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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: PHI                                     Course Number: 330                                    
Course Title: Philosophical Modernity
Subject: Philosophy
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course provides an overview of the problems, positions, and main lines of argument of Western European philosophy in the period, roughly, from Montaigne (1580) to Kant (1781). Philosophical issues are contextualized by reformation, scientific and political revolution, `enlightenment,? colonialism, and the slave trade. The role of criticism and critique in the achievement of the emerging modern paradigm is a course theme. Topics include knowledge, skepticism, and faith; empiricism, rationalism, `mechanical philosophy? and idealism; mind, body, and substance; freedom and determinism; God, natural law, morality, and justice.

Prerequisite: ENG 102 or 201, PHI 105, PHI 210, PHI 231
Start Date:    01/31/2011                         End Date: