Modern Philosophy

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern Philosophy

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    The student:
    - will have a basic understanding of the history of modern philosophy, specifically the period ranging from Descartes to Brentano;
    - will know some of the important figures of this period (i.a. Descartes, Leibniz, Hume, Du Chatelet, Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Marx, Paulsen, and Brentano) and their theories;
    - will be able to distinguish rationalist, empiricist, skeptical, critical, idealist, and existential theories

    COURSE CONTENT
    - Introduction to the philosophers and theories mentioned above
    - study of primary texts, individually and in class;
    - the historical context in which these philosophers and theories developed;
    - the sense and use of history of philosophy;
    - reading and understanding the original sources.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written examination

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    Courses in the history of ancient and medieval philosophy

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