Required Texts (Available at the Odyssey Bookshop)
Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (Hackett)
The Empiricists (Doubleday)
Spinoza,The Ethics (Hackett)
Leibniz, Discourse on Metaphysics (Hackett)
Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, abridged edition
Women Philosophers of the 17th and 18th Centuries (Women),
ed. Margaret Atherton (Hackett)
I would like to say something about the readings.
One central aim of this course is to enable you to become skilled
in reading philosophic texts. I believe that this goal is best
fulfilled by having you concentrate on the primary texts that
we shall be discussing, even though all of them are quite difficult.
Consulting a secondary source about which you know very little
is a dangerous business. I urge you to limit yourself to the
primary texts rather than trying to find a secondary text that
will help you understand what the philosophers are arguing. This
will ultimately aid your development as an independent thinker.
Also, be wary of using materials from the web without checking