Course Code
PHIL 0030
Course Type
Subject Credit
Course Availability

This course explores the philosophy of the European Enlightenment. The impact of the Enlightenment, as a radical re-examination of core beliefs and the best role to be played in them by the rational mind, is still being felt today. This course explores the concepts which framed Enlightenment philosophy, and the key thinkers who originated them.

Sample Topics:

  • Descartes, Discourse on Method, Meditations
  • Spinoza, Ethics
  • Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Two Treatises of Civil Government, Letter Concerning Toleration
  • Berkeley, Three Dialogues
  • Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  • Rousseau, The Social Contract; Smith, The Wealth of Nations
  • Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, What Is Enlightenment?