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Modern Philosophy

Phil 184

Dr. Marie Zermatt Scutt

In this course, we will study and analyze the texts of some important thinkers in the history of modern philosophy. We will particularly focus on certain thinkers from the 17th and 18th century such as Descartes, Leibniz, Hume and Kant. These philosophers were concerned, among other issues, about general metaphysical and epistemological questions of the following sorts: What is the nature of reality? What is the nature of the human mind? Can we obtain knowledge of the world, and if so, how? Is it possible to gain knowledge of the existence of a Supreme Being who is the cause of the universe? The aim of the course is not to provide a survey of philosophical views from Descartes to Kant, but to engage with these philosophers in thinking through such questions which are pertinent to all of us insofar as we are reflective beings who have an interest in understanding the world around us and our place in it. We will examine the particular happenings in the 17th and 18th century that motivated these thinkers to reflect on these issues as well as critically assess the arguments they used to defend their responses to the aforementioned challenging questions.


African American Philosophy
Afro-Caribbean Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Classical Ethics
Comparative Philosophy: Philosophical Explanations of Evil Across Cultures
Current Topics: Philosophy and Ethics of Appropriate Technology and Development
Current Topics: Africana Philosophy and Film
Environmental Ethics
Ethics and Public Policy
Ethics of Medical Care
Ethics of Medical Care
History of Africana Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Social Science
Principles of Reasoning
Representative Thinkers
Seminar on Aristotle 
Symbolic Logic


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