History of Modern Philosophy

  • Final
  • Philosophy
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • 3.0
  • This course addresses 16th through 18th century philosophy with emphasis on broad epistemological and/or metaphysical developments of empiricism and rationalism in philosophical thought from Descartes to Kant and may include approximate precursors and successors.

  • 140
  • Eligibility for College Composition (C-ID ENGL 100)

  • Sixteenth through Eighteenth century philosophy with emphasis on broad epistemological and/or metaphysical developments in Primary Texts from Descartes to Kant and may include approximate precursors and successors.

    Reading Philosophical Texts Critically

  • At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate mastery of critical philosophical skills to present accurately and to interpret the positions of 16th to 18th century philosophers, based on readings of their primary texts.
    2. Critically analyze and evaluate arguments, assumptions, principles, and methods of 16th through 18th century philosophers.

  • Written work such as formal essays, research papers, term papers, exams, and quizzes

  • Reading materials must include strong representation of primary texts.  Primary texts should be drawn from such readings as:

    Descartes, Discourse on Method

    Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy

    Leibniz, Discourse on Metaphysics

    Leibniz, Monadology

    Berkeley, Principles of Human Knowledge

    Berkeley, Three Dialogues

    Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

    Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

    Locke, Two Treatises of Government

    Spinoza, Ethics

    Hobbes, Leviathan

    Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

    Rousseau, The Social Contract

    Kant, Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics

    Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals

  • philosophy, history, modern

  • June 01, 2012