PHIL 389 - History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
One philosophy course with at least a C-.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This intensive survey examines the development of modern philosophy in Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a critical formative period in modern Western philosophy. Considerable attention is devoted to each of Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. The focus is on epistemological and metaphysical issues; the figures' moral and political philosophies are not discussed. The course is planned with the needs of philosophy majors and minors in mind; however, the sole prerequisite is one introductory philosophy course.

Topics to be covered include: skepticism about the existence of the material world, theories of perception and of the nature of material objects, the problem of induction, the nature and limits of a priori knowledge, innate knowledge, empiricist theories of meaning, analytic and synthetic truth, necessary and contingent truth, God, substance, causation, free will and determinism, the self, the relationship between mind and body, and personal identity. The required reading is in primary philosophical sources, with optional reading in secondary sources.

Students are evaluated on the basis of three papers and a final examinations. There are three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.

There will be a CTools ( site for PHIL 389 accessible to those who register. A list of books for the course and information about purchasing them will be posted on the site by December 20.

PHIL 389 - History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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