Viewing: PHI 301 : Early Modern Philosophy

Last approved: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:01:05 GMT

Last edit: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 20:34:17 GMT

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PHI (Philosophy)
301
017197
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Early Modern Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Philosophy and Religion (16PHI)
38.0101
Philosophy.
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Stephen Puryear
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture4545NoNone
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PHILBA B. A. In Philosophy Elective
16PHILETH Philosophy-BA Sub-Plan Philosphy Ethics Concentration Elective
16PHILLAW Philosophy-BA Sub-Plan Philosophy of Law concentration Elective
16PHILBS Philosophy-BS Elective
16PHILLOG Philosophy-BS Sub-Plan Logic, Representation and Reason Elective
16PHM Minor in PhilosophyElective
Western philosophy of the 17th and 18th centuries, including such philosophers as Descartes, Hobbes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.

No revision. GEP-HUM required.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Humanities
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Deconstruct the concept of "the human experience" through the philosophical study of human knowledge, human mind, and human values.
 
 
Exam questions.
Sample exam questions: “What is the source of human knowledge according to Hume? Can you think of ways to criticize Hume’s empiricist stance? What does Hume say about the extent and limits of reason’s powers and capacities? Do you agree with him? Explain.”
 
 
Think critically and approach various problems analytically; and thereby become aware of the act of analytical thinking itself as the critical form of the study of philosophy by examining the works of some of the greatest philosophers such as Descartes, Spinoza, Locke and Hume.
 
 
Exam questions.
Sample essay questions: “Is there any room for human freedom in Spinoza’s system given that he denies that we can have free will? Are freedom and determinism compatible notions for Spinoza? Do you agree with him? Explain.”
 
 
Construct philosophical arguments and defend those arguments against objections.
 
 
Exam questions.
Sample exam question: “State the main steps of Descartes’s Dream Argument in his First Meditation. What is the conclusion of this argument and why does Descartes come up with this argument? What type of beliefs comes under doubt and what type of knowledge remains incontestable when Descartes considers that he may be dreaming? How would you defend Descartes’s argument against the objection that the Dream Argument entails the disappearance of the difference between dream and waking life?”
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
na
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
na
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
none
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
none
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
R. Descartes, The Passions of the Soul, trans. by M. Moriarty (Oxford World's Classics, 2015), $17.95 (new)
B. Spinoza, Ethics, trans. by Shirley (Hackett, 1992), $11.25 (used)
D. Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature (Penguin, 1969), $12.00 (used)
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See syllabus
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
none
The course is taught by three instructors - Professors Puryear, Hinton and Soyarslan - on a rotating basis; on average there is one section each semester.

GEP suffices


Student Learning Outcomes

GEP suffices


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Attendance10See syllabus
Homework2525 @ 1; see syllabus
Essay15See syllabus
Multiple exams302 @ 15; See syllabus
Final Exam20See syllabus
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introduction / A Skeptical Argument1 wkSee syllabus
Descartes, Discourse and Principles2 wksSee syllabus
Descartes, Passions of the Soul3 wksSee syllabus
Spinoza, Ethics3 wksSee syllabus
Hume, Treatise5 wksSee syllabus
Review1 wkSee syllabus
GER>GEP Providing last approved information
Last approved syllabus- 1993
No university approved GEP information found in records

CIM Notes:
Course objectives added from last approved syllabus
16 weeks added as course length based on university standards
GEP attribute indicated (box checked)
Course delivery needed in CIM
GEP measures and outcomes needed in CIM
Grading/evaluation method needed in CIM
Student Learning Outcomes needed in CIM

Syllabus Notes:

Syllabus review of last approved syllabus based on Syllabus Regulations page: https://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-07/

The following statements which can be found at the above link should be added to the syllabus:
-Students with Disabilities
-Academic Integrity
-PRRs
-Electronic Components

The following components should be added to the syllabus:
-Instructor information including office location, hours, and contact information
-Course prerequisites
-GEP information including categories, measures, and outcomes
-Student Learning Outcomes (measurable)
-Course description that includes catalog description as it is listed in CIM
-Any course components (labs, etc.)
-Projected schedule based on 16 week semester
-Grading/evaluation methods
-Instructor's policies on late work and attendance
-Current textbook requirements

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