23 June 2005

Logic (PHIL 2311)

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Course Outline

Valid Argument Forms

Logic Dictionary

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) on the Value of Logic

Ambrose Bierce's Devilish Definition of "Logic"

Validity and Truth

Truth, Validity, and Soundness

Truth, Validity, and Soundness (Solutions)

Validity, Truth, Knowledge, and the Good Life

Exercises, Part I

Exercises, Part II

Aristotle's Logic (Organon)

Exercises, Categorical Logic

The Square of Opposition

Further Immediate Inferences

A Taxonomy of Arguments

The 24 Valid Standard-Form Categorical Syllogisms

Why Standard Form Matters

Refutation by Logical Analogy

Sample Examination Exercises

A Taxonomy of Propositions

Exercises, Propositional Logic

Logical Properties of Propositional Forms

Logical Relations Between (Among) Propositional Forms

How to Read the Logical Operators

Consistency and Truth

Truth Tables

Technical Validity

Rules of Inference, Propositional Logic

Basic Argument Forms

Proof Exercise

Peirce's Law

Propositions in Predicate Logic

Exercises, Predicate Logic (Final Version)

Quantification Rules

Logical Relations Between Logical Properties (Note: I will not test you on this handout; I post it only for those students who are interested in advanced work in logic.)

Logical Relations Between Logical Relations (Note: I will not test you on this handout; I post it only for those students who are interested in advanced work in logic.)

Exercises, Predicate Logic (Quantification Rules)

Laws of Distribution (LD) (Revised Version)

Exercises, Predicate Logic, Conditional Proof

Exercises, Predicate Logic, Indirect Proof

Ethics (PHIL 2312)


Reading List


Normative Ethical Theories

Cases for Discussion

How to Criticize (and Defend) a Normative Ethical Theory

Basic Argument Forms

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Theological Voluntarism: Objections and Replies

Aquinas on Law

Natural Law: Objections and Replies

Formulations of Utilitarianism

Act-Utilitarianism: Objections and Replies

Jeremy Bentham's Felicific Calculus

Classical Utilitarianism


Rule-Utilitarianism: Objections and Replies

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Conventionalism: Objections and Replies

Act-Egoism: Objections and Replies

Keith Burgess-Jackson, "Taking Egoism Seriously" (2013)

Ryan Wagoner, "Know Your Alcohol Limit," The Shorthorn, 6 March 2013

Keith Burgess-Jackson, "Psychological Egoism" (2013)

Keith Burgess-Jackson, "Ethical Egoism" (2013)

Kurt Baier, The Moral Point of View (1958) (Excerpt on Ethical Egoism)

Baier's Argument Against Ethical Egoism


Rule-Egoism: Objections and Replies

Kavka on Rule-Egoism

John F. Kennedy, Report to the American People on Civil Rights, 11 June 1963

First Formulation of the Categorical Imperative

Kant's Four Examples

Kantianism: Objections and Replies

Kant Lexicon

Immanuel Kant, "Duties Towards Animals and Spirits" (1963)

The Hobbesian Dilemma (Political Version)

The Hobbesian Dilemma (Moral Version)

Rawlsian Contractarianism: Objections and Replies

Ross's Prima Facie Duties

Rossian Pluralism: Objections and Replies

Normative Ethical Theories 1

Normative Ethical Theories 2


Sacrificial Dilemmas

Normative Ethical Theories (Moral Code)

Encyclopedia Entry:
Roger Crisp, "Ethics," Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Seminar in Research Methods and Philosophical Writing (PHIL 3307)


Readings and Assignments

Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 3316)

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Reading List

Requirements for Take-Home Examinations

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Checklist for Preparation of Briefs and Record Excerpts)

Locating Philosophical Essays Online Via the UTA Library

A Taxonomy of Religions

Anselm's Ontological Argument

Anselm's Ontological Argument (Diagram)

Arguments A Priori and A Posteriori

The Reductio ad Absurdum

Gaunilo's Criticism of Anselm's Ontological Argument

Refutation by Logical Analogy

Keith Burgess-Jackson, "Does Anselm Beg the Question?," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 76 (August 2014): 5-18

Aquinas's Third Way

Aquinas's Third Way (Diagram)

Aquinas's Third Way, Reconstructed

Summary of William Paley's Natural Theology (1802), Chapters I-III

Kordig's Argument

Mackie's Argument from Evil

The Problem of Free Will and Determinism (Optional Reading)

Rowe's Argument from Evil

First Take-Home Examination

Sample Page

Pascal's Wager

Second Take-Home Examination
Encyclopedia Entry:
Eleonore Stump, "Philosophy of Religion," Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism (2012)

Thomas Nagel, "The Fear of Religion," review of The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins, The New Republic 235 (23 October 2006): 25-9

