PHIL 389 - History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
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.
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This course will primarily survey the ideas of five important philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries – Descartes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume and Kant. We will consider how they pose and develop responses to important metaphysical and epistemological questions that form the basis of some of the main concerns of modern philosophy. These include questions about the nature of reality (Does God exist? What is the nature of the human mind? How does the mind relate to the body? Are there causal connections in the world?), as well as the relation between us and the world (What do we perceive? Can we come to know things about the world through perception? Are there things we can know to be true through reason alone? Are there limits on what we can know?). We will attempt to develop a historical understanding of the connections across the views we consider, as well as to philosophically engage with and respond to each in its own right.

Course Requirements:

Weekly quizzes, three short papers and a final exam

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PHIL 389 - History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780872202290
An enquiry concerning human understanding., Author: David Hume ; edited, with introduction, by Eric Steinberg., Publisher: Hackett 2. ed. 1995
ISBN: 9780872201927
Meditations on first philosophy : in which the existence of God and the distinction of the soul from the body are demonstrated, Author: Rene Descartes ; translated from the Latin by Donald A. Cress., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 3rd ed. 1993
ISBN: 9780872201309
The ethics : Treatise on the emendation of the intellect, Author: Baruch Spinoza ; translated by Samuel Shirley ; edited with introductions by Seymour Feldman., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 2nd ed. 1992
ISBN: 9780915144617
Three dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, Author: by George Berkeley ; ed., with an introd., by Robert Merrihew Adams., Publisher: Hackett Publishing 2nd print. 1979
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