PHIL 389 - History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
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 epistemology and metaphysics in Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a critical formative period in Western philosophy. The course thus discusses the modern origins of a variety of central philosophical problems and controversies – typically ones that remain areas of debate today. Considerable attention is devoted to Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant, with emphasis on the systematic aspects of their philosophical views as well as on individual issues.

Topics to be covered include: skepticism about the existence of the material world, theories of perception and of the nature of material objects, idealism, the problem of induction, the nature and limits of a priori knowledge, innate knowledge, theories of epistemic justification, 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.

Course Requirements:

The required reading is in primary philosophical sources, with optional reading in secondary sources. There will be three papers and a final examination.

Intended Audience:

Though this course is planned with the needs of philosophy concentrators and minors in mind, interested undergraduates from across the University are welcome. The sole prerequisite is one introductory philosophy course.

Class Format:

There are three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.

PHIL 389 - History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0521558182
Descartes : mediations on first philosophy ; with selections from the objections and replies, Author: ed. by John Cottingham., Publisher: Cambridge University Press Revised ed 1999
ISBN: 0199555176
Principles of human knowledge and Three dialogues, Author: George Berkeley, edited with an introduction by Howard Robinson., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2009, reim 2009
ISBN: 0872202291
An enquiry concerning human understanding., Author: David Hume ; edited, with introduction, by Eric Steinberg., Publisher: Hackett 2. ed. 1995
ISBN: 0872205932
Prolegomena to any future metaphysics that will be able to come forward as science, Author: Immanuel Kant. The Paul Carus t4ransl. extensively rev. by James W. Ellington, Publisher: Hackett 2. ed. 2001
ISBN: 0415065763
Descartes, Author: Margaret Dauler Wilson., Publisher: Routledge Repr. 1999
ISBN: 0415100917
Locke on human understanding., Author: Jonathan Lowe., Publisher: Routledge Reprint. 2004
ISBN: 0415250110
Routledge philosophy guidebook to Berkeley and the Principles of Human Knowledge., Author: Robert J. Fogelin., Publisher: Routledge Transferre 2001
ISBN: 0415036879
Hume, Author: Barry Stroud., Publisher: Routledge Reprinted 1988
ISBN: 0195153073
Kant's theory of knowledge : an analytical introduction, Author: Georges Dicker., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2004
ISBN: 087220216X
An essay concerning human understanding, Author: abridged and edited, with an introduction and notes by Kenneth P. Winkler., Publisher: Hackett 1996
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