Updated info for BC Poverty Reduction Consultation

If you want to do Option C for the Philosophy in the World assignment (consultation on BC Poverty Reduction Strategy, by UBC students), the information on time, and the nature of the event, has been updated on the assignment page.

The event will take place Wednesday, March 7, 1-3:30pm. If you are in the discussion group that meets at 2 that day, but would like to attend this event, please talk to Christina.

Philosophy essay clinic

The Philosophy dept. at UBC has just announced that they have tutors available in an “essay clinic” (basically just times that tutors are available to talk with you about your essays…or else you can make separate appointments with one of them). And one of the tutors is a Teaching Assistant for our course, Phyllis Pearson!

Please see below for the information, which I just received over email:


Philosophy Essay Clinic

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce a new service for undergraduate students:  the Philosophy Essay Clinic.  The purpose of the Essay Clinic is to help undergraduate students with their philosophical writing.  The Essay Clinic is available to any student enrolled in a philosophy course at the University of British Columbia.

What services does the Essay Clinic provide?

Tutors in the Essay Clinic will provide:

  • general advice on structuring an argument; and
  • critical commentary on draft papers by student.

The tutors will NOT provide:

  • Text or specific ideas for student papers;
  • Tutorials or help with course content for individual philosophy courses;
  • More than occasional assistance with basic writing skills (please use the UBC Writing Centrefor this purpose).

Who works in the Essay Clinic, and where is it?

The Essay Clinic will be staffed by two tutors:  Dr. Tom Bittner and PhD student Phyllis Pearson. The Essay Clinic will generally be held in BUCHANAN E274.

When is it open?

The Philosophy Essay Clinic will be open for 8 weeks during peak writing months: Jan 29 to Mar 30

How do I use the Essay Clinic?

There are two options.

  • Drop-in clinic.No appointment is necessary. The two drop-in blocks are as follows.

DROP-IN BLOCK 1: Monday, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, BUCHANAN E274

DROP-IN BLOCK 2: Tuesday, 1:30 – 3:00 PM, BUCHANAN E274

  • Make an appointment.If you cannot make it to the drop-in clinic, please contact one of the tutors by email.  Each is available for 1.5 hours per week for appointments in addition to the drop-in clinic.
  • Appointments are a maximum of 20 minutes, unless there is extra time available for further discussion.

For an appointment: please contact Dr. Tom Bittner at tbittner@mail.ubc.ca or Phyllis Pearson at phyllis.pearson8@gmail.com.

Community projects during Reading Week

This class includes a component of community-engaged learning, in two of the options for the Philosophy in the World assignment where you can connect with people in the local community or discuss issues relating directly to the local community (the Philosopher’s Café option and the consultation on the BC Poverty Reduction Strategy). If you would like to do more activities in the community with other UBC students, the Centre for Community Engaged Learning has opportunities to do so during Reading Week. You can gain experience working with community groups and non-profits that might be helpful for you in the future, in addition to contributing to local projects!

Please see the Centre For Community Engaged Learning Reading Week program website for more information.

Deadline to apply is January 26, 2018.

Welcome to Philosophy 102!

This is the main website for this course, though at times you’ll find links to collaborative documents we may work on together in class. You can find the syllabus here, lecture notes, assignment instructions, and more–just go to the top menu.

For what, exactly, to read week to week (as well as optional resources you could take a look at), please see the “weekly schedule” in the top menu.