Analytic Philosophy

Spring 2012

Dr. H. E. Baber


Learning outcomes:    Students will be able to give an account of the main problems
in central areas of philosophy considered in the analytic tradition,
to understand the fundamental concepts that figure in the discussion of these problems, and to assess arguments critically and formulate their own arguments.

Office                        Founders 165c

Telephone               USD: Extension 2749 (IÕm bad at picking up messages from this phone.)
Cellphone: (619) 805-6838 (Better. Text if I donÕt answer)


Class Website 

Message Board            Term papers will be submitted through instructions for submission to be provided

Office Hours             TueThu 12:15 – 2:15; Wed 1:15 – 2:15; and by appointment.

Class Meetings          TueThu               2:30 – 3:50 pm            Serra 312

Readings                  All readings, handouts and powerpoints are linked to the class website.

Grade                       Your grade for the semester will be based upon two tests and a term paper. In addition, you must submit a written proposal for your term paper to be discussed in class and  approved by your instructor.

                                 Test I                  Thu Mar 15                 30% of final grade

                                 Test II                 Thu May 3                  30% of final grade

                                 Proposal              due Tue Apr 26                       must be approved

                                 Presentations       May 8, May 10                        required

                                 Term Paper         due Tue May 22          40% of final grade


USD subscribes to, a web-based application that compares the content of submitted papers to the database and checks for textual similarities. All required papers for this course will be subject to submission to for textual similarity review and to verify originality. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting textual similarities and verifying originality. Each student is responsible for submitting his or her papers in such a way that no identifying information about the student is included. A student may not have anyone else submit papers on the studentÕs behalf to A student may request in writing that his or her papers not be submitted to However, if a student chooses this option, the student may be required to provide documentation in a form required by the faculty member to substantiate that the papers are the studentÕs original work.