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History of Modern Philosophy


Blocks 1 and 2: Alberto Hernandez-Lemus

This course fulfills the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

This course is an excellent introduction to the liberal arts and a core course of the philosophy major and minor.  It is a study of the evolution of philosophical modernity and of the modern concept of the subject or “self.” While the course focuses on major ethical, epistemological and metaphysical developments from the beginning of the 17th century to the end of the 19th century, it begins by situating these issues in the history of medieval philosophy. Philosophers covered include Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel and Marx.

A two-block course with one instructor; one grade will be given for the course as a whole.


• This course serves as a gateway to the Philosophy major.

• Course will carry a Community Based Learning Tag.

• We will spend two weeks at Baca: third week of Block 1 and second week of Block 2.

• Students are encouraged to read Descartes’ Meditations (Cambridge Edition) during the summer.