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Instructor: Dan Layman. This course meets Monday – Friday from 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. in Peabody 216.

This course will be an introduction to Western philosophy as it was practiced during the early modern period of roughly 1600 CE to 1800 CE. While we will read and discuss texts written by a wide range of philosophers from different schools of thought, we will use a single set of questions to guide us through the texts: what are ideas, how do we get them, and how do they put us in contact with the world outside our minds? Readings will include selections from Rene Descartes, David Hume, and Thomas Reid, among others.  Dan Layman’s webpage