Philosophy II: Modern
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Course Number: LPHI 2020
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Social Sciences
- Liberal Arts
In this course we explore “the modern period” of the history of Western philosophy - a period of continued relevance that brought about a pervasive change in our self- and world-conception. Fueled by the Scientific Revolution (embodied by figures like Galileo, Bacon, Boyle and Descartes), philosophers from 17th and 18th century-Europe fervently rejected old authorities as they developed new answers to fundamental philosophical questions. These questions concerned the structure of reality, the capacities and limits of the human mind, the sources of legitimate knowledge, the shape and possibility of human freedom and the nature of morality. The objective of this course is for students to gain a broad understanding of the manner in which these questions were rethought in this period of radical change through a close reading of Descartes, Spinoza, Hobbes, Rousseau, Hume and Kant.
Course Open to: Degree Students