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PHIL7B:  HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY


Course Description

This course is a survey of the history of Western philosophy from the Renaissance to the modern period, i.e., the philosophy of the 16th through the 18th century. Particular attention will be paid to the metaphysics and epistemology of the 'rationalists' (Descartes, Leibniz, and Spinoza), the 'empiricists' (Locke, Berkeley, and Hume), and Kant. (C-ID: PHIL 140) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A.


Learning Outcomes

  • Identify significant theories held by major philosophers and/or philosophic schools of thought from the Modern period (16th through 18th century).
  • Demonstration of proficiency with distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, and commentary/critique of those texts. Measure: Essays, group projects, exams
  • Explain and evaluate historically important philosophical arguments from the Modern period (16th through 18th century).
  • Describe the continuity between the epistemological and metaphysical systems of the Rationalists: Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz
  • Describe the continuity between the epistemological and metaphysical systems of the Empiricists: Locke, Berkeley and Hume
  • Develop a critical and mindful awareness of the distinction between the profoundly different approaches to many Asian and African cultures in comparison of the Western tradition, along with paying attention to the supposition of gender/ethnic/class distinctions in theorizing.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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