Martin A. Rice

Martin A. Rice, The Philosophy Of Religion, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course includes a critical examination of the rationality of faith in the existence of God. Traditional arguments both for and against the existence of God are considered, along with pragmatic justifications of faith based on its beneficial consequences.

Required Texts:

Brody, Readings in the Philosophy of Religion: An Analytic Approach

Clouser, Knowing with the Heart.

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Martin A. Rice, Minds and Machines, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This introductory level course is devoted to explicating and critically evaluating the thesis that the human mind, or at least its cognitive faculty, can be understood as a computing machine. Readings are primarily from contemporary authors, and include both scientists and philosophers.

Required Texts:

Minds, Brains and Science, Author: Searle, Publisher: Harvard U Press
Mind: An Introduction, Author: Searle, Publisher: Oxford U Press, Edition: MMIV
The Philosophy of Mind, Author: Smith, Publisher: Cambridge U Press
The Myth of Religious Neutrality, Author: Clouser, Publisher: U of Notre Dame

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Martin A. Rice, Introduction to Philosophy of Science, Spring 2015

Course Description:

This is an advanced undergraduate survey of the major problem areas in the philosophy of science. Topics vary somewhat, but generally include many of the following: the nature of explanation, the problem of induction and confirmation, concept formation, scientific methodology, verifiability and falsifiability, the observation theory distinction, scientific realism, law-like form, and theory change.

Required Texts:

Introductory Readings in the Philosophy of Science: Klemke, Hollinger, Rudge
Hawking: A Brief History of Time
Hawking & Mlodinow: The Grand Design

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Martin A. Rice, Epistemology, Spring 2015

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This course will focus on philosophical theories that attempt to answer the questions “What is knowledge?” and “How does one get knowledge?” It will examine how claims to know are justified and if such claims are even possible within both scientific and nonscientific contexts. Students will look at the attempts of classical and modern authors to offer analyses and justification of human knowledge over and against the claims of skepticism.

Required Texts:

Plato, Theatetus; edited by Myles Burnyeat, published by Hackett
Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Berkeley, A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
Roy Clouser, Knowing with the Heart
Steup, Contemporary Epistemology

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Martin A. Rice, Introduction to Philosophical Problems, Spring 2015

Course Description

An introduction to some classical problems of philosophy. Topics vary, but might include skepticism, free will, the existence of God, and the justification of ethical beliefs.

Required Texts:

Ultimate Questions: Thinking about Philosophy, 3rd ed. (UQ)
Readings on the Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy, 3rd ed. (RUQ) by Nils Ch. Rauhut

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Martin A. Rice, Paradox, Fall 2014

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Beginning with Zeno's famous "proof" of the non-existence of motion, this course investigates the classic paradoxes that have plagued science and mathematics since the beginning of philosophy in ancient Greece down to the paradoxes of infinity and cosmology of the present day.

Required Texts:

-Paradoxes by R.M. Sainsbury
-Paradoxes by Nicohlas Rescher

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Martin A. Rice, Utilitarianism, Fall 2014

Course Description

This course examines Utilitarianism through critical readings of Harris and Mill, and compares historical and newer views of the concept.

Required Texts:

-Hackett editoin of J.S. Mill’s Utilitarianism edited by George Sher
-The Moral Landscape, by Sam Harris.
-The Free Press Methods of Ethics, by Henry Sidgwick. Seventh Edition by MacMillan & Co.

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Martin A. Rice, Introduction to Ethics, Fall 2014

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An examination of philosophical theories concerning good and evil, right and wrong, and virtue and vice, and their implications for some specific moral issues.

Required Texts:

-Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals(translated by H.J. Paton).
-J.S. Mill, Utilitarianism(edited by George Sher).
-Ethics "Fake Book" by the instructor

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Martin A. Rice, Symbolic Logic, Spring 2011

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This advanced undergraduate course develops skills in formal and informal reasoning in predicate-quantifier logic and covers formal semantics for sentential logic, informal semantics for predicate-quantifier logic, and elementary syntactic metatheory. Prerequisite: MATH 0001 or 0031.

Required Texts:

-Lemmon, Beginning Logic, Hackett.
-Schumm, A Teaching Companion to Lemmon's Logic, Hackett.

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Martin A. Rice, History of Ancient Philosophy, Spring 2011

Course Description

The aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the main achievements and leading ideas of ancient Greek philosophy up to classical times. Emphasis will be on understanding and evaluating the arguments and ideas of the Greek philosophical tradition.

Required Texts:

-Barnes, Early Greek Philosophy.
-Grube, trans., Plato: Five Dialogues.
-Ackrill, ed., A New Aristotle Reader.
-Bloom, trans., The Republic of Plato.

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