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|Title: ||PHIL 203-01, Early Modern Philosophy, Spring 2005|
|Authors: ||Shade, Patrick A.|
|Date Issued: ||14-Jan-2005|
|Publisher: ||Rhodes College, Memphis, TN|
|Series/Report no.: ||Syllabi CRN|
|Abstract: ||General Description:
Modern Philosophy arose amidst the excitement of the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution (yet some would argue that it still had one foot firmly rooted in Medieval thought). It can be characterized by two distinctive features:
(1) it tends to be “revolutionary,” rejecting the work of predecessors and the authority of tradition, and
(2) its dominant concerns are the foundations of knowledge (both theoretical and practical) and the power(s) of reason.
Our goal will be to understand, and to formulate critical assessments of, the dominant themes of modern philosophy. Topics considered will include: possible foundations of knowledge, the relation of reason to what is “non-rational” (passions, feelings, inclinations, instincts), the nature of reality, what it means to be human, and God’s existence.
Main Course Issue:
Two main questions will guide our exploration of our three philosophers. They are: What can reason accomplish (especially on its own)? and What things threaten or impede reason? Additional questions include: What is reason’s nature? What are its powers? What are its means? What are its ends? What are its products? What are its limits? What other powers besides reason do humans have? Which powers should have priority?|
|Description: ||This syllabus was submitted to the Rhodes College Office of Academic Affairs by the course instructor.|
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