Please note the assignment schedule:
Tuesday, October 21 - (At home) Listen to 110 Augustine's Confessions and 111 Augustine on Language before class begins on Tuesday.
(In class) Please read through Oregon State's page on Augustine (please note their are multiple pages). After reading through this site, you and your group will be assigned to create a Bio Cube Box or a Piktochart on St. Augustine of Hippo.
Wednesday, October 22 - (At home) Listen to 112 Augustine on Freedom and 113 Augustine City of God before class begins on Wednesday. As you are listening, please answer the following questions:
1. According to St. Augustine, do we exercise free will?
2. According to St. Augustine, what can all sin be attributed to?
3. According to St. Augustine, if the power of free will is what allows us to sin, why did God give us free will in the first place? Was this a mistake on God's part?
4. What argument is the City of God intended to defeat? Explain.
5. According to Augustine, why was the Romans' pursuit of glory above all else erroneous?
6. What criticisms of Hellenistic philosophy did St. Augustine hold?
(In class) Today, we will ready excerpts from St. Augustine's "City of God." You will be divided into Literature Circles and assigned a given role to facilitate a group discussion on this text.
Reporter- Your job is to identify and report on the key points of the reading assignment. Make a list or write a summary that develops the setting, plot, and characters in this excerpt. Consider the significance of the text, major events that occur, and shifts in the setting or the mood that seem significant. Share your report at the beginning of the group meeting to help your group focus on the key ideas presented in the reading. Like that of a newspaper reporter, your report must be concise, yet thorough.
Artist- Your job is to create an illustration related to the reading. It can be a sketch, cartoon, diagram, flow chart, or other depiction. You can choose to illustrate a scene, an idea, a symbol, or a character. Show your illustration to the group without any explanation. Ask each group member to respond, either by making a comment or asking a question. After everyone has responded, you may explain your illustration and answer any questions that have not been answered.
Bridge builder- Your job is to build bridges between the events of the text and other people, places, or events related to philosophers . Look for connections between the text, yourself, other texts, and the world. Also, make connections between what has happened before and what might happen as the narrative continues. Look for the characters’ internal and external conflicts and the ways that these conflicts influence their actions.
Discussion Director- Your job is to develop a list of questions you think your group should discuss about the assigned section of the book. Use your knowledge of levels of questions to create thought-provoking literal, interpretive, and universal questions. Try to create questions that encourage your group to consider many ideas. Help your group explore these important ideas and share their reactions. You will be in charge of leading the day’s discussion.
Thursday, October 23 - Listen to 114 Sarah Byer's on Augustine's Ethics and 115 Augustine on Mind and Memory. As you are listening places answer the following questions:
1. How did Augustine morally draw on the Stoics? Explain.
2. How did Augustine morally diverge from the Stoics? Explain.
3. Two people listen to the same religious sermon. One person is moved by the sermon, however, the other is not. How would Augustine explain this difference?
4. "Cogito ergo sum." Explain the significance of this statement. Who is famous for having put forth this line? How can we relate Augustine to this statement?
5. What are Augustine's beliefs on the soul? Explain.
6. According to Augustine, how are the mind and memory related? Explain.
Monday, October 27 - Lecture 1 on EDX due (MITx: 24.00x Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge and Consciousness). Please note that there are 5 parts of lecture 1. You only need to answer one discussion question for this lecture; you need to watch all of the videos and answer the multiple choice questions, though.
Tuesday, October 28 - DBQ essay on "How did Man's View of Man Change During the Renaissance?" You can find the DBQ and rubric below.
Monday, November 3 - Lecture 2 on EDX due (MITx: 24.00x Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge and Consciousness). Please note that there are 5 parts of lecture 1. You only need to answer one discussion question for this lecture; you need to watch all of the videos and answer the multiple choice questions, though.
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