PHIL 401 D: Advanced Topics in Philosophy

Winter 2022
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm / THO 101
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American Philosophy

American Philosophy (PHIL401)

Winter 2022


TTh 2:30pm-4:20pm THO 101


Anthony Fisher <>

office hours on Zoom: Fri 1pm-3pm (and by appointment) 

Course description: American philosophy has a rich and diverse tradition, from roots in Native American thought to influences from India. Some of its distinctive features include: tendency for pluralism and democratization of ideas, general tolerance of competing standpoints, and resolve to put philosophy into action, thus making it relevant to current problems in society. This course examines the history of American philosophy from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century, with an emphasis on uncovering overlooked pieces of the narrative. We start with interactions between Native and European American ideas and the pluralism of the Native American outlook. After that we visit the St. Louis Hegelians on the frontier and examine how they applied idealism in practical ways to build educational infrastructure across the nation. Then we encounter Charles Peirce’s original statements of pragmatism and some of his later metaphysics as well as William James’s pragmatism and his criticism of classical empiricism. We will explore Josiah Royce’s absolute idealism and a defence of it by Mary Calkins, plus the influence of Indian philosophy, especially from the Brahma tradition. We will then study the pragmatic naturalism of John Dewey and the cultural pluralism of Alain LeRoy Locke (who was the father of the Harlem renaissance). Finally, we will dive into the philosophy of William Savery, who founded the philosophy department at UW in 1902. Our aim is to uncover the ways in which he forwarded the pragmatist tradition. This course has a unique practical element to it. We will visit UW Library, Special Collections and learn archival research methods by researching the William Savery Papers. One focus of the course is to put Savery’s philosophy in the spotlight and piece together his contributions to the University of Washington.

Required textbooks: Texts will be made available online, either through the UW library, Canvas, or Googlebooks. Other readings such as recommended and optional readings will be made available online on Canvas or through UW library.

Learning outcomes: On successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate: i) a detailed understanding of the concepts, problems, and arguments that motivated American philosophers, ii) a thorough knowledge of the theories and arguments by these philosophers in their historical context, especially with respect to the development of each philosopher’s thought and the debates that unfolded between them and their contemporaries, and iii) an enhanced ability to examine philosophical texts critically, especially primary material from nineteenth and twentieth century America.


Social annotation: 5% of final grade. For each reading you will be required to socially annotate the reading using in Canvas. We will go through comments in class. You must access the reading through Canvas when marking up the reading so that your work is recorded and graded properly.

Reading responses: 15% of final grade. One-page double-spaced reading responses to be posted on Canvas by the beginning of the second class, graded out of 2 points. Reading responses are designed to help you develop the skill of identifying arguments, explaining them in your own words, and evaluating them. These skills are important for writing papers and class discussion. Reading responses must not exceed one page, double-spaced.

For the first class or second class reading you must explain one of the author’s arguments and offer a critical evaluation of it. The argument you discuss must not come from class notes, class discussion, or material on Canvas. You must find an argument in the reading directly.

The reading response must have two sections:

  • Section 1: in one paragraph, explain one of the author’s arguments in detail. Do not summarise the reading. Do not simply describewhat the author is up to. Explain how the author argues for a certain conclusion. Think of yourself as teaching your reader.
  • Section 2: in one paragraph, critically evaluate the argument you have presented in section 1. For instance, you could explain why a premise of the argument is false, or raise a worry for a premise or an inference between premises or from premise to conclusion. You are permitted to raise a clarificatory question about the meaning of a term or phrase (e.g., that it is ambiguous) but this should be executed in a philosophical manner (e.g., if it is ambiguous, disambiguate and explain the distinct meanings). Just because you do not understand a term it does not imply that the term is meaningless or incoherent.

Do not quote from the text. Your task is to explain some argument or theory, not to repeat it. If you quote something, it is difficult to determine whether you have understood it. Your reading response should demonstrate some grasp of the author’s project. Your response should be wholly original. You should not consult outside sources.

