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PHIL 312. History of Philosophy. (4).

This course is a general introduction to some of the main problems and debates in the history of philosophy. Students will acquire a basic familiarity with the major themes of ancient Greek and Medieval metaphysics, epistemology, psychology, and moral theory. We will also investigate the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries and the serious conceptual crises it caused in modern thought and the 19th Century thinkers who were responding to these modern figures. Students will acquire experience in the analysis of original texts and the arguments they contain through close reading, class discussions and group activities. The aim of the course is to introduce you to some of the central problems of ancient, medieval, modern, and nineteenth century philosophy; to teach you how to reconstruct arguments and evaluate them, and how to write philosophy papers.