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
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.
- Early Modern Rationalism
- Early Modern Empiricism
- German Idealism
- Logical Positivism
- Late Modern Philosophy
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
All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Determined by department