Current “walkaway” course grades

You can now see your current “walkaway” course grade on the Grades page. These are the grades you get if you walk away and do nothing else in this class — no more exams or clickers. These are not estimates of your final grades; I hope and assume that in general you’ll continue to take exams and do clickers, and so your final grade should be significantly higher than your current walkaway grade. I’ll be happy to answer “what if” questions about grades in person during office hours, but not by email.

Exam 1, review sheet & session

Exam 1, as noted in class, will be given on Monday 2/11. The review sheet is now on the Exams page, and the review session is now scheduled for Sunday 2/10 from 7-8pm in LC-21.

UPDATE: (@12:45pm Fri 2/8) Version 2 (the final version) of the review sheet is now available in the same place, with minor additions to the bottom of the outline.

Day 1 overheads up

The notes from today (Wed 1/23) are up on the Overheads page. You’ll need the password from class.

I won’t normally make a front page post when I put up notes; just this time because it’s the first day.

Welcome to “The Mind & the World”

This the home page for Prof. Ron McClamrock’s Philosophy 111, The Mind and the World, to be taught in the Spring semester of 2019.

A preliminary course syllabus is available from the link above or to the left.

Here’s a brief course description:

A survey and critical examination of topics in contemporary philosophy, focusing largely on the relationship between the human mind and the natural world. Topics will include skepticism about knowledge of the external world, the relationship between the mind and the brain, the possibility of the mind causing free actions, and the existence or non-existence of God. Grade will be based on a combination of in-class exams (80%) and in-class quizzes and polls (20%, using the iClicker).


Note: You’ll need an iClicker (which you can get from the bookstore), and it will need to be registered. Here are some instructions on Registering your iClicker at