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PHIL 4406 History of Modern Philosophy (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

The course presents in a synthetic but not superficial manner the major philosophies, from Descartes to Kant, which have punctuated the emergence of the modern mind, the development of scientific knowledge and transformations of Western societies, during a period in which conquering rationality asserted its autonomy and gave rise to the idea of Enlightenment, but at the same time reflected on its own limits. This comprehensive survey will cover metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and political thought. We will analyze representative sources, paying attention to their argumentative structures, and highlighting the logic in the unfolding of problems and answers. Syllabus on http://www2.bc.edu/~solere/pl406.html


Instructor(s): Jean-Luc Solere

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 08-Feb-16