Office: 3311 Boylan
Virtual Office Hours: W 1:00 – 2:00 PM or by appointment
Course times: W 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, optional and only on scheduled days
Virtual classroom: Zoom (link will be provided)
Course site: Blackboard through CUNY
Course Description: From the 16th until the early 18th centuries, as Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Bernoulli, and Newton revolutionized science, Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, and Hume, among others, shaped the modern philosophical worldview.
What were their conceptions of the nature of reality? How could we attain knowledge of it? How should natural philosophy or science be practiced? What was the relationship between knowledge, opinion, and faith? What did the human freedom of will mean?
We will study these questions in order to understand how modern philosophy arose. This will help us understand what it means to be philosophically “modern.”
By the end of the semester, the students will have a panoramic understanding of the major philosophical problems that arose with the advent of modernity and will be able to articulate some of the most important arguments that try to resolve them.
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