI  222 Survey of Modern Philosophy

Ferrum College

Program:  Philosophy                      School:  Arts and Humanities


II.                  Instructor:   Instructor Name:  Gary L. Angel

Office:  Britt 211

Phone Number:  4343

Office Hours:  MWF 2:45-5:15


III.                Class Meeting Time:  TR 2:00-3:20


IV.               Textbooks and Materials: 


Socrates to Sartre: A History of Philosophy


V.                 Catalog Course Description:

A historical introduction to the major thinkers and dominant issues in the Western philosophical tradition from Descartes through Kant. The course includes discussions of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.Three hours, three credits.



VI.               Purpose


To give the Ferrum philosophy program an historical context


VII.             Instructional Methodology and Use of Technology


Lecture/Discussion format








VIII.           College-wide Outcomes



Students will demonstrate an integrated knowledge in the liberal arts

            Students will think critically and solve problems through analysis, evaluation, and inference


Students will communicate with unity of purpose and coherent organization consistent with standard rules and recognized conventions using appropriate methodologies


Students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge, capability and ethical reasoning in a chosen field.


Philosophy Program Outcomes


         Philosophy graduates will have a basic knowledge of the philosophical standpoints of the major thinkers in the history of philosophy including the following: Socrates, Plato, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzshe.

         Philosophy graduates will have a basic understanding of the essential positions, movements, and schools of thought in the history of philosophy including the following: realism, idealism, materialism, dualism, rationalism, empiricism, Marxism, analytical philosophy, phenomenology, and existential philosophy.

         Philosophy graduates will have a basic knowledge of the fundamental problems of metaphysics, and their potential solutions, including the following:  the ultimate nature of reality, the existence of God, the problem of universals, the nature of human existence, the mind/body problem, the freedom of the will, and death and immortality.

         Philosophy graduates will have a basic understanding of the fundamental problems of epistemology, and their potential solutions, including the following:  skepticism, the nature of knowledge, the nature of truth, the problem of induction, and the nature of science.

         Philosophy graduates will have a basic knowledge of logic including the following: the nature of argument, deduction and induction, validity and soundness, categorical logic, propositional logic, informal fallacies, tautology, contingency, and contradiction.

         Philosophy graduates will be a critical thinker who is able to formulate arguments and properly evaluate the arguments of others.


All of the following course goals will be assessed by five examinations.


Course goals


1.       Students will learn Descartesí philosophy

2.       Students will learn Spinozaís philosophy

3.       Students will learn Leibnizís philosophy

4.       Students will learn Lockeís philosophy

5.†††† Students will learn Berkeleyís philosophy

6.†††† Students will learn Humeís philosophy

7.†††† Students will learn Kantís philosophy

8.       Students will learn various arguments for God's existence

9.†††† Students will learn the mind/body problem


IX.                Course Requirements/Assignments


a.      Attendance


                                                  i.      Students are expected to attend every class

                                                ii.      Examinations, quizzes, and presentations are not optional.  Students must do them when they are scheduled unless the professor is contacted in advance, by e-mail, alerting him to the reason for missing the assignment.  Students should understand that only good reasons will be accepted, and that most reasons students offer for missing are not good ones.  Make-up assignments will be given only if these conditions are met.  If students miss pop-quizzes, there will be no make-ups.

                                              iii.      Illness is always a good reason for missing class, as well as tests.  Moreover, students with potentially contagious illnesses must not attend class.  If students come to class sneezing, coughing, snotting, or showing any signs of fever, they will have to leave.


b.      Assignments


i.                    Students will take an examination covering the continental rationalists.This exam will include synopses of each of Descartesís Meditations on First Philosophy.These will be take-home exams and will be averaged equally with the result of the in-class exam on the rationalists.Each of these will be due prior to the lecture covering the corresponding meditation, and will not be accepted after that.Failure to meet this requirement will result in an unconditional zero for that synopsis. [25%]

ii.                  Students will take an examination covering the British Empiricists.[25%]

iii.                Students will take a comprehensive final examination with emphasis on Kant [50%]


c.       Co-requirements


                                                  i.      Entering the room late is disruptive and rude.  Do not be late to class.  If students are late, they might not be allowed to enter class.

                                                ii.      Cell phones are also disruptive and will be seen as mechanisms for cheating.  Active texting or receiving text messages in class is prohibited.  Cell phones must be turned off and all headsets must be removed.  If students do not comply, they will have to leave class.

                                              iii.      Proper classroom attire is essential to a learning environment.  Do not wear underwear as outerwear, and do not wear pajamas to class.  If students do not comply, they will have to leave class.

                                               iv.      It is horribly rude to leave the room during class.  Students may not leave to go to the rest room, to drink, or to engage in any other non-emergent activity.  If students become aware of emergencies, they may leave without asking permission.  




X.                  Evaluation and Grading Evaluation Scale               A=90-100




F=Below 60


XI.                Academic Integrity:


In all instances, policies identified in the Ferrum College Catalog and the Ferrum College Student and Faculty Handbooks regarding the Honor System shall be followed.  Students are expected to display academic integrity at all times and in all circumstances.


XII.              Disability Services:


Office of Academic Accessibility (OAA):

As directed by Ferrum Collegeís policy, any student with a disability who qualifies for and seeks academic accommodations (such as testing or other services) must work through the Office for Academic Accessibility for accommodations.  The office is located Lower StanleyLibrary, Office 110 and the director may be reached by phone at 365-4262 or by email at . Please remember that accommodations cannot be granted retroactively; they must be requested in a timely manner prior to when the accommodation is needed.  Students who wish to use accommodations through OAA are encouraged to meet with the director during the first weeks of the semester to discuss the process, and are also invited to read the policy manual on for specific information.