- Code PHIL2119
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course in the history of philosophy will cover the major texts in the rationalist and empiricist traditions of the early modern period in Europe. Thinkers from Descartes to Hume were the first to articulate problems in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and moral philosophy that continue to shape the nature of philosophical inquiry today, in both the ‘analytic’ and ‘continental’ traditions. The course will provide students with a solid grounding in the canonical texts of modern philosophy, as well as introducing them to the methodological questions raised by studying philosophy in its historical context. In particular the course will consider the self-understanding of these foundational figures in their efforts at once to accommodate the consequences of the Scientific Revolution and to articulate a philosophical alternative to the theological concept of ‘truth’ that had dominated European thought throughout the medieval period. In short, we will address how and in what ways the contested relationship to science and religion is what makes modern philosophy ‘modern’ from its foundations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the early modern history of philosophy, and
the conceptual content of rationalism and empiricism as traditions of
- Appreciate the contested nature of modern philosophy from
- Deploy a set of concepts and textual references that will
be useful for further study in various fields of philosophy.
- Demonstrate a capacity for evaluating philosophical arguments on their own terms and with respect to their contexts.
In-class Midterm: 20% (LO 1,2,3,4).
One 2000 word Essay: 35% (LO 3,4)
Final Exam: 35% (LO 1,2,3,4)
Tutorial Participation: 10% (LO 1,2,3,4).
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Ariew, Roger and Eric Watkins (edt). Modern Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources (2nd Edt), 2009, Hackett Publishing Company, Indianapolis.
Descartes, Discourse on Method & Meditations
Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Berkeley, A Treatise Concerning the Nature of Human Knowledge
Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Kant, Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics
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