The main movements of Western thought from the late Renaissance through the mid-19th century. Major ideas in the Rationalist tradition (for example, Descartes, Spinoza, Conway, Leibniz), the Empiricist tradition (Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Wollstonecraft), and Kant and Hegel will be examined. Also, selected critics of the presuppositions of this tradition taken as a whole will be studied. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy.
2016-2017 Course Catalog / Courses / History of Western Philosophy: The Modern Period