SRJC Course Outlines

7/18/2024 6:56:55 PMPHIL 21 Course Outline as of Summer 2022

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:
Eligibility for ENGL 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:Eligibility for ENGL 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


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Describe and explain the philosophical views of prominent philosophers of this period.
2.  Critically evaluate the major arguments and viewpoints of the philosophers studied.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should 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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I. Introduction
    A. The transition from the late Renaissance to the end of the Enlightenment
    B. Modern period (the Renaissance, religion and science)
II. Rene Descartes
    A. The method of doubt
     B. Cogito
    C. Rationalism
    D. Mind
    E. God
    F. Matter
III. Thomas Hobbes
    A. Mechanistic materialism
    B. Egoism
    C. State of nature
    D. Social contract
IV. Baruch Spinoza
    A. Monism
    B. Pantheism
    C. Rationalism
    D. Psychology
    E. Ethics
V. Gottfried Leibniz
    A. Logic
    B. Principle of sufficient reason
    C. Pre-established harmony
    D. God
    E. Monads
VI. John Locke
    A. Origins of empiricism
    B. Origins of modern political liberalism
VII. George Berkeley
    A. Immaterialism
    B. Empiricism
    C. Philosophy of religion
VIII. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    A. Ethics
    B. State of nature
    C. Social Contract
IX. David Hume
    A. Empiricism
    B. Critique of causality
    C. Induction and personal identity
    D. Religion
    E. Ethics
X. 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. Regular reading responses or activities (10-15) which 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 which include in-class essay(s) on material covered
    in readings and class discussions
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 paper(s)
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%
Midterms, final exam will include multiple choice and essay questions
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Ethics: Benedict de Spinoza. Tr.  Curley, Edwin. Penguin Classics. 2015
The Great Conversation:  A Historical Introduction to Philosophy. 7th ed. Melchert, Norman. Oxford University Press. 2014 (classic)
Philosophy: A Historical Survey with Essential Readings. 9th ed.  Stumpf, Samuel, and Fieser, James.  McGraw Hill Educational. 2014 (classic)
Classics of Western Philosophy. 8th ed. Cahn, Steven. Hackett Publishing Co. 2012 (classic)
Philosophy: History and Readings. 8th ed. Stumpf, Samuel Enoch and Fieser, James. McGraw Hill. 2011 (classic)
Leviathan. Hobbes, Thomas. CreateSpace independent Publishing Platform. 2011 (classic)
Descartes' Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy. 4th ed. Descartes, Rene and Tr .Cress, Donald. Hackett Publishing Company. 1999 (classic)
Kant's Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics: With Selections from the Critique of Pure Reason, ed. Kant, Immanuel. Cambridge University Press. 1997 (classic)
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. 2nd ed. Hume, David and Steinberg, Eric. Hackett Publishing Company. 1993 (classic)
Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous. Berkeley, George. Hackett Publishing Company. 1979 (classic)

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