Modern Philosophy: Spring 2016

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Updated 2/16/2016

Week 1: Introduction to Modern Philosophy

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Syllabus and Introduction

Infographic for the History of Philosophy

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Complete Introductory Survey

Rutherford “Innovation and orthodoxy in early modern philosophy

Week 2: Descartes’ Meditations

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René Descartes, Discourse on the Method for Conducting One’ s Reason Well and for Seeking the Truth in the Sciences (1637) (A & W, pp. 25-34)

René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Letter of Dedication, Preface, and Synopsis (A & W, pp. 35-40)

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Mediation One and Meditation Two (A & W, pp. 40-47)

Week 3: Descartes’ Meditations

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Meditation One

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Meditation Two

Week 4: Descartes’ Meditations

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Meditation Three and Meditation Four

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Meditation Four and Meditation Five

Week 5: Descartes’ Meditations

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Meditation Three

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Meditation Three

Week 6: Descartes’ Meditations

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Meditation Four

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Meditation Five

Week 7: Descartes’ Meditations

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Meditation Five

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Meditation Six

Week 8: Objections and Replies

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René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) Meditation Six

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René Descartes, Thomas Hobbes, and Antoine Arnauld, Objections and Replies (1641)

Week 9: Review and Transition (Exam I)

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Review of Context and Text of Meditations

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Review (in class)

Exam (Take Home)

Week 10: Hume’s Enquiry

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Transition from Descartes to Hume

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Hume’s Enquiry and Associated Texts (A & W, pp. 509-11)

Enquiry, Sections I-V (A & W, pp. 533-55)

Week 11: Hume’s Enquiry

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Enquiry, Section VI, VII, & VIII (A & W, pp. 555-75)

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Enquiry, Section IX & X (A & W, pp. 575-86)

Week 12: Hume’s Enquiry (Exam III)

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Enquiry, Section XI & XII (A & W, pp. 586-600)

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Review and Discussion

Week 13: Kant’s Prolegomena

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Editor’s Introduction, Preface to the Prolegomena (A & W, pp. 655-65)

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From Hume to Kant (Introduction, Part I: General Overview, Part II: Kant’s Model of the Mind)

Prolegomena: Preamble, The Main Transcendental Problem Part I (A & W, pp. 665-79)

Week 14: Kant’s Prolegomena

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From Hume to Kant (Part III: Synthetic Judgments a priori and a posteriori)

Prolegomena: The Main Transcendental Problem Part II & III (A & W, pp 679-706)

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Kant’s Critique of Reason (Part IV: The Theoretical Restriction of Reason and Traditional Metaphysics)

Prolegomena: Conclusion (A & W, pp. 706-17)

Week 15: Kant’s Prolegomena

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Kant’s Critique of Reason (Part V: The Practical Extension of Reason and Traditional Metaphysics)

Critique: Prefaces and Introduction (A & W, pp. 718-729

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Discussion and Wrap-up

Final Exam (Hume and Kant)

Thursday May, 5th

4:40-6:30PM

217 Thomas