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PHIL4103: Research Topics: Early Modern Philosophy

This unit will examine key texts, thinkers and movements in the history of early modern philosophy. Topics to be considered may include conceptions of personal identity, the body, the passions, perception, knowledge and the natural world. The writings of philosophers stressing the importance of reason (e.g., Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz) and experience (e.g., Locke, Berkeley, Hume) may be considered with the aim of rethinking standard conceptual divisions that fail to acknowledge important continuities between these thinkers.

Code PHIL4103
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the nature and status of principles in early modern philosophy from Bacon to Reid
  • LO2. demonstrate skills in argument analysis and conceptual analysis
  • LO3. acquire interdisciplinary research methods through drawing of connections between philosophy, science and history
  • LO4. develop historical perspective on origins of contemporary developments in logic, philosophy of science and moral philosophy.