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730%20307%20B6%20Johnson - Philosophy 307 Descartes Locke...

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Philosophy 307: Descartes, Locke and the 17 th Century 3.0 Credits Where: Frelinghuysen Hall Room A1 (in the basement) When: MW 6:00PM-10:20PM Course Website: https://sakai.rutgers.edu/ Course Instructor: Michael Johnson Office: 1 Seminary Place, Room 311 (on the third floor) Office phone: n/a Office hours: TTh 3:00-4:00PM & by appointment Email: [email protected] Prerequisite One course in philosophy. Texts There are no standardized texts for the course. All of the books we will be using may be found for free as digital copies online, checked out at a library, or can be purchased for next to nothing used. Additional readings will be scanned and placed on the sakai resources page for the course. Our texts are: Descartes, Rene. 1641. Meditations on First Philosophy . Hobbes, Thomas. 1651. Leviathan . Locke, John. 1690. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding . Recommended website: earlymoderntexts.com Course Description This is a ‘history of ideas’ class. We will be focusing in-depth on the work of four major thinkers in the 17 th century: Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, and Leibniz, particularly their views on the methods of human inquiry, the nature of ideas, the sources of human knowledge, and the metaphysics of objects and persons. Papers will be assigned letter grades, possibly modified with a + or -, and for grade calculation purposes, will be treated as equivalent to the following number grades. Assignments and Grading The grading breakdown for the course is as follows: Attendance: 25%
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1 st Paper: 20% 2 nd Paper: 25% 3 rd Paper: 30% Papers will be assigned letter grades, possibly modified with a + or -, and for grade calculation purposes, will be treated as equivalent to the following number grades. A+ = 98 A = 95 A- = 92 B+ = 89 B = 86 B- = 83 C+ = 80 C = 77 C- = 74 D = 70 F = 60 I never round final grades, but rather use this direct map from all real numbers in the interval [0, 100] to letter grades: [90, 100] A [85, 90) B+ [80, 85) B [75, 80) C+ [70, 75) C [60, 70) D [0, 60) F This means that an 89.995 is still a B+. I may however choose to curve final grades (but don’t
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