Basic knowledge in history of philosophy.
Students are expected to identify the main figures, their philosophical claims in context and the arguments purported to ground those claims. By completing the course, students will acquire competence in the systematic interpretation of historical philosophical texts.
This course introduces students to the core issues of early modern philosophical thought, especially concerning epistemology and metaphysics in Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Leibniz and Kant. This includes the key concepts and issues of mind-body interaction, the nature of the mind, matter, perception and thought, causation, free will, primary and secondary qualities, and self and personal identity.
John Cottingham, The Rationalists. OUP 1988; R.S. Woolhouse, The Empiricists. OUP 1998; D. Garber and M. Ayers, (eds.), The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, 2 vols. CUP 1998; John W. Yolton, Perceptual Acquaintance from Descartes to Reid
Written exam; scale 0–5
Language of instruction: English
Participation in at least 75% of the sessions is required. The course combines lectures with interpretative work on some primary texts, always given in the English translation, which students are expected to read and that are to be discussed in the classes. Students will be asked to prepare a short presentation by the end of the course plus a written exam. Alternatively, this course can be done via book examination, depending on an agreement with the responsible teacher.