PHIL 610 - Seminar in History of Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this seminar we will focus on the topic of causation in early modern philosophy, giving special attention to the writings of Descartes, Malebranche, and Leibniz. We will begin with a consideration of scholastic views of causation (with particular focus on the work of Suárez), and then turn to the discussions of this topic in our three philosophers, taking into account relevant secondary literature. A question from scholasticism that dominates the work of the early modern philosophers is whether and, if so, how God's role in sustaining created beings in existence can be reconciled with granting creatures real causal efficacy. The seminar will be structured around three main answers to this question, namely (concurrentist or conservationist) interactionism, occasionalism, and pre-established harmony.

PHIL 610 - Seminar in History of Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
12Graduate Standing
M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
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Additional articles will be posted on the CTools course site closer to the start of term.
ISBN: 1890318760
On creation, conservation, and concurrence : metaphysical disputations 20, 21, and 22, Author: Francisco Suarez ; translation, notes, and introduction by Alfred J. Freddoso, Publisher: St. Augustine's Press 2002
ISBN: 0521358124
Descartes : selected philosophical writings, Author: translated by John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff, Dugald Murdoch ; with an introduction by John Cottingham., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 1. publ., 1988
ISBN: 087220152X
Philosophical selections : from The search after truth, translated by Thomas M. Lennon and Paul J. Olscamp ; from Elucidations of The search after truth, translated by Thomas M. Lennon ; from Dialogues on metaphysics, translated by Willis Doney ; and from Treatise on nature and grace, translated by Thomas Tylor, revised by Steven Nadler, Author: Malebranche ; edited by Steven Nadler., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 1992
ISBN: 0872200620
Philosophical essays, Author: G.W. Leibniz ; edited and translated by Roger Ariew and Daniel Garber., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 2. [Dr.] 1989
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