Early Modern Philosophy

  1. Syllabus (revised 10/02/12)

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  3. The 17th and 18th centuries were a time of intellectual revolution, during which many of philosophy’s “Big Questions” took on something like their present form.  We will survey some major works from this period by Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.  Emphasis will be on topics in epistemology and metaphysics, such as the existence of God, the relationship between the mind and the body, the possibility of free will, and the nature and limitations of our knowledge of ourselves and the world around us.  Prior background in philosophy will be helpful but not essential.


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