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Introduction to Philosophy:

Philosophy 20
Sections 1-10

Professor William Blattner
Department of Philosophy

Office: 240 New North
Phone: (202) 687-4528

Last updated: 4/26/10


The third and final paper assignment is posted here.

I have added two webslides for the lecture on Tuesday, April 27th

Schedule changes due to the blizzards

Detailed Information for Spring, 2010

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Schedule Changes Due to the Blizzards


Lectures will be held T R, 9:15 - 10:05, in ICC Aud.

Paper Assignments

This semester all students in this course must write one short (1 page) argument analysis and three short short (5 pp.) argumentative papers. Papers must be submitted via The assignments are due as follows (subject to minor adjustments):

AssignmentDue Date% of Grade
In-class Short Answer Test Thurs., Feb. 4, in lecture 10%
First Paper Sun., Feb. 21, 1159 pm 25%
Second Paper Sun., Mar. 28, 1159 pm 30%
Third Paper Mon., May 10, 1159 pm 35%
Due dates in red have been changed due to the blizzards

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Teaching Assistants

Discussion sections are each led by a teaching assistant. Your teaching assistant is your primary contact for the course. The teaching Assistants for Spring 2010 are:

Discussion Sections

Discussion sections begin the second week of classes (Thursday, January 21st) and run through the last day of classes. Note: Monday sections do not meet on MLK Day (Jan. 18th), Presidents' Day (Feb. 15th), or Easter Monday (Apr. 5th). They do meet on the last day of classes, May 3rd. (Despite all this, there is only one fewer Monday section during the course of the semester.)

Attendance in discussion section is mandatory. Do not sign up for a section you cannot attend! Do not sign up for this course on the assumption that you can attend discussion at a different time than the one assigned to your section. Click here for missed discussion sections policy.

Section Time Room Section Leader
1 R 4:15 Walsh 494A Evans
2 R 4:15 Walsh 494B Blitzer
3 R 5:15 Walsh 494A Evans
4 F 11:15 Car Barn 303 McShane
5 F 9:15 Car Barn 306 McShane
6 R 6:15 Walsh 494A Blitzer
7 F 10:15 Car Barn 303 Fry
8 M 9:15 Healy 106 Hall
9 M 10:15 WAL 490 Hall
10 R 4:15 WAL 498 Fry


Texts (all required)


Handouts and Links:


  1. Information on how the raw scores on the quizzes are factored into your grade
  2. First paper assignment
  3. Second paper assignment


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