Natural Philosophy Summer Assignment Part I Concepts Ideas People


Summer Assignment Part II

Read the two books below which should introduce you to some philosophers and their ideas as perceived by the authors (obviously short on Eastern philosophies):
A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russel, Touchstone
The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant, Simon and Schuster

If you have time, also read

The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, Edited by Ivanhoe and Norden
Various Readings in Eastern Philosophies Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. [I need some titles here]
I am also considering various readings on Nature Worshiping, Paganism, Shamanism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam as relate to our topics.

I believe all of Nietzsche's works are available in Barnes & Noble's editions, and in digital format.  They are definitely worth reading and we will try to read all four listed below (very likely in this order):
On the Genealogy of Morals by Nietzsche
Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche
The Gay Science by Nietzsche
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche (this is a very complicated read; you need to read the previous three to be able to really understand this one)


Whenever you have the opportunity, read various articles from the Times, Scientific American, Science related to the topics listed in the program of study.
Here is a list of concepts, ideas, and people.  Please research them, and get ready to give a short presentation on each one and to discuss it.
Agnosticism Atheism Buddha Capitalism Chinese legalism Christianity Communism Consciousness Confucianism Creation Creationism Daoism Determinism Existentialism Evolution Free Will Greek Mythology Hinduism Humanitarianism Hypothesis Idea Imperialism Intelligent Design Islam Jainism Judaism Law Monarchism Natural Philosophy Pacifism Paganism Philosophy Pluralism Roman Mythology Science Scientific Law Scientology Self-awareness Shamanism Siddhartha Tanri Taoism Tengriism Theory Ubuntu Walkabout Zoroastrianism etc.  More to come.
Visit MIT OCW Philosophy  We will start our Independent Study by following MIT Problems in Philosophy:
Read the first few lecture notes of 24-00 Problems in Philosophy and get ready to discuss them during the second week of classes.
In the meantime, look for and share with me and with your peers any interesting article or topic you may come across. Start following  On the Media, Fresh Air, WireTap, Being (used to be called Speaking of Faith), etc. on your local public radio stations  the opinion pages of the NY Times and/or any other newspaper The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Fox News, South Park, … or any controversial radio, TV program etc.
We will use these programs as discussion/conversation starters.