Exam 3 is today (5/4) through Wednesday (5/6)

Exam #3 will be available on Blackboard from 10am TODAY (Monday 5/4) until 5pm Wednesday 5/6; as usual, you only have 60 minutes to complete it from the time you begin. You may use your notes, but copying otherwise using material from outside sources not permissible. You cannot consult with others about the exam during the time it is being given. There are 3 10-point short answer questions; answers to these should be about 3 sentences each. There are 23 multiple-choice questions, and they count 3 points each.

Topics for paper #2

The first topics for writing assignment #2 version a (due date TBA, near the end of the semester) are now posted on the Paper topics page.

Remember, as announced in class: Originally planned paper #2 and #3 (of which you would have done one) have now been folded into one assignment, due near the end of the semester. More topics will be added as we go along.

A few more updates

Here are few more transition-to-online updates:

  • There’s a test quiz available on Blackboard now. Do it for one Thought-of-the-week worth of credit; but also to make sure all that is working for you. Due by noon Tuesday 3/24.
  • Please read the page “Using Zoom” linked above and to the right.
  • I’m hoping to do our exam #2 sometime during the week of 3/30-4/3; just warning you.
  • I will be available for discussion and questions via my Zoom “office” during our scheduled class hour (10:25-11:20) this coming Monday 3/23.

Moving forward in this course after spring break

I hate Blackboard. But we’ll be using it to move forward in our course. I expect that our remaining exams will be given as time-limited tests on Blackboard, and I may make some use of the discussion board function. Maybe even some other parts of it. Bear with me as we make this transition.

I will also schedule online real-time streaming sessions for questions and discussions, likely in some of the original class times (MWF 10:25-11:20), and using Zoom.

The lecture materials will continue to be posted on the “Overheads” page at profron.net/phi315/overheads. Those now include the notes, video, and audio from class meeting 22 (from Fri 3/13). I’ll add to them as we go along.

I will continue to use the regular course web page here at profron.net/phi315 as the primary resource for the course — keep watching here, getting announcements here, and the like.

More details as I figure them out. Stay tuned, and stay safe.

First online lecture

Our first online lecture “22: Positivism 3”, for Friday 3/13 has now been posted to the Notes page. There are the usual notes, a full (MP3) audio file of the lecture, and videos of the narrated Powerpoint for those who prefer that. The content of the audio+notes and the videos are identical; use whichever works for you.

Moving course delivery online

As you’ve heard from President Rodriguez, “in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, effective March 23, 2020, all University at Albany courses will be delivered remotely until further notice.” And as announced in class, we will start with online delivery of class content this Friday — the lecture for Friday 3/13 will be posted as an online video or videos, available by Saturday 3/14. We won’t be meeting in the week after spring break. More details about lectures, exams, and online office hours will be posted as they emerge. The requirements as given on the syllabus may also be revised, as in-class exams are not a possibility, at least for now.

I hope we can all work together to finish out the semester in a way that provides as much continuity of course content as is possible under these somewhat extreme circumstances.

PHI 315, “20th Century Philosophy”

This is the home page for Philosophy 315, 20th-Century Philosophy, to be taught by Prof. Ron McClamrock of the University at Albany Department of Philosophy in the Spring semester of 2020.

A preliminary syllabus for the course is here. I expect some minor changes in readings and the like, but not in the course requirments.

Course Description: A survey of the history of Western philosophy during the 20th century. The course will start with the beginnings of the linguistic turn in Anglo-American philosophy; follow its development into the analytic philosophy that dominated the middle of the 20th century; examine commonalities and contrasts between this analytic movement and the largely phenomenological tradition that developed in Europe during the same period; and explore some of the changes in philosophical outlook that came with the latter-20th-century turn away from analyticity. Topics will include meaning and its analysis, the separation of the philosophical and the empirical sciences, the divide between the analytic and phenomenological movements, and the emergence of contemporary philosophy of language, science, and mind.

If you have questions please e-mail me at rmcclamrock at albany dot edu.