PHIL 389 - History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Section: 001
Term: WN 2013
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 is a survey of modern (i.e., 17th- and 18th-century) European philosophy, one which concerns primarily the writings of Descartes, Malebranche, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant, with some attention to the writings of Copernicus, Galileo, Boyle, Newton and Clarke. The course focuses on issues concerning nature of reality (metaphysics) and our knowledge of that reality (epistemology).

Among the issues to be discussed are:

  • the relation between faith and science
  • the distinction between primary and secondary qualities
  • the rise and fall of mechanism
  • skepticism and responses to skepticism
  • the nature of mind and of the mind-body relation
  • realism and idealism concerning matter, motion, space and time
  • the nature of human freedom
  • personal identity.

One recurring topic is the impact in the modern period of the “Scientific Revolution”.

Course Requirements:

There will be two papers and a cumulative final exam.

Intended Audience:

No data submitted

Class Format:

The class will meet for three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.

PHIL 389 - History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
12206
Open
24
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
12207
Open
14
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
12208
Closed
0
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
22965
Open
11
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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Note:
Other readings accessible on the Resources section of the course website.
ISBN: 9780872209787
Modern philosophy : an anthology of primary sources, Author: edited by Roger Ariew and Eric Watkins., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 2nd ed. 2009
Required
ISBN: 9780872200746
The Scientific background to modern philosophy, Author: Ed. by Michael R. Matthews., Publisher: Hackett publ 1989
Required
ISBN: 087220524X
Correspondence, Author: G.W. Leibniz and Samuel Clarke. Ed., with introduction, by Roger Ariew., Publisher: Hackett 2000
Required
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