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    Otterbein University
  Jan 16, 2018
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

PHIL 3300 - Modern Philosophy From Descartes to Kant

Hours: 4
This is a course in the history of European philosophy from the middle of the 17th Century to the end of the 18th Century, one of the most fertile and important periods of philosophic thought in the history of Western Civilization. The same era that gave rise to modern political, economic, and scientific ideals saw the most important transformation of philosophy since the time of the ancient Greeks in the 5th and 4th Centuries B.C.E. We will focus our attention on seven of the most important philosophers of the time: René Descartes, Gottfried Leibniz, Benedict Spinoza, John Locke, George Berkeley, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant. Among the topics to be discussed are the nature of the mind, the possibility of knowledge, the nature of the physical world, and the existence of God.