PHIL 20B: HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY FROM THE RENAISSANCE THROUGH KANT
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
|Degree & Credit Status:
|Degree-Applicable Credit Course
|Area I: Humanities
|Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify significant theories held by major philosophers and/or philosophic schools of thought from the 17th and 18th century European tradition.
- Explain and evaluate historically important philosophical arguments from ancient through medieval period.
The student will be able to:
- Analyze and evaluate major intellectual movements and representative philosophers from the very late 16th century into the 17th and 18th centuries.
- Examine and compare the development of important and influential epistemic, metaphysical, ethical and political concepts and theories.
- Analyze and summarize interconnections between early modern philosophy and the developing modern science.
- The beginnings of modern philosophy and the presumptive authority of the past
- The Church and Aristotle as limitations on the advancement of scientific and philosophic development during the medieval period
- Natural philosophy's development into modern scientific inquiry
- Nicholas Copernicus
- Johannes Kepler
- Galileo Galilei
- Isaac Newton
- Rene Descartes
- Blaise Pascal
- Baruch Spinoza
- Gottfried Leibniz
- Francis Bacon
- Thomas Hobbes
- John Locke
- George Berkeley
- David Hume
- Enlightenment philosophy
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
- Francois Voltaire
- Immanuel Kant
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
Short answer and essay exams
Quizzes and take-home study questions on the reading
Method(s) of Instruction
Reading of primary and secondary literature
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Cahn, Steven M.. Classics of Western Philosophy. 2012.
Marshall, Eugene, and Susanne Sreedhar. A New Modern Philosophy: The Inclusive Anthology of Primary Sources. 2019.
Baird, Forest (editor). Philosophic Classics, Volume III: Modern Philosophy. 2011.
Ariew, Roger, and Eric Watkins. Modern Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources. 2009.
Some of these anthologies are older than five years; however, the readings themselves are 17th and 18th century and thus there are no recent changes. The books are chosen on the basis of the quality of the selections and translations.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
- Answering critical study questions designed to direct students to key issues
- Comparative written analysis of philosophers based on a list of approved essay topics