FROM 1492 TO 1776


Date Lecture Reading

Jan. 5 1492 and all that.
Jan. 7 1 Aristotle and the American Packet Part 1
Indians; Skepticism Packet Part III
Diogenes Laertius
Jan. 12 Descartes, Skepticism and Med. I--II;
Science Cottingham, 31--50
Jan. 14 2 Descartes and God Med. III--V
Jan. 19 Descartes and the Mind Med. VI;
Cottingham Ch. 3
Jan. 21 3 Spinoza Cottingham Ch. 4
Jan. 26 Locke on ideas and perception Essay II. 1--10
Jan. 28 4 Locke and Science E. II. 13--23
--Midterm study questions passed out--
Feb. 2 Locke on Identity E. II. 27;
Woolhouse Ch. 6
Feb. 4 5 Midterm
Feb. 9 Leibniz on identity Cottingham Ch. 5;
New Essays -packet-
Feb. 11 6 Locke on civil government Sec. Tre. Ch. 1--9
Feb. 16 Locke on revolution S. T. Ch. 15--19;
Hogg, Slavery
Feb. 18 7 Slavery and natural rights Equiano;
--Draft of paper due-- Packet Part II
Feb. 23 Berkeley and Immaterialism The first Dialogue
8 Feb. 25 Berkeley and Science The second dialogue
Woolhouse Ch. 7
Mar. 2 Hume on Ideas, Causation Enquiry 1--5
and Induction Woolhouse Ch. 8
Mar. 4 9 Hume on miracles etc. Enquiry 10 and 12
--Final draft of papers due--
Mar. 9 Hume and Natural Religion Dial. C. N. R. 1--8
Woolhouse Ch. 5
Mar. 11 10 The Problem of Evil D. C. N. R. 10--12
Mar. 16 Tuesday 6:00 P.M. FINAL



  1. Cottingham, The Rationalists
  2. Descartes, Meditations
  3. The Empiricists
  4. Equiano, Equiano's Travels
  5. Hogg, Slavery (packet)
  6. Philosophy and Racism (packet)
  7. Woolhouse, The Empiricists,


There will be a series of study questions on many (though likely not all) of the readings. I will ask you to turn in written answers to a few (two or three) of these questions each time there are such questions. These written answers are due at the beginning of class on the day specified for the discussion of the text to which they relate. I will accept one late assignment, but no later than the end of the day on which it is due. There may also be pop quizzes in class. These will have the same status as the take home questions. The answers to study questions or pop quizzes will be given either a check or a minus.

There will be a midterm and a final. For a grade of C one must do most of the question sets and get checks on at least 4 of the written study question assignments and one must also take the exams and average a grade of at least a C.

For a grade of B or A one must meet the written study question/pop quiz requirement, take the exams and average a B or A grade on the exams and paper. The paper is a 12 to 14 page research paper. (This means a title page and a minimum of 12 full pages of text.) I will supply you with a variety of possible topics. The midterm and the written questions/pop quizzes will count as 20% of your grade, the midterm will count 20%, the final 30%, and the paper 30% of the total. Everyone should note that while class participation is not given a formal place in the grading scheme, I often reward people who participate actively in class discussion by raising their grade when they are on a borderline.


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