FYS%20course%20description%202010

FYS%20course%20description%202010 - Department of...

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Department of Philosophy Knowledge and ideas in early modern philosophy PHIL 198; 2010 Prof. Emily Carson Leacock 936; 398-6065 Office hours: TTh 10:15-11:15, 1:15-2:15 In this course, we will consider the fundamental question of the relation between thought and its object: how do ideas represent reality? The philosophers we will consider— Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume—had different accounts of what ideas are and how we come to have them. These differences in turn led to different accounts of the relationship between the way things appear to the senses and the way they really are ‘in themselves’. We will consider the implications of these different views for what we can claim to know. The course will focus on several associated skills: the ability to read a text both charitably and critically; the ability to write a philosophical essay; the ability to construct and reconstruct arguments with the appropriate level of rigour; and the ability to engage in philosophical debate. Texts:
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