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The aim of this course is to understand some of the most significant developments in Western philosophy concerning the question of the nature of reality, both of ourselves and of the world around us, and of our knowledge of that world.

Texts: Aristotle, Introductory Readings (Hackett)
Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (Cambridge UP)
Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (Hackett)
Kant, Critique of Pure Reason (Cambridge UP)


Three small (one- to two-page) weekly assignments.
One paper (5-6 pages), draft, presentation, and rewrite required.
Take-home final examinationthree hours, three essays, closed bookbased on essay questions to be distributed the last day of class.

Course Outline and Readings

Aristotle on Change, Nature, and the Soul
Week one Physics Book I
Week two Physics Book II
Week three De Anima
Descartes and the Realization of Modernity
Week four Meditations, Synopsis and Meditations 1 and 2
Week five Meditations, Meditations 3 and 4
Week six Meditations, Meditations 5 and 6
Week seven Presentations
Humes Sceptical Doubts
Week eight Enquiry I III
Week nine Enquiry IV - V
Kants Copernican Revolution
Week ten Critique B Preface and B Introduction
Week eleven Transcendental Aesthetic in B edition
Week twelve Transcendental Logic in B
Week thirteen Transcendental Analytic in B
Week fourteen Conclusions