The Beginnings of Modern Philosophy

Ref: C3680375

How philosophy came out of the Middle Ages and formed the beginnings of our modern western world. The course will look at the thinking of Descartes in the 17th century and the two prongs of early modern philosophy – Rationalism and Empiricism.

Course aim

to learn an important aspect of how the modern Western world was formed in the 17th century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand important aspects of the thinking behind the modern world.
  • Understand some key philosophical arguments
  • Know the positions and arguments of some of the key figures in the formation of modern thinking.
  • Critique some of what was thought.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All that is needed for the course will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Beginnings of Modern Philosophy

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