This course examines the central figures and issues of the Modern era, especially the European scientific and ontological revolution of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The course focuses on issues that were in those eras and that remain important today, including the state of nature and society, epistemology, metaphysics and the role of God in philosophical and scientific thinking. Topics include the Renaissance and the rise of modern science, Descartes and rationalism, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and empiricism, and Kant and the Copernican revolution.
Prerequisites: Completion of first year writing requirements. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS elective.