Descartes and Continental Philosophy (PHIL2629)

UNIT OF STUDY

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.

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Classes

1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Assessment

1x1000wd tutorial exercise (30%), 1x1000wd presentation (20%), 1x2500 word essay (50%)

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No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points in Philosophy

Prohibitions

PHIL3004, PHIL2004

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