Locke

  Philosophy 202
Great Traditions of Western Thought
The Modern Period
Spring 2008
 

Course Schedule and Reading Assignments

 Jan

 Feb

 Mar

 April

 January 30  Introduction to Issues and Format of Course
 **January 31  Screening: Name of the Rose, Skinner 216, 7 p.m.
 February 4 Science versus Religion
Read: Galileo, Electronic Reserve

Name of the Rose
Discussion Questions


 Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy


February 6

Doubt and its Resolution
Read: Decartes, Meditation 1
Descartes Discussion Questions 1

 February 11  Recovering God
Read: Descartes, Meditations 2
Descartes Discussion Questions 2
 February 13 Recovering the World
Read: Descartes, Meditations 3 & 4
Descartes Discussion Questions 3
February 18

Elisabeth versus Descartes
Read: Descartes, Meditations 5 & 6
Descartes Discussion Questions 4


February 20


Elisabeth versus Descartes
Read: Women, 9-21,
Descartes Discussion Questions 5


 Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding


 February 25   Empiricism Defined
Read: The Empiricists, 1-40
Locke Discussion Questions 1
 February 27 Tracking Our Ideas
Read: The Empiricists, 40-91 Locke Discussion Questions 2
 March 3 The Extent of Human Knowledge
Read: The Empiricists, 91-133 Locke Discussion Questions 3
 March 4 Paper #1 Due    Paper Topics
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 Berkeley's Three Dialogues

 March 5 Idealism as Common Sense
Read: The Empiricsts, 217-270
Berkeley Discussion Questions 1

 March 10

The World as God's Message
Read: The Empiricsts, 270-305
Berkeley Discussion Questions 2


   
 
Spinoza's Ethics


March 12  God as Substance
Read: Spinoza, The Ethics, 31-62
Spinoza Discussion Questions 1
 


 March 24 Humans as Modes
Read: The Ethics, 63-72,102-08, 141-51, 201-223
Spinoza Discussion Questions 2
 March 26 Human Blessedness
Read: The Ethics
Spinoza Discussion Questions 3


 Leibniz's Discourse and Monadology


 March 31 Windowless Monads
Read: Leibniz, 68-81 Leibniz Discussion Questions 1
 April 2 The Best of All Possible Worlds
Read: Leibniz, 1-41 Leibniz Discussion Questions 2
 April 4 Paper #2 Due      Paper Topics
 April 7  Lady Masham and Leibniz
Read: Women, 77-95, Leibniz Discussion Questions 3
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 Hume's Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding


 April 9 Empiricism as Skepticism
Read: The Empiricists, 307-364
Hume Discussion Questions 1
 April 14 Skeptical Doubt Developed
Read: The Empiricists, 364-407
Hume Discussion Questions 2

 

 Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
April 16 A Copernican Revolution
Read: Critique of Pure Reason, tba
Kant Discussion Questions 1

  
 April 21 Deducing the Categories 1
Read: Critique of Pure Reason, tba
Kant Discussion Questions 2
 April 23 Deducing the Categories 1
Read: Critique of Pure Reason, tba
Kant Discussion Questions 3
 April 28   Justifying Causality
Read: Critique of Pure Reason, 218-233
Kant Discussion Questions 4
 April 30    Rescuing Reason
Read:  Critique of Pure Reason, tba
Kant Discussion Questions 5
 May 5   Concluding Discussion
 

Paper #3 Due, 5 p.m. May 5    Paper Topics
 


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