Philosophical Classics II: Early Modern Philosophy from Descartes Through Kant|
Fall 2014 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
Can we ever hope to attain certain knowledge of the external world? Can we know ourselves? How is our mind related to our body? Are our senses more reliable than our intellect? Or is it the other way round? Can we have science without a belief in God? These are some of the questions that excited the philosophical imagination of the major intellectual figures of the early modern period, an era of unparalleled collaboration between science and philosophy. In this course we will examine how the Scientific Revolution encouraged philosophers toward radical innovation in epistemology and philosophy of mind, laying the foundations for our own modern conceptions of natural law, scientific explanation, consciousness and self-consciousness, knowledge and belief. We will be reading, analyzing, and arguing with some of the most influential works in the history of Western philosophy, including Descartes' "Mediations," Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding," Berkeley's "Treatise on Human Knowledge," Hume's "Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding," and Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason."
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(CSCT)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP-Phil Mind)
Selected works of some of the following major Early Modern philosophers: Descartes, Locke, Spinoza, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.
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