Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant attempted some of the more ambitious projects in Western philosophical history, trying to identify the extent of human knowledge and the true nature of the universe. This course is a chance to understand and critically engage with their projects and begin to see the universe in radically different ways through the eyes of these brilliant people. We will survey key texts from each of them, getting a sense of their overall arc and zooming in on especially interesting arguments. In your writing you will practice articulating complex and difficult ideas and critically evaluating them.
Anderson, Jeremy, "PHIL 216 Early Modern Philosophy Anderson Fall 2023" (2023). Course Syllabi. 189, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.