Daniel C. Dennett, "The Bright Stuff" (2003)

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Pascal's Wager

Antony Duff, "Pascal's Wager and Infinite Utilities," Analysis 46 (March 1986): 107-9 (available through JSTOR)

Jeff Jordan, "Duff and the Wager," Analysis 51 (June 1991): 174-6 (available through JSTOR)

James Franklin, "Two Caricatures, I: Pascal's Wager," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 44 (October 1998): 109-14 (available through JSTOR)

Philip L. Quinn, "The Recent Revival of Divine Command Ethics," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 50 (autumn 1990): 345-65 (available through JSTOR)

Zoroastrianism in the News

William Kingdon Clifford (1845-1879)

William James (1842-1910)

Saint Anselm (1033-1109)

Ontological Arguments


Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Cosmological Argument

J. L. Mackie (1917-1981)

William Paley (1743-1805)

Teleological Arguments for God's Existence

Knowing the Universe in Detail

Moral Arguments for the Existence of God

Alvin Plantinga

The Epistemology of Religion

The Problem of Evil

John Hick


William L. Rowe

Antony Flew

Basil George Mitchell

Theology & Falsification: A Golden Jubilee Celebration

David Hume (1711-1776)


A Free-for-All on Science and Religion

Richard Swinburne


Religious Diversity (Pluralism)

Biomedical Ethics (PHIL 3319)


Reading List

Requirements for the Thesis-Defense Paper

Locating Philosophical Essays Online Via the UTA Library

A Taxonomy of Euthanasia

Robert D. McFadden, "Karen Ann Quinlan, 31, Dies; Focus of '76 Right to Die Case," The New York Times (12 June 1985)

Lecture Notes on James Rachels, "Active and Passive Euthanasia" (1975, 1997)

Note to my students, 3 February 2015: As I explained on the handout entitled "Requirements for the Thesis-Defense Paper," and as I repeated in class today, I don't want you to do any research (in fact, I want you not to do any research), in the sense of gathering data or seeing what others have written about your thesis. Please read (and take to heart) Section 5 of this handout by Yale University philosophy professor Shelly Kagan.

Exemplary Thesis-Defense Paper #1: Hugh LaFollette, "Licensing Parents," Philosophy & Public Affairs 9 (winter 1980): 182-97. Available through the UTA Library.

Exemplary Thesis-Defense Paper #2: Gary Bartlett, "An Argument Against Spanking," Public Affairs Quarterly 24 (January 2010): 65-77. Available through the UTA Library.

Jonathan Gruber, "Taxing Sin to Modify Behavior and Raise Revenue," Expert Voices, National Institute for Health Care Management (April 2010)

Anti-Abortion and Pro-Choice Arguments

Lecture Notes on Don Marquis, "Why Abortion Is Immoral" (1989)

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The Duty to Die

Nathan I. Klinge, "The Rod of Asclepius" (2008)

In re Quinlan, 70 N.J. 10, 355 A.2d 647 (1976)

Roger Collier, "American Medical Association Membership Woes Continue" (2011)

William Neuman, "Citing Hazard, New York Says Hold the Salt" (2010)


Group Appointments with Doctors

John Hardwig, "Going to Meet Death: The Art of Dying in the Early Part of the Twenty-First Century," The Hastings Center Report 39 (July-August 2009): 37-45

David A. Asch, Ralph W. Muller, and Kevin G. Volpp, "Conflicts and Compromises in Not Hiring Smokers," The New England Journal of Medicine 368 (11 April 2013): 1371-3

Jonathan V. Last, "America's Baby Bust," The Wall Street Journal (12 February 2013)

Philosophy of Law (PHIL 3320)

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Reading List

Requirements for Take-Home Examinations

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Checklist for Preparation of Briefs and Record Excerpts)

Lecture Notes on Kerr, "How to Read a Legal Opinion"

Paul Butler, "Jurors Need to Know That They Can Say No," The New York Times (20 December 2011)

Steven M. Wise's Argument for Abolition of the Factory-Farm System

Warrick, "They Die Piece by Piece" (2001)

Retributivism 1

Retributivism 2

The Logic of Torture

Posner and Vermeule on Coercive Interrogation

First Take-Home Examination (of Two)

Hernandez v. Robles (2006) (Flowchart)

Texas Penal Code

George Sher's Argument Against the Decriminalization of Narcotics

Eighth-Amendment Cases

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Second Take-Home Examination (of Two)
Encyclopedia Entries:
Beverley Brown and Neil MacCormick, "Philosophy of Law," Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Kenneth Einar Himma, "Philosophy of Law," The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Orin S. Kerr

Lon L. Fuller (1902-1978)

