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ISC 503:  Introduction to Modern Philosophy            3 Credit Hours

Course Syllabus 

 

Bishop James Wilkowski

Course Description:

A study of the major themes and figures of the classical modern period - the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Required Textbook:

The Longman Standard History of Modern Philosophy by Daniel Kolak and Garrett Thomson (Pearson Longman, 2006). Check out either Amazon or Half for purchase prices.

Class Reading Assignments:

 1. Introduction: Copernicus, Newton, Bacon

 1-37, 180-203

 Assignment

 

 2.  Descartes: Meditations I & II

 38-49

 Questions on Descartes: Meditations I & II

 

 3.  Descartes: Meditations III & IV

 49-61

 Questions on Descartes: Meditations III & IV

 

 4.  Descartes: Meditations V & VI

 61-71, 99-101

 Questions on Descartes: Meditations V & VI

 

 5.  Descartes: Objections and Replies

 72-95

 Questions on Descartes: Objections & Replies

 

 6.  Hobbes: metaphysics/epistemology

 203-10, 221

 Questions on Hobbes: Metaphysics/epistemology

 

 7.  Hobbes & Locke: political philosophy

 210-220, 269-78

 Questions on Hobbes & Locke: political philosophy

 

 8. Spinoza: God

 106-117

 Questions on Spinoza: God

 

 9. Spinoza: mind-body

 117-30

 Questions on Spinoza: mind-body

 

 10. Spinoza: emotions/freedom

 130-44

 Questions on Spinoza: emotions/freedom

 

 11. Leibniz: Letters, Truths

 144-54

 Questions on Leibniz: Letters, Truths

 

 12. Leibniz: Discourse on Metaphysics

 155-68

 Questions on Leibniz: Discourse on Metaphysics

 

 13. Leibniz: Monadology, Letters

 168-77

 Questions on Leibniz: Monadology, Letters

 

 Mid-Term

 

 14. Locke: ideas

 222-36

 Questions on Locke: ideas

 

 15. Locke: cause, substance

 236-55

 Questions on Locke: cause, substance

 

 16. Locke: language, knowledge

 255-68

 Questions on Locke: language, knowledge

 

 17. Berkeley: abstract ideas, existence

 278-94 (sec. 21)

 Questions on Berkeley: abstract ideas, existence

 

 18. Berkeley: matter, spirit

 294 (sec. 22)-305

 Questions on Berkeley: matter, spirit

 

 19. Berkeley: nature

 305 (sec. 97)-320

 Questions on Berkeley: nature

 

 20. Hume: association of ideas

 321-35

 Questions on Hume: association of ideas

 

 21. Hume: natural belief

 335-50

 Questions on Hume: natural belief

 

 22. Hume: liberty, self

 350-57, 361-71

 Questions on Hume: liberty, self

 

 23.Voltaire & Rousseau

 373-88

 Questions on Voltaire & Rousseau

 

 24. Kant: space, time, & categories

 389-417

 Questions on Kant: space, time, & categories

  

 25. Kant: Ideas of Reason

 417-40

 Questions on Kant: ideas of reason

 

 26. Kant: metaphysics

 440-63, 487-89

 Questions on Kant: metaphysics

 

 

 

EXPECTATIONS:

 

1.      Complete readings, summaries and papers.

2.      Interact with me via Skype or Google Chat as we progress with this course.

3.      Participate Actively

4.      Ask questions whenever something is confusing or unclear.

5.      Have fun.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

 

  1. A healthy and functioning PC or Laptop with Internet Connection and Skype or Google Chat up and running.
  2. Be familiar with PowerPoint.
  3. Completion of three (3) papers.  Topics for papers TBA.

 

 

 

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