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PHIL 216

History of Western Philosophy: Early Modern

Major philosophers and philosophical schools of western philosophy. The course covers Descartes through Kant. Emphasis on epistemology and metaphysics. Offered only spring semester.

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1 course

Fall Semester information

Jeremy Anderson

216A: Hist/West.Phil.-EarlyMod

Expect to be challenged as you join in some of the more ambitious projects in Western philosophical history, and begin to see the universe in radically different ways through the eyes of brilliant people. This course is a survey of some major Western philosophers from the 17th and 18th centuries: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant, especially their metaphysics and epistemology--that is, their attempts to figure out what the universe is really like, and what we can and cannot know. Classes include lecture and discussion, and there will be exams and papers.