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COURSE NUMBER: PHIL 345
COURSE TITLE: Philosophy from Descartes to Kant
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Jeffrey Dudiak
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a survey of the origins and development of philosophy from Descartes to Kant. Special attention is paid to the relationship between epistemological ideas and political, ethical and religious thought.

Prerequisites: PHIL 230
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Kenny, Anthony, The Rise of Modern Philosophy, Oxford: Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, 2008.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Reflection paper 115%
Reflection paper 215%
Weekly critical questions20%
Class presentations/participation20%
Exam 115%
Exam 215%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: In this course we will explore the themes of modern philosophy with a focus on the thought of Kant, in whom the era reached its apogee.  Along the way we will:
  • develop strategies for effectively reading philosophical texts
  • learn and critically engage the basic theories Kant and the moderns as communicated in these texts
  • develop a philosophical vocabulary
  • meaningfully reflect upon Kant’s views on religion in light of his larger project, and their significance for our lives and faith
COURSE OUTLINE:Work though and critically discuss these two texts, spending roughly half the course on each (supplemented by contextualizing lectures).


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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