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|Discipline and Nbr:
HIST WEST PHIL: MODERN||
History of Western Philosophy: Modern
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||17.5 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
History of Western philosophy from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
History of Western Philosophy from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century.
(Grade or P/NP)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Major Applicable Course
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1980||Inactive:||
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||C2||Humanities||Spring 1987||
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||3B||Humanities||Spring 1987||
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1980||Inactive:||
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1980||Inactive:||
| CID Descriptor: PHIL 140|| History of Modern Philosophy|| SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHIL21
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the philosophical views of the more prominent philosophers of
this period, including such thinkers as: Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza,
Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx,
the Utilitarians, the Existentialists, the Logical Positivists, and
2. Describe the evolution of Western philosophical thought from the
Renaissance to the twentieth century, describing how the views of the
philosophers of this period developed out of or in response to the
ideas of their predecessors or contemporaries.
3. Critically evaluate the arguments and viewpoints of the philosophers
4. Compare and contrast the major philosophical movements and ideas
during this period.
5. Describe the historical and cultural contexts in which these
philosophies were developed.
6. Interpret representative samples of the most significant philosophical
literature of this period (e.g. Descartes' MEDITATIONS, Berkeley's
THREE DIALOGUES BETWEEN HYLAS AND PHILONOUS), and demonstrate this
understanding in writing.
Topics and Scope
A typical Philosophy 21 course covers the following topics in
approximately the following sequence:
1. Introduction - The transition from the Medieval to the modern period
(the Renaissance, religion and science).
2. Descartes - the method of doubt, cogito, rationalism, mind, God, and
3. Hobbes - mechanistic materialism, egoism, state of nature, social
4. Spinoza - monism, pantheism, rationalism, psychology, ethics.
5. Leibniz - logic, principle of sufficient reason, pre-established
harmony, God, monads.
6. Locke - origins of empiricism, origins of modern political liberalism.
7. Berkeley - immaterialism, empiricism, philosophy of religion.
8. Hume - empiricism, critique of causality, induction and personal
identity, religion, ethics.
9. Kant - synthetic a priori judgments, space, time, categories of the
understanding, the categorical imperative, freedom, God.
10. Hegel - absolute idealism, God, dialectic, philosophy of history
11. Schopenhauer - critique of Hegel, the will, pessimism, philosophy of
12. Marx - alienation, class, historical materialism, dialectical
13. Utilitarians - the principle of utility, Bentham, Mill, liberty.
14. Existentialists and their predecessors - Nietzsche, Kierkegarrd,
15. Pragmatists - Pierce, Dewey, James.
16. Twentieth Century analytic philosophy - logical positivism, Russell,
Assignments for Philosophy 21 vary but typically include the following:
1. Regular reading assignments from course texts and supplementary
2. Regular or occasional quizzes which cover the assigned readings.
Quizzes may be either multiple choice or short essay.
3. At least two midterm examinations. Each exam is approximately one
hour long. Students must write in-class essays in response to
questions on material covered in class and in texts.
4. A final examination - approximately 2-3 hours long. Students must
write in-class essays in response to questions on material covered
in class and in texts.
5. Students may also be required to write a term paper in which they
discuss a philosophical issue raised in class.
6. Students will be encouraged to participate in class discussions.
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
65 - 75%
|Written homework, Term papers||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
15 - 25%
|Multiple choice, Essay Exams||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
10 - 20%
PHILOSOPHY: HISTORY AND PROBLEMS, Samuel Stumpf, 3rd ed., McGraw-Hill,
THE GREAT CONVERSATION: A HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY,
Norman Melchert, 2nd ed., Mayfield Publishing Company, 2000.
THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY: A HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY, William F.
Lawhead, Wadsworth, 1996.