PHIL 151 History of Philosophy: Descartes to Kant




Through this course, students will be introduced to the most influential Western philosophers of the Modern era. The focus will be the metaphysics and epistemology of philosophers in both the Rationalist and Empiricist traditions - philosophers like Rene Descartes, Baruch Spinoza, John Locke, George Berkeley, Gottfried Leibniz, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant. Coverage may vary from instructor to instructor and may include the writing of philosophers bookending this core group.

Course Notes

PHIL 151 is an approved Self and Society course for Cap Core requirements.

Course Outlines

Please note: Course outlines of record posted may vary from the section syllabus distributed by each instructor (e.g. textbooks, assignments, timing of midterms).

Effective Term
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