SRJC Course Outlines

11/29/2023 6:55:31 AMPHIL 21 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHIL 21Title:  HIST WEST PHIL: MODERN  
Full Title:  History of Western Philosophy: Modern
Last Reviewed:12/10/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PHIL 20.2

Catalog Description:
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History of Western philosophy from the late Renaissance through the Enlightenment (16th-18th Centuries).


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of English 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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History of Western philosophy from the late Renaissance through the Enlightenment (16th-18th Centuries).
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Completion of English 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1980
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesSpring 1987
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesSpring 1987
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1980Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1980Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: PHIL 140 History of Modern Philosophy SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHIL21

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Describe the evolution of Western philosophical thought from the late Renaissance
     through the Enlightenment period.
2.  Describe how the views of the philosophers of this period reflected the historical
      and cultural contexts of the time.
3.  Interpret and critique representative samples of the most significant philosophical
     literature of this period (e.g. Descartes' Meditations, Hobbes' Leviathan,
      Berkeley's Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous, Locke's an Essay Concerning
      Human Understanding, Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding,  
      Spinoza's Ethics, Kant's Prolegamena and Marx's Das Kapital).

Topics and Scope
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  1.     Introduction
         A.      The transition from the late Renaissance to the end of the Enlightenment
         B.      Modern period (the Renaissance, religion and science)
  2.    Rene Descartes
         A.      The method of doubt
          B.      Cogito
         C.      Rationalism
         D.      Mind
         E.      God
         F.      Matter
 3.   Thomas Hobbes
        A.      Mechanistic materialism
        B.      Egoism
        C.      State of nature
        D.      Social contract
 4.   Baruch Spinoza
        A.      Monism
        B.      Pantheism
        C.      Rationalism
        D.      Psychology
        E.      Ethics
 5.    Gottfried Leibniz
        A.      Logic
        B.      Principle of sufficient reason
        C.      Pre-established harmony
        D.      God
        E.      Monads
 6.   John Locke
        A.      Origins of empiricism
        B.      Origins of modern political liberalism
 7.   George Berkeley
        A.      Immaterialism
        B.      Empiricism
        C.      Philosophy of religion
 8. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
        A.    Ethics
        B.      State of nature
        C.       Social Contract
 9.    David Hume
        A.      Empiricism
        B.      Critique of causality
        C.      Induction and personal identity
        D.      Religion
        E.      Ethics
10.   Immanuel Kant
        A.      Synthetic a priori judgments
        B.      Space
        C.      Time
        D.      Categories of the understanding
        E.      The categorical imperative
        F.      Freedom
        G.      God

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1. Regular reading assignments 20-50 pages from primary sources, course texts
     and/or supplementary materials.
2. 10-20  learning assessments the cover the assigned readings.
3. Term paper(s) of 2500 to 5000 words in which philosophical issues raised
     in class are explored.
4. At least two mid-term examinations.  Students must write in-class essays in response
    to questions on material covered in class and in texts.
5. A final examination including written essay(s) in response to questions on material
     covered in class and in texts.  
6. Participation in class discussions.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 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 - 50%
Tests and exams will include multiple choice and essay questions
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT BUY TEXTBOOKS before checking with the SRJC Bookstore.
These titles are representative only, and may not be the same ones used in your class.
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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.  Locke, John.  Prometheus Books: 1995
Classics of Western Philosophy (8th Edition), Cahn, Steven M.  Hackett Publishing Co: 2012
David Hume Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, 2nd ed.,  Ed.  Steinberg, Eric.  Hackett:  1993
Descartes' Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy, 4th Ed.. Tr .Cress, Donald A.  Hackett: 1999
The Great Conversation:  A Historical Introduction to Philosophy (6th Edition). Melchert, Norman.  Oxford University Press:  2010
A Historical Introduction to Philosophy.  Fieser, James and Lillegard, Norman.  Oxford University Press:  2002. (Classic)
Kant's Prolegamena to Any Future Metaphysics:  With Selections from the Critique of Pure Reason, ed.  Hatfield, Gary.  Cambridge:  1997
Leviathan.   Hobbes, Thomas.  Seven Treasures Pub.:  2009
Philosophy: History and Problems, 7th ed. Stumpf, Samuel Enoch and Fieser, James.  McGraw Hill:  2008
Spinoza's Ethics, Tr.  Curley, Edwin.  Penguin Classics:  2005
Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous.   Berkeley, George.  Hackett: 1979

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