PHIL 3322
Early Modern Philosophy

Syllabus and Readings

Syllabus (description of course, requirements)
Detailed Schedule (the place to check for the reading for the next class; may change as the semester progresses)


Information to follow; for information from the previous offering of the course, see below under "Materials from the Previous Offering"

The Literature Review Assignment

Description of the Assignment
Some entries into the secondary literature

The Paper

Information on Writing the Paper



Some Themes in Early Modern Philosophy Some of the main topics we will trace.
Some Key Concepts Concepts we will keep an eye on as we move from philosopher to philosopher


Overview of Meditations I-II
Meditation III: Questions
Descartes: Formal and Objective Reality
Descartes: Some Major Points


The "one substance" argument of Part I
Spinoza, Themes from Part I after Prop. 14
Spinoza, Part II: Some Themes


Notes on the Monadology


Locke on Substance
Locke on Power  
Locke on Knowledge
Locke on Judgment, Faith, Reason, etc.


Berkeley Overview
Berkeley: Some Main Arguments


Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, I-II 
Hume on Experimental Inference


Kant Overview (longish -- about 8000 words)
Kant - Transcendental Deduction
Kant - Paralogisms (on the nature of the self)
Kant - Third Antinomy (on freedom and necessity)

Materials from the Previous Offering

Questions and Information on the Midterm Exam
Questions and Information on the Final Exam


Last update: June 11, 2009
Curtis Brown  |  Classical Modern Philosophy   | Philosophy Department  |   Trinity University