PHIL 322 A: Modern Philosophy

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 1:20pm
Location: 
SAV 132
SLN: 
18757
Instructor:
Ian Schnee

Syllabus Description:

This course examines the metaphysical and epistemological views of philosophers in the early modern period, including René Descartes, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Anne Conway, Gottfried Leibniz, George Berkeley, David Hume, and Immanual Kant.  We will be concerned with their views on the nature of the human mind and its relation to the body, the possibility of knowledge about the external world, the nature of bodies, causation and induction, and the existence of God. We will examine and evaluate these views both in the context of the scientific developments of the time (in particular the scientific revolution) and in their own right. The course requires close reading of primary texts, as well as careful analysis and evaluation of the philosophical arguments presented in them. 

Additional Details:

This course examines the metaphysical and epistemological views of philosophers in the early modern period, including Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.  We will be concerned with their views on the nature of the human mind and its relation to the body, the possibility of knowledge about the external world, the nature of bodies, causation and induction, and the existence of God. We will understand and evaluate these views both in the context of the scientific developments of the time (in particular the scientific revolution) and in their own right. The course requires close reading of primary texts, as well as careful analysis and evaluation of the philosophical arguments presented in them.

TEXT: No Textbook Required (online readings on Canvas).

Catalog Description: 
Examination of metaphysical and epistemological problems from the works of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Credits: 
5
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:16pm