17th and 18th Century Philosophy (PHIL 318)

Manchester College, Spring 2012    Instructor: Steve Naragon


Welcome to these online materials for the Spring 2012 course on 17th and 18th Century Philosophy (PHIL 318, Manchester College).

This course meets three times weekly for 50 minutes, and is devoted to reading and discussing selections from the writings of European philosophers from the 16th through the 18th centuries (including Hobbes, Descartes, Locke, Spinoza, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant), with an emphasis on their epistemology and metaphysics.

A lot happened during these centuries, not least of which were the birth of modern science, of the modern state, and of the modern self.

As might be expected, philosophers were always on hand to serve as midwives, and often they counted the progeny as their own.

The photos appearing on these pages are of various philosophers — some of whom we will read, and many of whom have deeply influenced the beliefs you are carrying around in your head.  To learn their name, hold your cursor over the image.

Contacting Me

Click on my name (above) to reach my home page with contact information and a link for my Spring '12 schedule.

I will try to keep the office hours indicated on the weekly schedule, but I’m happy to meet at other times as well; just see me before or after class to arrange something.  Otherwise, I am best reached by email or voice-mail left at my office (982-5041).

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