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Fall Semester • 2013

 Recommended books (* = highly recommended)

  Anderson, Walter Truet. Reality Isn't What It Used to Be: Theatrical Politics, Ready-to-Wear Religion, Global Myths, Primitive Chic, and Other Wonders of the Postmodern World. San Francisco: HarperOne, 1992.
* Bloom, Allan. The Closing of the American Mind. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987.

 

Cunningham, Lawrence S. and John J. Reich. Culture & Values: A Survey of the Humanities. Alternate Volume. 6th edition. Belmont: Wadsworth, 1990.

* Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. 3rd ed. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1996.
* Levitt, Steven D. and Stephen J. Dubner. SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance. New York: William Morrow, 2009.
 

Naugle, David K. Worldview: The History of a Concept. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2002.

* Percy, Walker. Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book. New York: Picador, 1983.
* _______. The Message in the Bottle: How Queer Man is, How Queer Language Is, and What One Has to Do With the Other. New York: Picador, 2000.
* _______. Signposts in a Strange Land. New York: Picador, 1991.

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Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1979. (See my Resources page under Miscellaneous for the first edition of Strunk.)

 

Recommended readings


Date


Recommended readings

highlight = R-drive file

 

Week 1

>How to Ace College

>Do you know how to think? (a self-exam)

>Tips for writing papers

>Perception quiz

>Riddles

Week 2

>Take an ethics survey
>Kreyche: Integrity (also click here)

>Explore The Greeks (interactive site: explore resources on Socrates and Plato)

>Movie "Matrix" (highly recommended for comparison with Plato; can be borrowed from AV)

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 3

>Weep: Higher Education Among the Nacirema

>Baxter: Gryphon

>Maslow: Defense and Growth

Week 4

>Freire: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

>Shapiro: After Dolly (check out the ethics survey)

>Take an ethics survey

Week 5

>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

>For writing better papers, see also Muriel Harris's Prentice Hall Reference Guide, esp. the "Glossary of Usage" in the back.

Week 6

>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

 

>For writing better papers, see also Muriel Harris's Prentice Hall Reference Guide, esp. the "Glossary of Usage" in the back.

Week 7

>Brian Greene: "One Hundread Years of AUnvertainty"

>"Darwin and Humanity: Should We Rid the Mind of God" (theism v. atheism debate between Alister McGrath & Peter Atkins, 13 Mar 2007; or try this or this

>Bahnsen-Stein debate (the "great" debate, 1985); "video" of the debate

>Antony Flew, There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind (New York: HarperOne, 2007)

>Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever (New York: HarperOne, 2007)

>Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects (Touchstone, 1967)

Week 8

>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 9

>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 10

>Movie "Good Will Hunting" (can be borrowed from AV)

Week 11

>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 12

>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 13

>Video: “What is Human Nature?" (can be borrowed from AV)

Week 14

>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Final week

 

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