Welcome!  This is the website for Introduction to Philosophy (PHL 101) as taught by Monica Poole at Bunker Hill Community College in Spring 2016.  As you can see, there are already some earlier posts on this blog.  They are from earlier semesters of the course.  You are welcome to look through them, but remember that they do not apply to our course.

Yesterday, I handed out the syllabus, and a one-page handout titled “What is philosophy and what is it for?”  If you click on those links (“syllabus”, “What is philosophy…”) you will find those documents.

On Monday, we’ll do introductions–we’ll sit in a circle and you will introduce yourselves to each other.  We might do something else, something small, but there is nothing you will need to do in advance for that.

On Wednesday, we will have a discussion.  In order to prepare for this discussion, you will need to read these three speeches. If you click on each author’s name, below, you will get an online version of the relevant handout.


James Baldwin, “In Search of A Majority”, adapted from a speech delivered at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, 1960.


Adrienne Rich, “Claiming an Education,” delivered at Douglass College (part of Rutgers University) in New Jersey, 1977.


David Foster Wallace, “This is Water,” delivered at Kenyon College in Ohio, 2005.