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Amos Nascimento
T PHIL 360
Tacoma Campus

History of Philosophy: Modern and Contemporary

Examines idealism, pragmatism, and existentialism in historical context to discover ways in which they are responses to past ideas and ways in which they are new. Focuses on the way issues in philosophy remain the same even as ways of thinking about them change.

Class description

The TPHIL 360 course (History of Modern Philosophy) in the Spring quarter of 2014 focuses on the theme "Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights." The course is organized as a directed reading program that will involve international guest lecturers. Classes will be offered by Amos Nascimento and include international guests such as Matthias Lutz-Bachmann, Andreas Niederberger, Jim Tully, and other leading experts in the philosophy of cosmopolitanism and human rights. In April, students will read chapters of a new book written by these authors. Students will then discuss the chapters with their respective authors and participate in a special international seminar on "Cosmopolitanism, Human Rights, and Human Dignity" in late April 2014. In May, the focus will be on case studies related to the topics discussed.

Student learning goals

- read texts on Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Cosmopolitan Ideals - text will be provided.

- discuss how to be a "global citizen" today and learn about the most important modern and contemporary philosophers who have worked on this theme, including Immanuel Kant, Juergen Habermas, Martha Nussbaum, David Held, Seyla Benhabib, and Matthias Lutz-Bachmann.

- interact with students and scholars from the United States and Germany, who are working on this field and will visit UWT.

- have the unique opportunity to participate in an international event on "Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Cosmopolitan Ideals" to be held at the University of Washington in May 2014.

* Internships: A few opportunities for internship and directed readings or research will be available, if you are interested in helping to organize the international event planned for May 2014. Contact Dr. Amos Nascimento (asnascim@u.washington.edu) if you are interested.

General method of instruction

Students will read one chapter per week, attend guest lectures, have a session to discuss the theme of the week and share their views on the subject.

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites. Previous course in Philosophy, Human Rights, Political Science, International Relations, European History, Environmental Studies or Global Studies is a plus.

Class assignments and grading

Participation in classes, presentation of periodic reports reflecting on readings and lectures, attendance of special event in April 2014, writing of a final paper or report reflecting on the topics discussed.

Grades will be based on participation (25%), reports (25%), event attendance (25%), final paper (25%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amos Nascimento
Date: 03/03/2014