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An Introduction to Philosophy. Dr. Elizabeth Shadish Online section 4884. Orientation Session. Roster/Adding and Dropping If space permits, I will add at the end of the session today. Review of Basic Course Information Comments/Questions about Course Content

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An introduction to philosophy

An Introduction to Philosophy

Dr. Elizabeth Shadish

Online section 4884


Orientation session

Orientation Session

  • Roster/Adding and Dropping

    • If space permits, I will add at the end of the session today.

  • Review of Basic Course Information

  • Comments/Questions about Course Content

  • Demonstration of Class Website Features


While the roster is called

While the Roster is Called…

  • Your Orientation Quiz will cover the course policies, syllabus and today’s orientation information.

  • As an online class, it is essential that you stay in contact with both myself and your classmates.

    • Plan to “check in” frequently and regularly.

    • Talk to each other!


Using the syllabus

Using the Syllabus


Assignments and grading

Assignments and Grading

  • Orientation Quiz – from course policies, orientation session, syllabus and course description; in the Quizzes and Tests area of our course

  • Introductions – in the Discussion area of the course

  • Tests – MC/TF/Short Answer tests in the Quizzes and Tests area of our course


Service learning assignment

Service Learning Assignment

  • 6 hour community service commitment

  • Discussions and a paper

  • Connection of philosophical concepts to your service experience


Course policies

Course Policies


Course content

Course Content

The love of (philo) wisdom (sophia)

“Philosophy begins in wonder” - Aristotle

If we’re free, why do we do what we don’t want to do?

If we all have our own values, why does every society agree that wanton murder is wrong?


Some useful philosophical attitudes

Some Useful Philosophical Attitudes

  • Open-mindedness

  • Critical thinking

  • A willingness to question …


Methods of philosophy

Methods of Philosophy

Issues of meaning

Definitions, clarification, understanding

  • Issues of truth

    • Support, evidence, application of principles

  • Issues of logic

    • Assumptions, implications


Your resources

Your Resources

  • You will have plenty of help – but you must use it!

    • Basic course material, of course!

    • Each other

    • Professor Accessibility

      • [email protected]

      • SOCS 213B – TTh, 8:30 – 9:30 am and T, 3:25 – 4:25 pm on campus; W and Th, 4 – 5 pm online (chat and email)

  • Text Website http://www.thomsonedu.com/


Online registration

Online Registration

  • Those who have registered prior to the start of the semester are already “registered” to Blackboard.

  • Those who are adding the course tonight or after will be registered to both this course and the course website within days of adding the course.


Online registration1

Online Registration

  • http://blackboard.cvc.edu

    • Guidance-rich entry to the course

  • http://cvc.blackboard.com

    • Simplified entry to the course

Let’s go! See you in class.


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