Mr. Coleman's Philosophy Classes

Adjunct Professor At Harbor College

  Welcome to my Philosophy Page Students.  

Many of you have been informed that I had to take a bit time off from the daily duties of enjoying work in order to get my heart re-worked a bit.  Well I am lonely for the classroom experience.  I've placed myself on call for any adjunct opening as of now.  I've got to get back at the art of teaching the children.  I love teaching.  It also allows me to engage face to face with the culture I am yet living through.  Introduction to Philosophy; wow!  Going that far back, are you kidding me; most of these young people have never had a conversation with anyone over "50" who might share their life's experience through the teaching of Philosophy.

I never tire of asking questions that cause the young person to question themselves; parents, customs and the difference between right and wrong from a background such as I have experienced.  Are these questions equitable, dangerous or even against human nature itself?  That I have been given more years to benefit upcoming generations of children; I'm all for it.

This is the way it shall work.  When the College has an opening for a Substitute or part time Professor , they call me and have text, knowledge and an awful lot of candor; I travel.  I will let you know from this page when I shall teach again.  I just wanted to let you know that I have given thought to the prospect. email:



Please tell your friends that require another Philosophy Class; 

  Phi. 1  Intro  


Writing The Philosophy  Paper For Mr. Colemanís Class

1.       Have you studied what you want to say and can you speak it philosophically?

2.       Having your thoughts together, now you must construct your argument in terms that I would understand your Philosophical argument.

3.       Each part of your paper or thesis must present an argumentative from the cause of your statements.

4.       Make sure that you fully understand the terms that you are attempting to confront with your paper.

5.       Weigh your argument against what we have studies thus far in Phi ď1Ē.

6.       Example your argument with terms that we have covered in the class.  (This is what I am looking for in all of your papers.

7.       Ask yourself the question; ďDo I fully understand what Iíve just written?  Is there a way that I might make my argument clearer?

8.  Now after you have formulated these ideas; begin to construct your paper in outline form.  I have found this method the best in construction of formal outlines in analysis of subject matter.

9.       Have another person in your family (friends) read your paper.  If they canít make up or down of the writing; how would you expect me to fully understand what you are saying.

10.    Proof read the paper long before you turn it in and please note all papers are due on the date prescribed.  (There will be no exception to this given rule.)

Notes:  These notes from the slides from all three classes will be taken down and re-placed with newer ones.  It is your responsibility to obtain the notes in the time allowed.

Writing The Philosophy Paper

As you have come to know by now; this is the major aspect of Philosophy.  If one cannot put in words the particular teaching; there is no indication that there has been a set expectation concerning the subject matter at hand.  I am looking for the most complete paper based upon the Philosophical questions.  Lets start working on those papers and not wait until the last minute to complete the assignment.  Right Now! is where you need to be in that paper.  Are we all tracking?  Peace; and love as you begin to write that important philosophical project of yours.  Mr. Coleman



The Philosophy Of the Essay

The essay differs from a summary.

Knowing the difference will make your world change as you notice the difference in the grading of each paper.



1.   An essay takes a viewpoint and attempts to prove its validity.


1.   A summary takes no viewpoint and has no thesis; it merely recapitulates the facts.



2.   An essay assumes the reader is already familiar with the matter and tries to help him or her make better sense of it.


2.   A summary assumes the reader is ignorant about the matter and tries to inform him or her about it.



3.   An essay explains and evaluates.  It tries to bring the reader to a better understanding of the subject.


3.   A summary recounts the main points of the subject without in anyway trying to interpret it for the reader.



4.   As essay archives all of this by formulating a strong, clear and interesting thesis about the subject.


4.   A summary doesnít try to present itís own point of view of the subject and therefore has no need to subordinate anything, only to report on it.



5.   In an essay, the writer argues for the stand taken about the subject, trying to make it convincing for the reader.


5.   Having taken no stand, the writer finds no need to support or argue in a summary but merely to report, assert, and summarize.



6.   This leads the writer to scan the research data for those items only, that support the thesis or demonstrate a point in it.


6.   In a summary, the writer includes as many of the items as he or she can find.



7.   In an essay; the writer tries to interpret the subject, leading the reader to see clearly what he or she had seen only dimly (all of it).


7.   No such things are attempted in a summary.



8.   As essay answers such questions as; How did this all come about and why?


8.   A summary concerns itself only with the question; What happened?



9.   An essay is; as a result, interesting to read, stimulating, and leads to new discoveries.


9.   No new discoveries are made or announced in a summary; its object is to review and summarize.