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PHIL2629 - Descartes and Continental Philosophy

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Anik Waldow


Descartes is generally regarded as the founder of modern philosophy, and in this unit we look both at his own contribution, and at his influence on the subsequent course of philosophical thought in the work of Malebranche, Spinoza, and Leibniz. Just over half the unit will be devoted to Descartes' own thought, and we will look at the various stages in the development of his ideas. In the second half of the unit, we will examine the ideas of his successors on selected metaphysical themes, above all on perception and the mind/body question.


1x1000 word tutorial exercise (30%), 1x1000 word presentation (20%), 1x2500 word essay (50%)


R. Descartes, Discourse on Method and Other Writings, trans. D. Clarke (Penguin paperback)
R. Descartes, The Passions of the Soul (Hackett, paperback)
Malebranche, The Search after Truth, T. Lennon a. P. Olscamp (Cambdridge University Press, paperback),
B. Spinoza, Ethics, (Penguin paperback)


1x2 hour lecture and 1x1 hour tutorial per week


12 Junior credit points in Philosophy


PHIL2004, PHIL3004

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