PHIL 202
History of Modern European Philosophy Spring 2023
Division II

Class Details

This course is a survey of 17th- and 18th-century European philosophy, with a focus on metaphysics and epistemology. Topics will include: What can we know through our senses? Can we know anything through reason alone? What is the mind? What is the body? What is the relationship between the mind and the body? What are space and time? Are we rationally justified in drawing causal inferences? Are we justified in believing in God? Authors will include: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3318
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will write 4-5 essays, of 5-6 pages each
Prerequisites: It is recommended that students have taken a 100-level Philosophy course, though not strictly required.
Enrollment Preferences: Enrollment preference will be given to majors, prospective majors, students who have taken a 100-level PHIL course, and first-years and sophomores.
Unit Notes: Philosophy majors must take either PHIL 201 or PHIL 202 (and can take both)
Distributions: Division II

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