Faculty of Arts

PHIL 309

Early Modern Philosophy

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for PHIL 309.


The 17th and 18th centuries were an intellectually fertile period in Europe. New theories about the shape of the world and its place in the cosmos and new ideas about how one engages in scientific enquiry called into question the received wisdom of prior generations. This revolution in science prompted people to ask with renewed vigour a number of age old philosophical questions and to formulate new approaches to answering them. These questions included: What can we know? How, and under what conditions, can we know it? Can we know that God exists? Can we trust our senses and do we know that the physical world exists? What kinds of creatures are we? What are our emotions and how do they work? How do we know right from wrong? In Philosophy 309 we shall explore these questions and the ways in which key thinkers of the period – such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hutcheson, and Hume – answered them.

Availability 2012

Semester 2


Lecturer(s) Professor Rosalind Hursthouse
Dr Denis Robinson


PHIL 309: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Philosophy


PHIL 208, 267, 328

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