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Instructor: Christian Loew. This class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. in Peabody 216.

The class examines philosophers from the 17th- and 18th-century with emphasis on a careful examination of texts. The seminar provides a general overview of philosophical issues of the period. We will read, among others, Descartes, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Leibniz, Anne Cavendish and David Hume. The revolutions in science during the early modern period lead to dramatic changes in the understanding of philosophy, religion and even the ordinary world. Understanding these developments will help us realize that our current views are not obvious or inevitable but have resulted from prolonged theorizing and discussion. Students need to be prepared to carefully read the relevant texts and discuss them.

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