Here is a sample reading response from my PHIL322 Modern Philosophy course.

Group presentations: 10% of final grade. Meaningful contributions and intentional participation are essential for active learning. You need to prepare adequately and actually contribute meaningfully to class discussion. For almost every week in the second class there will be a presentation by the assigned group for that week. The presentation must be insightful, relevant, and philosophically interesting as well as generate discussion. One purpose of the presentation is to lead discussion for that portion of the class. Presentations can follow a similar format to that of the reading responses, with discussion questions given at the end of the presentation. Other formats include:

  • Explain This. The designated group will present a list of 3 terms, phrases, or sentences whose meaning they think needs explaining. The larger class will then attempt to provide the relevant explanations.
  • Plausible vs. Implausible. Two groups will be designated. One group will present what they think is an especially plausible claim or argument from the reading, while the other group will present what they think is an especially implausible claim or argument. The larger class will then discuss how to push back on the plausible claim/argument and how to defend the implausible claim/argument.
  • Close Textual Analysis. The designated group will lead discussion for the class with a focus on specific passages in the reading. The discussion should be aimed at understanding and evaluating the particular passages highlighted by the group. Suggested prompts: ‘let’s figure out what’s going on in this passage’, ‘this claim seemed implausible to me – how could somebody defend it?’, ‘this claim seemed really plausible to me – how could somebody challenge it?’

Points are lost for not giving a presentation. You need to sign up for a presentation group under the People menu in Canvas. Do this in the first two weeks of term. End of Week 3 you will be manually put into a group and the ability to self-sign-up will be turned off.

You are strongly encouraged to prepare a PowerPoint presentation. Your group will be allowed to use the classroom technology to present your PowerPoint.

Term paper: 40% of final grade. A philosophy paper has a distinctive argumentative structure that clearly articulates and argues for a specific thesis. A history of philosophy paper has a more specific argumentative structure that involves interpretation and reconstruction of an author’s argument(s) and an evaluation of that argument(s). Length: 5 pages, for both undergraduate and graduate students.

The term paper is to be submitted on Canvas and will be peer reviewed and blind graded; therefore, you must not include your name or ID number in the document anywhere or in the filename. Only .doc and .docx file extensions are accepted.

Term paper consists of the following elements:

  • Draft, 2%, graded credit/no credit
  • Peer review, 2%, graded credit/no credit
  • Final version of paper graded by Instructor, 36%, graded according to rubric.

Further instructions and grading criteria for each paper will be provided closer to the due dates. Paper topics are centred on the William Savery Papers at UW Library, Special Collections.

Paper topic 1: select one of Savery’s published articles, and then study his correspondence on it. Example: read Savery’s Dewey chapter in the Schilpp volume, then study his correspondence on it (e.g., the letter exchange between Donald Williams and Savery, or letters between Tufts and Savery); and identify some disagreement between the two correspondents and evaluate it. Another example: read ‘Concatenism’ and examine the reactions by fellow philosophers in Savery’s correspondence.

Sample paper layout: Introduction. Section 1 on exposition of chosen Savery article. Section 2 is a presentation of objection in letter by some correspondent. Section 3 surveys Savery’s response (if there is one). Section 4 evaluates the debate (who is right?). Conclusion.

Paper topic 2: find an unpublished paper by Savery in his archive, explain its context and summarise overall content, present an argument in it, then critically discuss the argument.

Sample paper layout: Introduction. Section 1 is explanation of context and content of chosen unpublished paper. Section 2 is exposition of one significant argument in the paper. Section 3 is critical discussion of the argument (raise problems for it, etc). Section 4 is final evaluation (is the argument ultimately successful?). Conclusion.

Paper topic 3: choose one of Savery’s published articles and bring in his archive such as other unpublished papers that are related to the topic. For example, you may choose Savery’s defence of hedonism (1934), then you would explore his archive for other work on hedonism or a related topic in ethics and connect the two philosophically. Paper topic 3 is more open-ended than 1 or 2.

