Colin Robert Marshall
Examination of metaphysical and epistemological problems from the works of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.
The way we today understand reality and knowledge was largely shaped by philosophical debates of the 17th and 18th centuries. In this course, we will examine the metaphysical and epistemological views of six of the most influential philosophers of the era: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. Themes to be discussed include: the fundamental nature of reality, our knowledge of the external world, the foundations of science, the relationship between the mind and the body, the freedom of the will, and the existence of God. TEXT: "Modern Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources" (2nd ed.), Roger Ariew and Eric Watkins, eds.
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