Modern European Philosophy to Hume (PHIL*2160)
Term: Winter 2013
This course is designed to introduce students to the figures and ideas that laid the foundation for philosophy today. This course will provide an historical, theoretical, and critical introduction to the 17th and 18th century philosophers and the movements known as Rationalism (Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza), and Empiricism (Locke, Berkeley, Hume), and also touch on Skepticism. Special attention will be given to the developments of metaphysics and epistemology, developments that occurred alongside the rise of science. The course is designed to provide students with: (1) an in-depth understanding of the philosophical movements of Rationalism and Empiricism through their respective cultural and historical contexts, (2) a clear picture of the philosophical problems each figure was faced with and how, through various methods, they solved such problems, (3) an in-depth understanding of core terminology and concepts, and finally, (4) an in-depth understanding of how the 17th and 18th century philosophers have impacted the current philosophical movements.