[PHIL 205] Early Modern Philosophy


A survey of European philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries. This was an age of great intellectual curiosity and exploration, resulting in what we now call modern philosophy. As traditional religious and philosophical views came into conflict with the discoveries of natural science, great debates took place concerning the nature of reason, the existence of God, the relationship between mind and body, the possibility of freedom, and the limits of knowledge. Reading texts by some of the leading figures in philosophy from Descartes to Kant, as well as responses by their critics and followers, we will engage with these thinkers’ views and reflect on their contemporary significance.

Course Title

Early Modern Philosophy

Course Code

PHIL 205

Units

1

Fulfills Requirements

5T

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: Philosophy 110 or 15, or consent of instructor.

Frequency

Offered every other year.
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