Steven M. Wise

Bonnie Steinbock

Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer

Michael Bayles

Sanford Levinson

Henry Shue

Richard H. Weisberg

Eric Posner

Adrian Vermeule

Robert E. Goodin

Martha Nussbaum

Joel Feinberg (Obituary)

Joel Feinberg (Encyclopedia Entry by Keith Burgess-Jackson)

Douglas Husak

George Sher

Sue Russell, "Animal Research's Changing Equation" (19 December 2011)

Sue Russell, "Should Animals Be Considered People?" (20 December 2011)

Sue Russell, "Five Orcas, Five Slaves or Five Persons?" (2 February 2012)

Michael Todd, "'Orcas as Slaves' Argument Sinks" (9 February 2012)

Melody McDonald, "Chronic Drunken Drivers Leave a Trail of Tragedy on Texas Roads" (12 April 2010)

Cigarette Health Warnings, United States Food and Drug Administration

UTA, Clearing the Air on Campus

H. L. A. Hart (1907-1992)

Ronald Dworkin (b. 1931)

Antonin Scalia (b. 1936)

Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968)

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Arthur Ripstein

Gerald Dworkin

Timeline of the War on Terror

Torture Memo

Waldron v. Yoo

Richard A. Posner, "The Supreme Court, 2004 Term—Foreword: A Political Court," Harvard Law Review 119 (November 2005): 31-102

Legal Information Institute (to have Supreme Court syllabi e-mailed to you as they are released, click on "liibulletin" on the left of the site and subscribe to the service)

Robert P. George, "What Is Law? A Century of Arguments," First Things 112 (April 2001): 23-9

Keith Burgess-Jackson, "Teaching Legal Theory with Venn Diagrams," Metaphilosophy 29 (July 1998): 159-77

Frederick Schauer, "(Re)taking Hart," review of A Life of H. L. A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream, by Nicola Lacey, Harvard Law Review 119 (January 2006): 852-83

John Rawls et al., "Assisted Suicide: The Philosophers' Brief," The New York Review of Books 44 (27 March 1997)

Washington v. Glucksberg, 117 S.Ct. 2258 (1997)

Rumsfeld v. FAIR, 547 U.S. ___ (2006)

Keith Burgess-Jackson, "Our Millian Constitution: The Supreme Court's Repudiation of Immorality as a Ground of Criminal Punishment," Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 18 (2004): 407-17

Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003)

Gratz v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 244 (2003)

Mark Tushnet, "Survey Article: Critical Legal Theory (Without Modifiers) in the United States," The Journal of Political Philosophy 13 (March 2005): 99-112

Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL 3330)

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Reading List

Requirements for Take-Home Examinations

Grading Systems

Economic Justice

John Hospers (1918-2011), Obituary, The Guardian (London)

Recommended Reading: David Miller, "Distributive Justice: What the People Think," Ethics 102 (April 1992): 555-93. Available via UTA Library (JSTOR).

Excerpts from David Miller

Hilary Putnam on Respectful Contempt

Robert Nozick (1938-2002), Obituary, Harvard Gazette

Edward Feser, "Robert Nozick (1938-2002)," Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Robert Nozick, "Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?" (1986)

First Take-Home Examination

John Rawls

Rawls's Two Principles of Justice

Model Essay (Libertarianism)

Model Essay (Radical Egalitarianism)

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Checklist for Preparation of Briefs and Record Excerpts)

Bad Grammar, Sexism, and Clumsiness

Rawlsian Primary Goods

Second Take-Home Examination

Smart, "Distributive Justice and Utilitarianism" (1978)

Burgess-Jackson, "Smart, John Jamieson Carswell (1920-2012)" (2013)

Rawls References

Third Take-Home Examination

Rawls on Procedural Justice: A Flowchart

William Voegeli, "Not Leveling with Us," Claremont Review of Books 12 (summer 2012): 23-30

Normative Ethical Theories 1

Normative Ethical Theories 2

Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (2005)

See here for the official PBS website.
Encyclopedia Entries:
David Miller, "Political Philosophy," Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Alex Moseley, "Political Philosophy," The Internet Enyclopedia of Philosophy

Julian Lamont, "Distributive Justice," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Owen McLeod, "Desert," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Moral and Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes (PHIL 6389)

Required Books:
A. P. Martinich, Hobbes: A Biography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, rev. student ed., ed. Richard Tuck, Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought, ed. Raymond Geuss and Quentin Skinner (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996) (Note: There are many editions of Leviathan, which was first published in 1651. You must purchase this edition, because I will be referring to it by page throughout the semester. If you have a different edition, you will not be able to follow the discussion.)

Gregory S. Kavka, Hobbesian Moral and Political Theory, Studies in Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy, ed. Marshall Cohen (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986)
A. P. Martinich

Richard Tuck

Gregory S. Kavka
Popular References to Hobbes:
A. O. Scott