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2022 Spring

ANGLO - AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY - PHI322/PHI522 Spring 2022


Course
Janusz Salamon
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Lessons

Here is the course outline:

1. Syllabus - ANGLO-AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY - Fall 2020

Jan 9

To download the Syllabus, please, go to section RESOURCES

2. LESSON 02 - American Individualism: The European sources of the American mind

Feb 12

We will address the question of the sources of the well-attested American tendency towards the individualistic conceptions of the society which - as it turns out - is rooted deeply in the European Renaissance and Reformation. SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

3. LESSON 03 - It's the property, stupid: The European sources of the American mind

Feb 15

We will explore the historical context of the evolution of the uniquely American conception of property as a defining feature of the American worldview that explains the American aversion to the European "socialism". SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

4. LESSON 04 - The American Dream: The European sources of the American mind

Feb 19

We will explore the philosophical background of the American mythology, starting with the "American dream" and the "City on a Hill". SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

5. LESSON 05 - The Anglo-American conceptions of freedom and equality

Feb 26

We will compare and contrast the Anglo-American libertarian conception of freedom and equality (with its roots in the classical liberalism of J. Locke) with the Continental European conception of the "positive freedom" (developed by J. J. Rousseau and I. Kant). SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

6. LESSION 06 - The Anglo-American discovery of religious toleration

Mar 5

After millennia of imposed religious homogeneity and religious conflict, Locke’s “Letters on Toleration” and the idea of the separation of Church and State by Roger Williams, the founder of the state of Rhode Island, introduced humanity to a new model of coexistence of diverse religious communities. SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

7. LESSON 07 - The sources of the Anglo-American Pragmatism: From Duns Scotus to Thomas Hobbes

Mar 12

Pragmatism, both in the ordinary sense of the word and in the philosophical sense, is among the most characteristic features of the Anglo-American tradition, hence we will explore its various examples as well as roots. SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

8. LESSON 08 - The sources of the Anglo-American Pragmatism: From John Locke to David Hume

Mar 19

Pragmatism, both in the ordinary sense of the word and in the philosophical sense, is among the most characteristic features of the Anglo-American tradition, hence we will explore its various examples as well as roots. SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

9. LESSON 09 - The sources of the Anglo-American Pragmatism: C. S. Peirce and W. James

Mar 22

Pragmatism, both in the ordinary sense of the word and in the philosophical sense, is among the most characteristic features of the Anglo-American tradition, hence we will explore its various examples as well as roots. SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

10. LESSON 10 - The sources of the Anglo-American Pragmatism: From J. Dewey to R. Rorty

Mar 26

Pragmatism, both in the ordinary sense of the word and in the philosophical sense, is among the most characteristic features of the Anglo-American tradition, hence we will explore its various examples as well as roots. SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

11. LESSON 11 - The Anglo-American Romanticism: Shaftesbury, Carlyle, Coleridge

Apr 9

Like in polyphonic music, so also in the Anglo-American intellectual tradition the Pragmatic tendency is accompanied by a distinctly different counterpoint in the form of Romanticism, in its various strands, represented not only by poets, but also thinkers. SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

12. LESSON 12 - The Anglo-American Romanticism: Emerson and Thoreau

Apr 16

Like in polyphonic music, so also in the Anglo-American intellectual tradition the Pragmatic tendency is accompanied by a distinctly different counterpoint in the form of Romanticism, in its various strands, represented not only by poets but also by the leading thinkers. SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

13. LESSON 13 - Topic: Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy: Conflict Between Religious and Secular...

Apr 23

Both the British and the American intellectual scene has been - at least since the late 1770s - occupied both by the adherents of the mainstream Christian worldview and by proponents of unorthodox or entirely secular worldviews. We will explore how this tension plays itself out in contemporary Anglo-American philosophy. SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

14. LESSON 14 - Philosophy of Mind and Consciouness in the contemporary Anglo-American philosophy

Apr 30

One of the expressions of the deep divide between the Anglo-American and Continental European philosophical traditions that crystalised in the course of the 20th C was the growing concentration of the former on the question of mind and consciousness. We will ask what explains this tendency. SEE class READING in section RESOURCES & class ASSIGNMENT in section ASSIGNMENTS.

15. FINAL ESSAY DUE

Apr 30

Deadline: 15 December (12am)

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