AW2: Week 10, December 6th, 2019


Read the following before next Friday for a class discussion:

  1. Philosophy – who needs it?  
  2. Philosophy – who needs it? Japanese translation [wpdm_package id=’1861′]
  3. (Bastiat’s “The Broken Window Fallacy”, if you have not yet done so).
    1. Read about it here in Japanese
    2. Read about it here in English


I’ve reduced the number of essays to read, as I think 3 essays (even if one is in Japanese) is probably too much to ask in one week. If you have already read the “I, Pencil” essay, don’t worry! You can talk about it in class Dec. 13th and read the “Philosophy” essay for next week’s homework.


Makeup class:

  • Date: Saturday, December 14th
  • Time: 2nd period (10:30-12:00)
  • Place: same room as usual (205).

For those who cannot attend, you can do a reading and writing assignment which I will post next Friday.

Today’s class

  1. “a right to…” In English, it means a demand for – a right to a job, for instance, means if you do not have a job, someone must give you one.
  2. an effective advertisement and an effective persuasive essay
    1. both need objective information and both good and bad points
  3. Discussion of “The Broken Window Fallacy”: the original title of this short 1850 essay by Bastiat is “What is Seen and What is Unseen” (Ce qu’on voit et ce qu’on ne voit pas)
  4. identifying claims (worksheet): any claim (any statement that seems to be a fact) must be supported by evidence, especially by citations  [wpdm_package id=’1859′]
  5. translating news headlines from Japanese into English (worksheet)