Introduction to Philosophy II: Modern to Contemporary
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NPHI 2200
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Philosophy
  • Ethics & Social Responsibility
Description:
One of the main themes of modern Western philosophy is the question of knowledge: What can we know? What are the limits of our knowledge? How can we be certain about what we know? This course traces this quest, beginning with the representationalist view of knowledge in the early modern period (17th century) to recent language-oriented ideas about what knowledge is. Our guiding question is: What does it mean to know? We read selections from Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and James, leading us to 20th-century philosophers Wittgenstein, Quine, Davidson, McDowell, and Rorty. There are no prerequisites for this course, which is foundational for the study of philosophy. This course was formerly listed as NPHI3101. Do not register for this course if you have previously taken NPHI3101; it is the same course and cannot be taken twice for credits.
Course Open to: Degree Students