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at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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PHIL 111/6.0 - Great Works of Philosophy

Instructor: Dr. Eric B. Litwack

Course Description

Welcome to PHIL 111. In this course, we will be examining a broad range of philosophical problems, using some classic works as a springboard. This is an introduction to Western philosophy, and we will attempt to clarify some of its most important arguments and concepts. The historical and cultural background to a number of these issues and authors will be touched upon, in keeping with the BISC’s European studies program.

Expected Learning Outcomes

This course will help you to not only acquire a sound background in the history and problems of philosophy, but some grasp of the history of key general ideas as well. It will help to strengthen your reading and debating skills and provide you with the tools for understanding important conceptual debates. Expect intense discussions and real controversy.

Field Studies

Fall Term field studies will be to the Science Museum, and to the Imperial War Museum’s Holocaust and Crimes against Humanity exhibits. Both are in London.

Winter Term field studies will be to a Cold War bomb shelter in Essex, Kelvedon Hatch, and to the V&A Museum in London.

Primary Research Expectations

You will be expected to focus on our assigned primary sources for your research in this course, but you may make secondary use of outside sources as well. Field studies will provide a rich opportunity for artifactual reflection.


Term I Evaluation:

  • Fall Field Study Assignments (250 words each - due in class on second class after the field study): 2x2.5%=5%
  • Fall Essay (500 words - due second class of Week Six, in class): 10%
  • December Examination: 20%
  • Fall Class Participation: 5%

Term II Evaluation

  • Winter Essay (750-1000 words - due in class on the second class of Week Six): 15%
  • Winter Field Study Assignment(s) (250 words each due in class on second class after the field study): 2x5%=10%
  • Course Final Examination: 30%
  • Winter Class Participation: 5%