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PHIL 2035 - Foundations of Modern Philosophy

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Incompatible: PHIL 2007 or PHIL 3007
Assessment: Weekly online quizzes 10%, Essay 1 (500 words) 10%, Essay 2 (1,500 words) 30%, Essay 3 (2,500 words) 50%

All traditions in western philosophy are shaped by a series of challenges which occupied philosophers from about the seventeenth century. Philosophers in this modern period tried to come to grips with the consequences of an emerging scientific approach for our understanding of the world and our place in it. Ethics, political philosophy, the theory of knowledge, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, metaphysics and the philosophy of mind would never be the same again. In this course we look at the work of philosophers such as Rene Descartes, Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia, Margaret Cavendish, John Locke, George Berkeley, Gottfried Leibniz, David Hume and Thomas Reid on these themes, with particular emphasis on tracing connections between their arguments and those of present day philosophers. It turns out that many of our present day conundrums over, for example, the role of experience in gaining knowledge of the world, the fundamental character of physical reality, the nature of the mind and our knowledge of ourselves, were anticipated and discussed by these thinkers.

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Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program

Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 12/08/2019 Sat 31/08/2019 Fri 20/09/2019 Fri 01/11/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
20914 LE01 50 26 31 Jul - 18 Sep Wednesday 1pm - 3pm Engineering Nth, N132, Teaching Room
9 Oct - 30 Oct Wednesday 1pm - 3pm Engineering Nth, N132, Teaching Room
28713 LEC0 40 24 No details available
Note: Online Lecture
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
20915 WR01 56 16 2 Aug - 20 Sep Friday 2pm - 3pm Ingkarni Wardli, B17, Teaching Room
11 Oct - 1 Nov Friday 2pm - 3pm Ingkarni Wardli, B17, Teaching Room