PHIL 389 - History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Enforced Prerequisites:
One philosophy course with at least a C-.
Other Course Info:
W.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines some of the most interesting and important debates in early modern philosophy:

  • what is the source of human knowledge?
  • What are its limits?
  • What does mathematics tell us about the physical world?
  • What is it to be a person?
  • What is the ultimate nature of the external objects we perceive?

Our main texts will be:

  • Descartes' "Meditations",
  • Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding",
  • Berkeley's "Principles of Human Knowledge",
  • Hume's "Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" and
  • Kant's "Prolegomena".

I've planned this course with the needs of philosophy majors in mind, but it is open to anyone with one previous philosophy course.

Course requirements will be two short papers and two exams.

PHIL 389 - History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
12488
Open
5
 
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
12489
Closed
0
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
12490
Open
3
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
29818
Closed
0
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521358125
Descartes : selected philosophical writings, Author: translated by John Cottingham,, Publisher: Cambridge University Press 1. publ., 1988
Required
ISBN: 9780140434828
An essay concerning human understanding, Author: John Locke. Ed. by Roger Woolh, Publisher: Penguin Books Repr. with 2004
Required
ISBN: 9780915145393
A treatise concerning the principles of human knowledge., Author: by George Berkeley ; edited, w, Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 1995
Required
ISBN: 9780521535359
Prolegomena to any future metaphysics that will be able to come forward as science : with selections from the Critique of pure reason, Author: Immanuel Kant., Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press Rev. ed. 2004
Required
Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume, Hackett Pub., ISBN 9780872202290
Required
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