Philosophy 170

Fall 2020

Number Title Instructor Days/time Room
170 Descartes Crockett MWF 11-12 Wheeler 102

An intensive introduction to Descartes’s views on physics, metaphysics and epistemology through examination of Descartes’ early works on method, physics and physiology. This includes an in-depth study of the Meditations, focusing on both Descartes’ epistemological project and his anti-scholastic metaphysics supplemented by readings from the Objections and Replies, the Principles, and several important pieces of secondary literature. Issues discussed include the method of doubt, the Cartesian circle, Descartes’ mode of presentation in the Meditations, the creation and ontological status of the eternal truths, the status of the human being, the nature of substance, mind-body dualism and Descartes’ physics as presented in the Principles.

Previously taught: FL18, SU17A, FL15, FL14, FL13, FL11, SP09, SP08, SP06, FL04.