- The Modern period in Philosophy runs roughly from 1600 to 1800. It is defined by the attempt to come to terms with the intellectual implications of the Scientific Revolution. There has long been a standard canon (or accepted body of significant work) for this period that includes seven philosophers arranged into three groups: Descartes, Leibniz, and Spinoza (The Rationalists); Locke, Berkeley, and Hume (The Empiricists); and Kant (who is generally thought to have combined the best insights of the other two groups). This course is a study of the thought, mainly on metaphysical and epistemological issues, of these philosophers.
The course centers on two main problems: (1) How is knowledge of the external world possible? And (2) What is the place of humans in the new view of the universe revealed by science? The Modern period covers the first attempts to solve these problems following the scientific revolution. It moves from the massive confidence of the first scientists in our ability to solve these problems to the skepticism of Hume and Kant. The aim of the course is to give you an understanding of the intellectual foundations of the Modern world, as well as the beginnings of the Post-Modern world in the failures of the Modern project.
The course aims to be both a history of ideas and a philosophy course. Hence, you will not only have to master the ideas of these thinkers, but also evaluate them for yourselves.
- An inquiry into the nature, method, and significance of scientific knowledge.
- This course is a systematic study of the rational principles of moral behavior and philosophical methods of making moral decisions with special emphasis on the philosophical basis of the dignity of the human person. Our aim is to provide an understanding of the types of moral behavior that come into question in human life, and within Nursing in particular, on the basis of natural reason alone without the aid of revelation. We will study traditional philosophical views on the basis of morality such as Virtue Ethics, Natural Law Theory, Utilitarianism, and Kantian Deontological Ethics. We will learn basic methods of moral reasoning in applying the principles of these theories to specific issues and problems that arise in Nursing. We will also consider the philosophical basis of human dignity, the nature of human suffering, and the ethical requirements of care.
- GBS 66: Late Modern Great Books
A seminar on the Great Books of Western Civilization from about 1780 to 1900.
- Ph 467 Preceptorial on Camus and Dostoevsky
- Independent Study on Dostoevsky
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