PHIL 241 Social and Political Philosophy I
Section : 8
2010-2011 Fall
Name of Lecturer : Asst. Prof. Istvan Albert Aranyosi
E-mail address : aranyosi@bilkent.edu.tr
Ext. : 2528
Office : 114B
Office Hours & Location : Mondays 10:40 to 12:30

Assessment Methods
Assessment Method(%) Contribution to Final GradeDate Week
Homework25 0
Midterm:Essay/written25 0
Oral presentation20 0
Final:Essay/written30 0

Minimum Requirements to Qualify for the Final Exam
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Readings
1
Required Textbook
Year/Edition: 2002
Title: Five Dialogues (Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo)
Author(s): Plato (translated by G.M.A. Grube,)
Publisher: Hackett
2
Required Textbook
Year/Edition: 1992
Title: The Republic
Author(s): Plato (translated by G.M.A. Grube,)
Publisher: Hackett
3
Required Textbook
Year/Edition: 1998
Title: Nicomachean Ethics
Author(s): Aristotle (translated and introduced by D. Ross)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
4
Required Textbook
Year/Edition: 2002
Title: Political Writings
Author(s): Aquinas (edited and translated by R.W. Dyson)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
5
Required Textbook
Year/Edition: 1994
Title: Selected Political Writings
Author(s): Machiavelli
Publisher: Hackett


Type of Course
Lecture ---- Seminar ---- Tutorial ----


Teaching Methods
Lecture ---- Presentations ---- Seminar

Course Materials
Multimedia ---- Written ---- PC


Course Contents
Week : 1
Introduction to: philosophy in general, political philosophy, the content of the course.

Week : 2
Plato, Dialogues: Euthyphro

Additional Information: Homework 1
Week : 3
Plato, Dialogues: Apology and Crito

Additional Information: Homework 2
Week : 4
Plato, Republic: p5/ 331c - p11/ 335e p14/ 338c - p 31/ 354c p33/ 357a - p51/ 376c

Additional Information: Homework 3
Week : 5
Plato, Republic: p146/ 471c - p156/ 480 p157/484 - 176/ 502c p 180/507a - 185/511e

Additional Information: Homework 4
Week : 6
1-hour discussion and review of potential exam questions and procedures. 2-hour open book exam. Description of the exam: think of it as writing a 700-1000 word essay in two hours with all the required texts available. I will ask students to look at some passage from the Dialogues or The Republic and try to explain what the argument/ debate is about and to analyze the solutions that are proposed, formalize the arguments (putting them into the form of premises and conclusion) and to critically asses the way the characters are arguing. I will show you a model before the exam. The product of your writtren exam will constitute the first draft for a 1500-2000 word essay, your first term essay.

Week : 7
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Book I (pp. 1 - 27).

Week : 8
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Book X (pp. 245 - 276).

Additional Information: Submit final version of midterm essay.
Week : 9
Machiavelli, The Prince: pp. 5-30

Additional Information: Homework 5
Week : 10
Machiavelli, The Prince: pp. 31 - 37, 47 - 76.

Additional Information: Homework 6
Week : 11
Machiavelli, The Discourses Book 1, chapters 5, 7, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18.

Additional Information: Homework 7
Week : 12
Machiavelli, The Discourses, Book 3, chapters 1, 3, 7, 8.

Additional Information: Homework 8
Week : 13
Student presentations of final essay ideas, class discussion, feedback. + Aquinas

Additional Information: Bring outline of final essay.
Week : 14
Student presentations of final essay ideas, class discussion, feedback. + Aquinas.

Additional Information: Bring outline of final essay.
Week : 15
Final Exams : 03.01.2011 - 13.01.2011