PHIL-135: History of Modern Philosophy

School
Liberal Arts
Department
Philosophy
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Philosophy
Course Number
135
Course Title
History of Modern Philosophy
Credit Hours
3.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Catalog Course Description

A continuation of the history of Western philosophy focusing on the major philosophers and major developments through the twentieth century from Descartes through Wittgenstein. Examines influential currents such as rationalism, empiricism, idealism, romanticism, Marxism, Darwinism, positivism, pragmatism, phenomenology, existentialism and analysis.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The goal of this course is to provide students with knowledge of major figures in the history of philosophy, understanding of the development of philosophical ideas over the centuries, and an awareness of the enterprise of philosophy.

Core Course Topics
  1. Philosophy
  2. Arguments
  3. Early Modern Rationalism
  4. Early Modern Empiricism
  5. Kant
  6. German Idealism
  7. Existentialism
  8. Logical Positivism
  9. Late Modern Philosophy
  10. Wittgenstein
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Define "philosophy" and its various branches.

State the major questions considered by influential philosophers and schools of thought of the Modern period.

Explain the answers given by influential philosophers and schools of thought of the Modern period listed above to the major philosophical questions of their day.

Describe the philosophical method of argumentation.

Summarize the arguments given by influential philosophers and schools of thought of the Modern period.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
03/15/2013
AALC Approval Date
01/15/2014
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
01/15/2014