Sample paper layout: Introduction. Section 1 is exposition of chosen article, with presentation of a central argument. Section 2 is explanation of a related paper from Savery’s archive that is relevant to the chosen article and the central argument just presented. Section 3 is comparative analysis. Section 4 is critical discussion (does the paper support the argument in the published article?). Conclusion.

After the course you may consider submitting your paper to the UW undergraduate philosophy journal The Garden of Ideas! Submissions should be sent to: Please speak to me about this.

Group project on Savery: 30% of final grade. The class will be divided into groups and each group will:

  1. transcribe and edit an unpublished paper from the Savery Papers;
  2. as editors you will write a 2-3 page introduction to the paper, wherein you explain why it’s worth transcribing, explain the context, explain the content for the reader;
  3. you will present your edition as a group on the final day of class.

Each group member must also individually write a 1-page report stating what you contributed to the project and reflecting on what you learnt from the exercise.

You will need to find an unpublished paper from the Savery Papers. Before you begin transcribing and editing each group should inform me which paper they have chosen and explain briefly why that paper was chosen. Obviously, two groups should not transcribe the same paper and clear justification must ground the selection.

Note on writing credit: Passing this course is enough to earn a W credit.


Late work: Late work is not accepted. Exceptions are made only for personal and medical emergencies when documentation is provided. Let me know in advance if you have having trouble!

Conversion: A conversion scale (to the 4.0 system) will be chosen at the end of the quarter, based on the usual grade distribution for classes like this. On any chosen 4.0 conversion scale, however, 96% and above will be sufficient for a 4.0, and 60% and above will be sufficient for passing the course, where ‘passing’ just means achieving a 0.7 or higher on the 4.0 system.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism on any assignment will be reported to CSSC and penalised. It is your responsibility to know what counts as plagiarism. It is easy to avoid plagiarism in this class. See the department-wide policies for more on plagiarism.

Class expectations: Each student will have read the reading actively and critically. Active reading means taking notes, underlining text, summarising relevant passages, etc. Critical reading means argumentatively engaging with the author, questioning a premise or a conclusion in some argument, or raising queries or finding something that seems implausible or introducing a relevant consideration that has been overlooked, or identifying an unclear word or phrase or concept. Each student should write out answers to the reading questions and come up with their own questions. In the case of leading class discussion, the student will have prepared discussion questions and lead discussion by introducing the topic and posing questions.

Course expectations: The class is not identical with the course. The class is one part of the course. The other parts of the course involve each student reading the material before class and after class. A student’s understanding of the content of the course should not rest entirely on what unfolds in class. A student should not draw their sole understanding of the material from class, class discussion, class notes, or class handouts and other related material.

Please see the department-wide policies page for further policies and resources.

Course schedule: (please see the more colourful and dynamic course schedule, which will be updated more regularly throughout the term.)

Week 1: Introduction and Native American Thought

Tue 4 Jan: Introduction to American philosophy

Thu 6 Jan: Sa-Go-Ye-Wat-Ha, (1805) ‘Speeches’ [4pgs]; Wynnogene, (1920) ‘Our Democracy and the American Indian’ [10pgs]; reading response 1 due

Week 2: St. Louis Hegelians and their impact

Tue 11 Jan: William T. Harris, (1894) Introduction to the Study of Philosophy, ch. 4, sec. 6: The Third Stage of Thinking: The Absolute Idea, or the Reason, pp. 145-66: Change and Self-activity and Life, Individuality, Absolute Personality [21pgs]

Thu 13 Jan: Susan E. Blow, (1908) Educational Issues in the Kindergarten, chapter 2: The Froebelian Antithesis, sec. 1-3 and sec. 10-12 [18pgs], and chapter 5: Herbart and Froebel [25pgs]; reading response 2 due; Group presentation wk2

Week 3: Charles S. Peirce, the Metaphysical Club and Pragmatism

Tue 18 Jan: Peirce, (1877) ‘The Fixation of Belief’ [10pgs]; Peirce, (1878) ‘How to Make Our Ideas Clear’ [10pgs]

Thu 20 Jan: Peirce, (1891) ‘The Architecture of Theories’ [9pgs]; Peirce, (1902) ‘Uniformity’ [8pgs]; Peirce, (1893) ‘Evolutionary Love’ [5pgs]; reading response 3 due; Group presentation wk3

Week 4: William James: Pragmatism and Radical Empiricism

Tue 25 Jan: James, (1907) Pragmatism, Lecture 2: What Pragmatism Means (excerpt) [13pgs]; and Lecture 6: Pragmatism’s Conception of Truth (excerpt) [14pgs]

Thu 27 Jan: James, (1904) ‘Does “Consciousness” Exist?’, sec. 1-2 [6pgs]; James, (1904) ‘A World of Pure Experience’ (excerpt) [4pgs]; James, (1909) ‘A Pluralistic Universe’ (lecture 8, excerpt) [4pgs]; reading response 4 due; Group presentation wk4

Week 5: Idealism and Josiah Royce

Tue 1 Feb: Royce, (1885) ‘The Possibility of Error’ in The Religious Aspect of Philosophy (excerpts) [7pgs]; Royce, (1908) The Philosophy of Loyalty (excerpts) [9pgs]; Royce, (1899-1901) ‘The Internal and External Meanings of Ideas’ in The World and the Individual (vol. 1) [8pgs]; Royce, (1913) ‘Community and the Doctrine of Signs’ in The Problem of Christianity (vol. 2), lecture 8 [5pgs]

Thu 3 Feb: Royce, (1899-1901) ‘Physical and Social Reality’ in The World and the Individual (vol. 2), sec. 1-4 [26pgs]; reading response 5 due; Group presentation wk5

Week 6: More on Idealism as well as influences from India

Tue 8 Feb: Mary Whiton Calkins, (1919) ‘The Personalistic Conception of Nature’ (sections 2 to 4 only) [25pgs]

Thu 10 Feb: Poola T. Raju, (1937) ‘The Problem of the Infinite: Hegel, Bradley and Sankara’ [14pgs]; reading response 6 due; Group presentation wk6

Week 7: John Dewey on knowledge; Alain LeRoy Locke on pluralism

Tue 15 Feb: Dewey, (1929) The Quest for Certainty (excerpts) [14pgs]; Dewey, (1920) ‘Reconstruction in Moral Conceptions’ in Reconstruction in Philosophy [3pgs]; Dewey, (1934) A Common Faith (excerpts) [4pgs]

Thu 17 Feb: Alain LeRoy Locke, (1942) ‘Pluralism and Intellectual Democracy’ [16pgs]; reading response 7 due; Group presentation wk7

Week 8: William Savery on pragmatism and truth

Tue 22 Feb: Savery, (1938) ‘The Synoptic Theory of Truth’ [28pgs]; paper topics explained; group project assigned

Thu 24 Feb: class on archival research methods at UW Library, Special Collections; no reading response

Week 9: Savery on monism versus pluralism

Tue 1 Mar: Savery, (1937) ‘Concatenism’ [18pgs]

Thu 3 Mar: class on the Savery Papers at UW Library, Special Collections; no reading response

Week 10: Savery on probability and the cosmos

Tue 8 Mar: Savery, (1932) ‘Chance and Cosmogony’ [33pgs]

Thu 10 Mar: presentation of group projects in progress; term paper workshop; course evaluations; no reading response; draft of term paper due

Sun 13 Mar: peer review of term paper due

Week 11: Finals week 12-18 March

Tue 15 Mar: term paper due

Fri 18 Mar: group project edition of Savery paper due; individual 1-page reflection piece due

Grades due: Tue 22 March by 5pm

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Academic Misconduct

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Catalog Description:
A study of philosophical topics at the advanced level. Topics vary.
GE Requirements Met:
Social Sciences (SSc)
Writing (W)
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